â€œThis bill, the product of four years of work, provides a long overdue authorization for the Coast Guard and significantly strengthens the serviceâ€™s management of its many missions,â€ said Cummings. â€œIn particular, the bill will strengthen the serviceâ€™s control of its billion dollar annual acquisition program.
â€œIt also includes provisions that will improve the serviceâ€™s marine safety program and ensure it is staffed by personnel who meet qualification standards, support efforts to reduce emissions from ships, and impose new safety standards on the fishing industry. I am pleased that the Senate was able to move quickly to approve this authorization, so that it can be sent on to the President for his signature. This bill will change the way the Coast Guard does business, and I believe it will change it for the better.â€
Along with major changes to the acquisition process and the marine safety program implemented by the Coast Guard, the legislation will reorganize the serviceâ€™s senior leadership, strengthen our merchant marine and strengthen the serviceâ€™s homeland security missions.