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USCG - Rescue 21

  • Investment Description

    The R21 system is an advanced command, control, and communications system that greatly enhance the Coast Guard's ability to execute missions in the coastal zone; the system is essential by meeting the Coast Guards Search and Rescue (SAR) mission-prThe R21 system is an advanced command, control, and communications system that greatly enhance the Coast Guard's ability to execute missions in the coastal zone; the system is essential by meeting the Coast Guards Search and Rescue (SAR) mission-program performance goals. The investment is contributing in a positive manner by better locating mariners in distress & saving lives & property at sea by providing increased communications coverage and incorporating advanced Direction Finding (DF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) radio Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capabilities. R21 significantly increases the ability to detect and respond to marine distress calls in the coastal zone, resulting in marine safety benefits to all stakeholders (Internal/External); U.S. public, CG operators, boating public, DHS Undersecretary for Management, U.S. Congress, & other federal, state & local maritime operators, emergency response & law enforcement units/agencies are the key customers and significant beneficiaries of this system. The Coast Guard is benefitting from a significant increase in capability due to the deployed Coastal system's improved receiver sensitivity. The system is designed to receive signals from a mariner in distress broadcasting from a life raft using a low-power portable emergency radio and is successfully providing that critical capability. The Coast Guard has also responded to recreational and commercial boaters transmitting distress calls from high-power, fixed mounted radios at ranges greater than 60 nautical miles offshore. As of August 31, 2014, the R21 system is deployed and operational along approximately 42,000 miles of U.S. coastline in 32 of 37 Coast Guard Sectors, which were delivered by the prime contractor. The Coast Guard is the lead system integrator for the remaining 5 sectors (Western Rivers and Alaska). R21 Coastal will complete gapfiller sites (prioritized critical coastal waterways that did not have adequate communication coverage with the full rate production group of RFFs ); Install Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) or 3G/4G cellular communications backup equipment hardware in Remote Fixed Facility (RFF) sites; Commence system implementation in 3 Western Rivers Sectors & 2 Alaska Sectors, including new remote radio communication consoles, DSC capability and 6 new RFFs (3 in WR/3 in AK); Continue system testing and deployments; Transition to full sustainment operations. More..

  • FY2015 (CY) Spending

    $75.2 M

    Time frame of Investment

    1997 - 2027

  • Status

    No change in status

CIO Information

Luke McCormack

Agency Head

Jeh Johnson

Agency

DHS

Bureau

United States Coast Guard

Evaluation by Agency CIO

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Current Evaluation

4

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Evaluation Explanation

The US Coast Guard (USCG) Rescue 21 program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. Since the last assessment, system performance of the Coastal phase is oThe US Coast Guard (USCG) Rescue 21 program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. Since the last assessment, system performance of the Coastal phase is on target and Alaska and Western Rivers systems have not yet deployed. Rescue 21 continues to balance program expectations with available program funding while staying ahead of emerging technology and obsolescence challenges. The program has recently deployed Very Small Aperture Terminals (or other redundant communication links) at all Rescue 21 towers. The program is preparing for additional deployments of the five remaining sectors in Western Rivers and Alaska with the Coast Guard as primary system. The program continues to evaluate, prioritize and implement solutions to maintain system sustainability and achieve information assurance objectives. Cost and schedule variances remain within the OMB acceptable range. Rescue 21 utilizes a comprehensive resource plan and continues to engage in necessary coordination efforts with Telecommunication and Information Systems Command (TISCOM) and the deployment team to ensure timely service delivery and the program's ability to reach full operating capability by 2016. An operational analysis (OA) was conducted for the Rescue 21 program in May 2014. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) assesses the USCG Rescue 21 program as a Moderately Low Risk investment. More..

Project Summary

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  • Number of Projects

    7

  • Cost Variance

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  • Schedule Variance

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Project Name Project Life Cycle Costs Cost Variance Schedule Variance Project Status
Rescue 21 Deployment$258 MGreenGreenCompleted
System Support and Maintenance$130.88 MGreenGreenCompleted
Project Management$48.26 MGreenGreenCompleted
Engineering$31 MGreenGreenCompleted
R21 Alaska$9.5 MGreenGreenCompleted
R21 Western Rivers$9.1 MRedRedCompleted
Vessels$1.5 MYellowGreenCompleted

Operational Performance

Metric Description Frequency Unit of Measure FY2015 Target Most Recent Actual Metric Status Updated Date of Most
Recent Actual *
Channel 16 (International Hailing and Distress FreChannel 16 (International Hailing and Distress Frequency) Availability of Coast Guard's Distress System More..MonthlyPercentPercent99.599.82015-02-28
Channel 70 (DSC) Channel 70 (International DigitalChannel 70 (DSC) Channel 70 (International Digital Selective Calling Reserved Channel) Availability of Coast Guard Distress System More..Semi-AnnualPercentPercent9999Met2013-09-30
Percent of availability of 3 simultaneous voice coPercent of availability of 3 simultaneous voice communciation channels More..Semi-AnnualPercentPercent9999Met2013-09-30
Provide 90% Communication Area Coverage Out to 20 Provide 90% Communication Area Coverage Out to 20 Nautical Miles from Shore More..Semi-AnnualPercentPercent9090Met2013-09-30
Percent of Coast Guard marine information broadcasPercent of Coast Guard marine information broadcasts transmitted by Rescue 21 in all sectors in which Rescue 21 is deployed More..Semi-AnnualPercentPercent9898Met2013-09-30
Provide uninterrupted guard to receive distress anProvide uninterrupted guard to receive distress and emergency alerts on VHF channel 16 and channel 70. More..Semi-AnnualPercentPercent9898Met2013-09-30
Number of Search and Rescue Cases in which the ResNumber of Search and Rescue Cases in which the Rescue 21 system was used More..MonthlyNumberNumber92,50075,5672015-02-28

* Value is self-reported by the agency.

Other Investment Metrics

Category Value
Does the investment have any activities with a planned duration greater than a year?:Yes
Planned duration of the longest activity (days):3329
Average planned duration of in-progress and future activities (days):0
Planned cost of one activity is greater than 25% of total planned cost of all activities?:No
Number of contracts applying modular development principles:0

All activity calculations assess only activities with no related child activities.