(a) Long-Term Strategy and Goals.—In conjunction with existing federally required strategic planning efforts, the Secretary shall develop a long-term strategy for improving vessel safety and the safety of individuals on vessels. The strategy shall include the issuance of a triennial plan and schedule for achieving the following goals:
Reducing the number and rates of marine casualties.
Improving the consistency and effectiveness of vessel and operator enforcement and compliance programs.
Identifying and targeting enforcement efforts at high-risk vessels and operators.
Improving research efforts to enhance and promote vessel and operator safety and performance.
(b) Contents of Strategy and Triennial Plans.—
(1) Measurable goals.—The strategy and triennial plans shall include specific numeric or measurable goals designed to achieve the goals set forth in subsection (a). The purposes of the numeric or measurable goals are the following:
To increase the number of safety examinations on all high-risk vessels.
To eliminate the backlog of marine safety-related rulemakings.
To improve the quality and effectiveness of marine safety information databases by ensuring that all Coast Guard personnel accurately and effectively report all safety, casualty, and injury information.
To provide for a sufficient number of Coast Guard marine safety personnel, and provide adequate facilities and equipment to carry out the functions referred to in section 93(c) [1] of title 14.
(2) Resource needs.—The strategy and triennial plans shall include estimates of—
the funds and staff resources needed to accomplish each activity included in the strategy and plans; and
the staff skills and training needed for timely and effective accomplishment of each goal.
(c) Submission With the President’s Budget.—
Beginning with fiscal year 2020 and triennially thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress the strategy and triennial plan not later than 60 days following the transmission of the President’s budget submission under section 1105 of title 31.
(d) Achievement of Goals.—
(1) Progress assessment.—
No less frequently than semiannually, the Commandant shall assess the progress of the Coast Guard toward achieving the goals set forth in subsection (b). The Commandant shall convey the Commandant’s assessment to the employees of the marine safety workforce and shall identify any deficiencies that should be remedied before the next progress assessment.
(2) Report to congress.—The Secretary shall report triennially to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate
on the performance of the marine safety program in achieving the goals of the marine safety strategy and annual plan under subsection (a) for the year covered by the report;
(B) on the program’s mission performance in achieving numerical measurable goals established under subsection (b), including—
the number of civilian and military Coast Guard personnel assigned to marine safety positions; and
an identification of marine safety positions that are understaffed to meet the workload required to accomplish each activity included in the strategy and plans under subsection (a); and
recommendations on how to improve performance of the program.
(Added Pub. L. 111–281, title V, § 522(a), Oct. 15, 2010, 124 Stat. 2956; amended Pub. L. 113–281, title II, § 221(b)(1)(A), title III, § 307(a), Dec. 18, 2014, 128 Stat. 3037, 3045; Pub. L. 115–232, div. C, title XXXV, §§ 3541(b)(7), 3546(b), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 2323, 2326; Pub. L. 115–265, title II, § 214, Oct. 11, 2018, 132 Stat. 3751.)
References in Text

Section 93 of title 14, referred to in subsec. (b)(1)(D), was redesignated section 504 of title 14 by Pub. L. 115–282, title I, § 105(b), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4200, and references to section 93 of title 14 deemed to refer to such redesignated section, see section 123(b)(1) of Pub. L. 115–282, set out as a References to Sections of Title 14 as Redesignated by Pub. L. 115–282 note preceding section 101 of Title 14, Coast Guard.


2018—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 115–265, § 214(1), substituted “of a triennial” for “each year of an annual” in introductory provisions.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 115–265, § 214(2), substituted “Triennial” for “Annual” in heading and “triennial” for “annual” in introductory provisions of pars. (1) and (2).

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 115–265, § 214(3)(B), substituted “triennial plan” for “annual plan”.

Pub. L. 115–265, § 214(3)(A), which directed substitution of “fiscal year 2020 and triennially” for “fiscal year 2011 and each fiscal year”, was executed by substituting “Beginning with fiscal year 2020 and triennially thereafter, the” for “The”, to reflect the probable intent of Congress and the intervening amendment by Pub. L. 115–232, § 3546(b). See below.

Pub. L. 115–232, § 3546(b), substituted “The” for “Beginning with fiscal year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter, the”.

Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 115–232, § 3541(b)(7), substituted “the Commandant shall assess” for “the Coast Guard Commandant shall assess”.

Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 115–265, § 214(4), substituted “triennially” for “annually” in introductory provisions.

2014—Subsec. (b)(1)(D). Pub. L. 113–281, § 307(a), substituted “section 93(c) of title 14” for “section 93(c)”.

Subsec. (d)(2)(B). Pub. L. 113–281, § 221(b)(1)(A), amended subpar. (B) generally. Prior to amendment, subpar. (B) read as follows: “on the program’s mission performance in achieving numerical measurable goals established under subsection (b); and”.

Domestic Vessel Compliance

Pub. L. 115–265, title II, § 204, Oct. 11, 2018, 132 Stat. 3745, provided that:

“(a) In General.—
Not later than 60 days after the date on which the President submits to the Congress a budget each year pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, the Commandant [of the Coast Guard] shall publish on a publicly accessible Website information documenting domestic vessel compliance with the requirements of subtitle II of title 46, United States Code.
“(b) Content.—The information required under subsection (a) shall—
include flag-State detention rates for each type of inspected vessel; and
identify any recognized organization that inspected or surveyed a vessel that was later subject to a Coast Guard-issued control action attributable to a major nonconformity that the recognized organization failed to identify in such inspection or survey.”

[For definition of “recognized organization” as used in section 204 of Pub. L. 115–265, set out above, see section 203 of Pub. L. 115–265, set out as a note under section 2101 of this title.]

[1]  See References in Text note below.