Coast Guard Reveals 2013 Boating Safety Fund Expenditures

Photo Illustration/New England Boating
Photo Illustration/New England Boating

The Coast Guard has published its detailed accounting of the projects, programs, and activities funded under the national recreational boating safety program during fiscal year 2013, as of September 30, 2013. A total of $5.5 million is dedicated to the fund.

The funds are collected from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund established for payment of Coast Guard expenses for personnel and activities directly related to coordinating and carrying out the national recreational boating safety program.

Factory Visit Program/Boat Testing Program ($2,516,089):

Funding was provided to continue the recreational boat factory visit program, initiated in January 2001. Under the factory visit program, contracted personnel, acting on behalf of the Coast Guard, visited 1,300 recreational boat manufacturers during the 2013 reporting year to either inspect for compliance with Federal regulations, communicate with the manufacturers as to why they need to comply with Federal regulations, or educate them, as necessary, on how to comply with Federal regulations. Funding was also provided for testing of certain associated equipment and in-water testing of atypical and used recreational boats for compliance with capacity and flotation standards.

New Recreational Boating Safety Associated Travel ($10,219):

Funding was provided to facilitate travel by employees of the Boating Safety Division to carry out additional recreational boating-safety actions and to gather background and planning information for new recreational boating-safety initiatives, in support of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program Strategic Plan.

Boating Accident News Clipping Services ($30,000):

Funding was provided to gather daily news stories of recreational boating accidents nationally for more real time accident information and to identify accidents that may involve regulatory non-compliances or safety defects.

Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) Web System ($327,360):

Funding was allocated to continue providing the BARD Web System, which enables reporting authorities in the 50 States, 5 U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia to submit their accident reports electronically over a secure Internet connection. The system also enables the user community to generate statistical reports that show the frequency, nature, and severity of boating accidents. Fiscal year 2013 funds supported system maintenance, development, and technical (hotline) support

Personnel Support ($971,198):

Funding was provided for personnel to support the development of new regulations and to conduct boating safety-related research and analysis.

Reimbursable Salaries ($301,623):

Funding was provided to carry out the work as prescribed in 46 U.S.C. 13107(c) and as described herein. The first position was that of a professional mathematician/statistician to conduct necessary national surveys and studies on recreational boating activities as well as to serve as a liaison to other Federal agencies that are conducting boating surveys so that the Coast Guard can pool resources and reduce costs. The second position was that of an Outreach Coordinator with responsibilities that include overseeing and managing RBS projects related to carbon monoxide poisoning, propeller injury mitigation, and manufacturer compliance initiatives.

Web Site Support ($81,733):

Funding for this initiative provides a full range of public media and boating safety information at for a worldwide audience. It covers a wide spectrum of boating-safety-related topics and is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters.