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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
U.S. COAST GUARD
ADMIRAL ROBERT E. KRAMEK
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Good moming, Mr. Chairman. It is a pleasure to appear before this distinguished Committee today to discuss the Coast Guard's fiscal year 1999 budget request and its impact on the current and future state of the Service. Before I begin, I would like to thank you for your strong bipartisan support of H.R. 2204, the Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1998 and
1999. This proposal will improve our financial and personnel management, enhance maritime
safety and environmental protection, and improve navigation safety, while ensuring the Coast Guard remains at the forefront of public service.
During the past four years, the dedicated men and women of the Coast Guard have fulfilled our role as the world's premier maritime service. They have:
Saved more than 19,500 lives and nearly $9.3 billion in property.
The Coast Guard has also accepted the challenge to operate and manage more effectively; to engage in smart business practices; and to employ the tenets of quality centered management, the National Performance Review and the Government Performance and Results Act to achieve the
greatest possible savings and efficiencies. The result is a lean Coast Guard, staffed at a most efficient organization“ level, which stands proudly as a model of better government at less cost.
Operating the Coast Guard To provide services to the public, in fiscal year 1999 the Coast Guard requests $2,772 million in Operating Expenses (OE) and $67 million in Reserve Training Funds. Included in this request are the necessary funds to restore the Coast Guard workforce, currently under strength largely due to a very strong economy; and funds to provide adequate quality of life for Coast Guard personnel. To continue delivering current services at the requested level, I have identified nearly $58 million in additional internal efficiencies. The Reserve Training Request funds a Selected Reserve strength of 7,600 personnel that are part of Team Coast Guard and are integral to service delivery. I request your full support for both the Operating Expenses and Reserve Training requests as any reductions will impact the Coast Guard's ability to provide the services to the public. Our fiscal year 1999 OE request reflects the Coast Guard's priorities across five strategic goals - safety, protection of natural resources, mobility, maritime security, and national defense.
Safety The Coast Guard's goal is to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage associated with maritime transportation, fishing, and recreational boating. Each year, we respond to more than 50,000 search and rescue calls for assistance alone - from recreational boaters in distress to freighters sinking in gale-force winds. Each year, the Coast Guard saves approximately $2.5 billion dollars in property and 5,000 lives during search and rescue missions. Our marine safety program promotes safety through both our regulatory and inspection roles.
Protection of Natural Resources We strive to eliminate environmental damage and natural resource degradation on the high seas, within the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone, and in our territorial seas, ports and waterways. We protect the nation's valuable natural marine resources from the dangers of overfishing and foreign poaching. Every day, the Coast Guard patrols the closed fishing grounds off New