2100 Second Street, S.W.
United States Coast Guard
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Staff Symbol: G-SIA
Phone: (202) 267-1307
Fax: (202) 267-1384
MAY 11 1999
COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 5230.55A
Subj: ACQUIRING MICROCOMPUTER RESOURCES
(a) Standard Workstation III Configuration Management Policy, COMDTINST 5200.16
PURPOSE. This Directive establishes policy and procedures for the acquisition of Coast
Guard workstation hardware, software and peripheral equipment.
ACTION. Area and district commanders, commanders of maintenance and logistics
commands, commanding officers of headquarters units, assistant commandants for
directorates, Chief Counsel, and special staff offices at Headquarters shall ensure compliance
with the provisions in this Directive.
DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. COMDTINST 5230.55 is cancelled.
BACKGROUND. Headquarters promulgated the original microcomputer acquisition policy
and the microcomputer allowance list in 1994 as a move to better manage the Coast Guard's
vast microcomputer inventory. As the world transitions into the Information Age, more and
more businesses rely on Information Technology (IT) to remain competitive. The Coast Guard
is no different and must acquire the right microcomputer resources within our budget to
perform our business as effectively and efficiently as possible.
The policy described in this Directive continues the philosophy of controlling microcomputer
acquisitions, but decentralizes the approval authority to those local personnel who are
responsible for supporting the computing and telecommunications needs of Coast Guard units.
Units and their IT support organizations must use sound business decision-making when
evaluating individual unit IT requests that are submitted through a uniform process. Support
personnel must balance