The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approvedÂ aÂ bill to authorizeÂ $12.9 billion in spending for the U.S. Coast Guard next fiscal year, roughly $1.56 billion above the amount President Trump has requested,Â Federal News Network reported Thursday.
The 2019 Coast Guard Authorization Bill sets a discretionary funding ofÂ $8.1 billion and seeks to expand career options for the service branch’sÂ personnel. It wouldÂ allow temporary promotions for critical roles and enableÂ officers to skip promotion boards to have more time in completing an expanded assignment.
A provision in the bill would require the service branchÂ to craft an organizationwide cloud computingÂ implementation strategy outliningÂ goals and procurement approaches, as well asÂ an initiative to maintain competition during the contract period.
âThis legislation ensures our Coasties can continue carrying out their important work to secure our waterways and keep our communities safe,” Committee ChairÂ Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.