Past Performance Provides Valuable Lessons for Future Investments

e Navy set a goal in 2007 for a fleet of 330 ships. Since then, the Navy has: fallen 50 ships short, gone $11 billion over budget, experienced many years of schedule delays, delivered ships with less capability and lower quality than expected. These poor outcomes persist because policy and processes enable the Navy to deviate from shipbuilding best practices. The Navy is planning its biggest fleet size increase in over 30 years. This creates an opportunity for the Navy to improve how it buys ships, adopt a more disciplined…

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Most Training Providers Expect to Implement Revised International Maritime Standards by the Deadline Despite Challenges

What GAO Found Most training providers (80 percent) who responded to GAO’s survey reported that they were satisfied with guidance the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) provided to assist them in implementing the revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements. However, 58 percent of respondents, including state maritime academies, private for-profit colleges, and others, reported that the lack of timely Coast Guard guidance for developing a quality assurance process—Quality Standards System (QSS)—affected their ability to implement the revised STCW requirements. A QSS is…

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