[USC07] 14 USC 2903: Major acquisitions
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14 USC 2903: Major acquisitions Text contains those laws in effect on February 20, 2018

§2903. Major acquisitions

(a) In General.-In conjunction with the transmittal by the President to Congress of the budget of the United States for fiscal year 2014 and biennially thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report on the status of all major acquisition programs.

(b) Information To Be Included.-Each report under subsection (a) shall include for each major acquisition program-

(1) a statement of the Coast Guard's mission needs and performance goals relating to such program, including a justification for any change to those needs and goals subsequent to a report previously submitted under this section;

(2) a justification explaining how the projected number and capabilities of assets acquired under such program meet applicable mission needs and performance goals;

(3) an identification of any and all mission hour gaps, accompanied by an explanation of how and when the Coast Guard will close those gaps;

(4) an identification of any changes with respect to such program, including-

(A) any changes to the timeline for the acquisition of each new asset and the phaseout of legacy assets; and

(B) any changes to-

(i) the costs of new assets or legacy assets for that fiscal year or future fiscal years; or

(ii) the total acquisition cost;

(5) a justification explaining how any change to such program fulfills the mission needs and performance goals of the Coast Guard;

(6) a description of how the Coast Guard is planning for the integration of each new asset acquired under such program into the Coast Guard, including needs related to shore-based infrastructure and human resources;

(7) an identification of how funds in the applicable fiscal year's budget request will be allocated, including information on the purchase of specific assets;

(8) a projection of the remaining operational lifespan and life-cycle cost of each legacy asset that also identifies any anticipated resource gaps;

(9) a detailed explanation of how the costs of legacy assets are being accounted for within such program; and

(10) an annual performance comparison of new assets to legacy assets.

(c) Adequacy of Acquisition Workforce.-Each report under subsection (a) shall-

(1) include information on the scope of the acquisition activities to be performed in the next fiscal year and on the adequacy of the current acquisition workforce to meet that anticipated workload;

(2) specify the number of officers, members, and employees of the Coast Guard currently and planned to be assigned to each position designated under section 562(c); 1 and

(3) identify positions that are or will be understaffed and actions that will be taken to correct such understaffing.

(d) Cutters Not Maintained in Class.-Each report under subsection (a) shall identify which, if any, Coast Guard cutters that have been issued a certificate of classification by the American Bureau of Shipping have not been maintained in class, with an explanation detailing the reasons why the cutters have not been maintained in class.

(e) Long-term Major Acquisitions Plan.-Each report under subsection (a) shall include a plan that describes for the upcoming fiscal year, and for each of the 20 fiscal years thereafter-

(1) the numbers and types of cutters and aircraft to be decommissioned;

(2) the numbers and types of cutters and aircraft to be acquired to-

(A) replace the cutters and aircraft identified under paragraph (1); or

(B) address an identified capability gap; and

(3) the estimated level of funding in each fiscal year required to-

(A) acquire the cutters and aircraft identified under paragraph (2);

(B) acquire related command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; and

(C) acquire, construct, or renovate shoreside infrastructure.

(f) Quarterly Updates on Risks of Programs.-

(1) In general.-Not later than 15 days after the end of each fiscal year quarter, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall submit to the committees of Congress specified in subsection (a) an update setting forth a current assessment of the risks associated with all current major acquisition programs.

(2) Elements.-Each update under this subsection shall set forth, for each current major acquisition program, the following:

(A) The top five current risks to such program.

(B) Any failure of such program to demonstrate a key performance parameter or threshold during operational test and evaluation conducted during the fiscal year quarter preceding such update.

(C) Whether there has been any decision during such fiscal year quarter to order full-rate production before all key performance parameters or thresholds are met.

(D) Whether there has been any breach of major acquisition program cost (as defined by the Major Systems Acquisition Manual) during such fiscal year quarter.

(E) Whether there has been any breach of major acquisition program schedule (as so defined) during such fiscal year quarter.

(g) Major Acquisition Program Defined.-In this section, the term "major acquisition program" means an ongoing acquisition undertaken by the Coast Guard with a life-cycle cost estimate greater than or equal to $300,000,000.

(Added Pub. L. 112–213, title II, §210(a), Dec. 20, 2012, 126 Stat. 1550 , §569a; renumbered §2903 and amended Pub. L. 114–120, title I, §101(d)(3), title II, §204(e), Feb. 8, 2016, 130 Stat. 31 , 35.)

References in Text

Section 562(c), referred to in subsec. (c)(2), was redesignated as section 562(b) by Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VIII, §899(b)(1)(B), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2333 .


2016-Pub. L. 114–120, §101(d)(3)(A), (B), renumbered section 569a of this title as this section.

Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 114–120, §101(d)(3)(C), struck out "of this subchapter" after "section 562(c)".

Subsecs. (e) to (g). Pub. L. 114–120, §204(e), added subsecs. (e) and (f) and redesignated former subsec. (e) as (g).

Additional Submissions

Commandant of the Coast Guard shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives each plan required under subsection (e) of this section, see section 101(f) of Pub. L. 114–120, set out as a note under section 569 of this title.

1 See References in Text note below.