(3) CG-8 review and recommendations. CG-8 will review the draft bill to ensure that any
resource implications are considered in the budgetary process. CG-8 will also ensure,
working in concert with G-X, that the draft bill is consistent with Coast Guard strategic and
performance goals. CG-8 will provide recommendations to G-CCS not later than 1
(4) G-CCS review and recommendations. G-CCS will review the draft bill and may cancel or
defer any LCP. G-CCS will forward the draft bill to the Commandant, via G-CV, not later
than 15 September. G-L will forward an advance copy of the draft bill to the DHS General
Counsel for preliminary review after it is cleared by G-CCS.
(5) Commandant approval. The Commandant will review the draft bill and any
recommendations from G-CCS, G-L, G-I, and CG-8. The Commandant approves the draft
bill not later than 1 October and returns it to G-L for transmittal to DHS for clearance.
(6) DHS clearance. G-L transmits the draft bill to DHS for clearance after it is approved by the
Commandant. DHS sends the draft bill for review and clearance throughout DHS.
Therefore, program directors must coordinate proposed legislative changes with any DHS
directorates, bureaus, or agencies that may be affected by those proposals. Following intra-
departmental clearance, DHS will transmit the draft bill to OMB for inter-agency review and
clearance. The notional timeline for DHS clearance is 2 January.
(7) OMB clearance. OMB reviews the draft bill to ensure it is consistent with Administration
policies. As part of its clearance process, OMB sends the draft Coast Guard Authorization
Act to other departments and agencies within the Executive Branch. Provisions that are
coordinated in advance with other departments or agencies have the greatest potential for
clearance. The notional timeline for OMB clearance is 15 February.
(8) Transmittal to Congress. Following OMB clearance, either the Secretary of Homeland
Security, the DHS General Counsel, or the Commandant will sign letters transmitting the
proposed Coast Guard Authorization Act to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of
the House of Representatives. The notional timeline for signature is 1 March. G-L, in
coordination with G-I and DHS, will send the proposed Coast Guard Authorization Act to
Congress after the transmittal letters are signed.
(9) Congressional consideration. See enclosure (1) for an overview of Congressional procedures
after the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House receive the proposed Coast Guard
Authorization Act. Congressional staffs often ask for additional information on costs,
benefits, and background for proposed Coast Guard legislative provisions. Program directors
are the subject experts, and should coordinate responses with G-LLX and G-ICA. Failure to
provide complete, accurate, responsive, and timely information significantly reduces the
likelihood that a Coast Guard-proposed provision will be enacted.
11. DRAFTING ASSISTANCE.
a. Members of Congress and Congressional staffs occasionally ask for Coast Guard assistance in
drafting or editing a bill or section of a bill. Under reference (a), the Coast Guard may provide