"The Navy is suffering tremendous embarrassment over this because their people did nothing about it, which made them an accessory after the fact," Atkinson said. "When the Coast Guard granted themselves the ability to operate illegally, the Navy did nothing to inform other agencies, which was their responsibility at that time since they provide the Coast Guard with access to SIPRNet."
In a statement published on April 19, Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-Minn.), the chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure cited "serious management failings in contract execution and oversight among all the parties involved in Deepwater," and thanked Atkinson and DeKort by name for their contributions to the proceedings.
"Of all the issues that have come before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 110th Congress, none is more disturbing than the failures of the Coast Guard's Deepwater acquisition program," Oberstar wrote. "The testimony suggests that serious problems were known very early in the program and that many warnings were delivered by very courageous individuals involved in the program from the earliest days. Many of these warnings were consciously rejected or not taken seriously by various levels of management."