Question from "Ask the Secretary":
I'm currently stationed at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, as a Situation Unit Controller. What is your plan to address the ongoing budget decreases?
Craig Mercier: Madame Secretary, I'm Operations Specialist Second Class Craig Mercier of the United States Coast Guard. I'm currently stationed at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, as a Situation Unit Controller. My question for you is, what is your plan to address the ongoing budget decreases? Thank you.
Secretary Napolitano: Well Craig I think we all understand that the era of ever-increasing budgets is over even for department that in some respects is still coming together. So we have got to maximize the use of every dollar we have and really think through our business processes how we set priorities, how we evaluate risk so that we know the dollars aren't going to go to their highest and best use.
We've already identified billions of dollars of savings that we can accomplish and put those monies right back into operations where they can help with our security mission. So, we are going to continue to do that, we're going to continue tovery tough and rigorous on how we evaluate our budget and budget requests even as we do contingency planning.