June 14, 2007
More Deepwater legislation
Rep. James L. Oberstar (D. Minn.), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D, Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, have announced the introduction of the Integrated Deepwater Reform Act.
A Senate bill with a similar title (S. 924: Integrated Deepwater Program Reform Act) was introduced May 20, 2007 by Senator Maria Cantwell (D. Wash).
The House legislation, which is being created in response to several hearings held by the T&I Committee and Coast Guard Subcommittee, will make structural changes and reforms to the Coast Guard’s Deepwater acquisition program.
Among other things, the bill would prevent private contractors from being the program's lead systems integrator from a date two years after its enactment.
The legislation would also require that the Coast Guard appoint a civilian chief acquisition officer to oversee the program.