WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on Wednesday released the following statement on release of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Accountability and Transparency Review (ATR) report:

“Released one week after we learned the Coast Guard spent eight years covering up additional evidence of harassment, discrimination, and assault within the organization, this new report still does not hold anyone accountable for past failures—particularly those at the Coast Guard Academy. It does lay out a modest plan to improve oversight, training, and support for survivors, but a report is nothing more than paper until concrete steps are taken. I look forward to receiving detailed updates from leadership on implementation of these recommendations and their continued commitment to reforming the organization’s culture of cover-up.”

Murphy has a long pushed the U.S. Coast Guard to deal with harassment and bullying at the Coast Guard Academy. Last week, Murphy released a statement on statement on reporting about the Coast Guard’s 2015 “Culture of Respect” study, which details a culture of racism, hazing, discrimination, and sexual assault across the agency and was kept from the public. Earlier this year, Murphy released a statement on the report detailing decades of sexual misconduct at the Coast Guard Academy. In 2019, he criticized the Coast Guard for covering up allegations of harassment and for failing to appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security and Oversight Committees investigating the allegations. That same year, following an OIG Whistleblower Retaliation Investigation and other reports of bullying, harassment and retaliation at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Murphy wrote a letter to the Coast Guard Commandant demanding reforms to the Academy’s climate of bullying, harassment and retaliation. In 2018, Murphy along with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) wrote to Admiral Schultz seeking information on racial disparities at the Coast Guard Academy.