House panel showers funds on Deepwater

A House transportation panel earlier this month voted to give the Coast Guard $702 million next year to speed up its Integrated Deepwater System acquisition'$202 million more than President Bush requested.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation approved a $7.4 billion Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act authorization bill for fiscal 2004.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the subcommittee, cited homeland security as the reason for the increase.

He said the extra funds will jump-start Deepwater, a 20-year, $17 billion plan to build new ships, planes, and command and control systems. Deepwater will replace 100 cutters'some dating to World War II'and 200 aircraft in the Coast Guard's aging fleet.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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