FY 1993 Budget For Coast Guard Shows Increase Over FY 1992

$3.72 Billion Appropriated For Fiscal Year (FY) 1993, the budget proposes a funding level of $3,718 billion in appropriations for the U.S. Coast Guard, a five percent increase over the FY 1992 level.

Included in the total are $203 million to be transferred from the Department of Defense and $70 million from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

The budget assumes the collection of $117 million in user fees for selected Coast Guard services.

Highlights of the USCG budget include: Operating Expenses—The $2.603-billion request funds continued operation and maintenance of a wide range of multimission vessels, aircraft, shore units and aids-tonavigation.

Within the funding are: —$142.1 million to be funded by the Department of Defense for transfer to Coast Guard; —$31.9 million from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund; —$35 million from the Boat Safety account.

Capital Improvement—The $414-million request funds continued replacement and modernization of major components of the Coast Guard's extensive vessel and boat fleets, including buoy tenders, motor life boats, patrol boats and icebreakers. Within the funding are: —$18 million to be funded by the Department of Defense for transfer to Coast Guard; —$33.8 million from the Oil Spill Liability Fund; —$132 million for shore facility renovation and construction.

Environmental Compliance & Restoration—The $30.5-million request is a 42 percent increase over FY 1992. Funding will be used to carry out the Coast Guard's responsibility to improve environmental problems resulting from construction and operation of former and current service facilities.

Research Development, Test & Evaluation—The $29.9-million request will be used to provide development of equipment and methods which contribute to increasing the productivity of the Coast Guard's operating programs. Funding includes: —$4 million from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Boat Safety Grants—The $35- million authorization will assist states in the development and implementation of a coordinated National Boating Safety Program.

Oil Spill Cleanup and Initial Damage Assessment—The $50- million appropriation from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund will be used to finance cleanup and assessment operations. In addition, the Coast Guard will pay valid uncompensated claims of parties suffering damages from oil spills.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 71,  May 1992 Pentagon

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