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H.R. 1822 (116th): Polar Security Cutter Acquisition Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 18, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1822


March 18, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


To provide acquisition requirements for Coast Guard Polar Security Cutters, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Polar Security Cutter Acquisition Act of 2019.


Polar security cutter acquisition requirements


Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012

Section 222 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112–213) is amended by—


redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (d); and


inserting after subsection (b) the following:


Acquisition requirements


In general

Subject to the availability of appropriations, in acquiring any polar icebreaker, except for an icebreaker authorized under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Public Law 115–91), the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall—


limit military specifications for such vessel to armament, aviation capabilities, communications equipment, and navigation equipment, as described in the letter report, unless funding is provided from other than appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security;


ensure specifications and key drawings are complete before awarding the contract for construction;


ensure detail design of the vessel is complete before the start of construction;


to the extent practicable, use the block-buy contract authority provided under section 1137 of title 14, United States Code; and


ensure all icebreaker hulls are science ready and icebreaker hull number four is science capable, as described in the letter report.



In this subsection, the term letter report means the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Polar Icebreaker Cost Assessment letter report entitled Acquisition and Operation of Polar Icebreakers: Fulfilling the Nation’s Needs and dated July 11, 2017.



Technical correction



Section 207(a)(6) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–120) is amended by striking in subsection (d) ( and inserting in subsection (e) (.


Effective date

The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall be effective upon the enactment of such Act.