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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 (R21) program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. The R21 Program is operating within OMB Schedule and Cost VarianceThe US Coast Guard (USCG) Rescue 21 (R21) program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. The R21 Program is operating within OMB Schedule and Cost Variance parameters. Deployments of five remaining Sectors are scheduled for completion through FY17. Since the last assessment, system performance of the Coastal Phase has remained on target and the Alaskan R21solution has partially deployed. The Operational Analysis (OA) thoroughly measures performance and cost objectives. Operations and Support measures are integrated with systems engineering analysis to provide a cost-efficient and supportable system. The most significant program risk is network failure within the "last mile" of telecommunications infrastructure. This is mitigated at all Rescue 21 towers with Very Small Aperture Terminals and other redundant communication links. The program's Life Cycle Cost Estimate (LCCE) contains extensive ground rules and assumptions that provide a reliable, accurate and well-documented estimate. This includes scope modification, should full funding not be allocated. Rescue 21 is successfully supporting all11 Coast Guard missions that enhance maritime security. 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 MGreenGreenIn-Progress
Project Management$48.26 MGreenGreenIn-Progress
Engineering$31 MGreenGreenIn-Progress
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..MonthlyPercentPercent99.599.8Met2015-06-30
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..MonthlyNumberNumber92,50079,514Not Met2015-06-30

* 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.