- What gaps exist in Coast Guard cost-estimating ability?
- What alternatives are available to bridge those gaps?
This Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center report assesses the capabilities of the current Coast Guard cost-estimating workforce; identifies current requirements and current and future demands for cost-estimating services, based on Coast Guard acquisition plans; and recommends staffing and organizational alternatives to achieve flexibility to deal with future requirements.
- The Coast Guard can more effectively manage the currently supported twenty full time equivalents through a competency aligned organization.
- The Coast Guard's current structure, which relies heavily on contracting, hampers cross-program cost comparisons and keeps cost estimators from increasing their subject knowledge. Furthermore, cost estimators often cannot access contractors' models and data.
Researchers found three alternatives for the Coast Guard's cost-estimating capability.
- Alternative A would maintain the status quo. This option saves review time and does not require extra billets, but is the least responsive to required changes.
- Alternative B would create a civilian-military competency-aligned division. This division would be best aligned to meet changing requirements and improve communication and career advancement. However, it would add more time to review and would require realignment of cost estimator billets.
- Alternative C would be similar to Alternative B, but would initially include contracting support as well.
Table of Contents
Congressional, Government Accountability Office, Department of Homeland Security, and Coast Guard Requirements
Coast Guard Cost-Analysis Capabilities Compared with U.S. Navy
Cost Analysis of Workload Demand
Training and Manning for a Cost-Analysis Function
Alternatives for Fulfilling Demand for Cost-Analysis Services
Research conducted by
- Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center
HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center operated by the RAND Corporation under contract with DHS.