Adm. Papp Testifies on Coast Guard’s Budget

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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt appear before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on March 01, 2011 to offer testimony and answer questions on the FY2012 Budget Request. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt appear before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on March 01, 2011 to offer testimony and answer questions on the FY2012 Budget Request. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified about the Service’s fiscal year 2012 (FY 2012) budget request before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation today. The Commandant was joined by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt at the hearing.

During the hearing, Adm. Papp made the following comments on the FY 2012 budget request as part of his oral statement:

“The challenge we face is that the rising costs of running aging cutters, boats, aircraft and shore facilities quickly consume any positive increment in our budget. In an effort to avoid any reduction in front line operations, we have carved out over $140 million by directing management efficiencies, and making targeted reductions in administrative costs and professional services. We will reinvest these savings in front-line operations. These were tough choices, but I think the right ones.”

Click here to read Adm. Papp’s written testimony.

Click here for a fact sheet on the Coast Guard’s FY 2012 budget request and here for the Coast Guard’s 2011 Posture Statement with a detailed look at the FY 2012 budget.

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