FMCSA public meeting to discuss results of CSA study

Congress requires the Agency to come up with an action plan based on findings

Posted August 29, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is soliciting stakeholder feedback on a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, “Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement,” which critiqued the Agency’s CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program.

A public meeting will be held on September 8, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, at the FMCSA National Training Center, 1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 600, Arlington, VA. Interested parties may register to attend in person or via a webinar. The agenda will be made available in advance of the meeting.

FMCSA was mandated under Section 5221 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to:

  • Commission a study of its CSA program and Safety Measurement System (SMS). SMS Methodology uses algorithms to identify and prioritize high-risk motor carriers for interventions;
  • Remove SMS percentiles and alerts from the public view of the SMS website for motor carriers transporting property until the NAS Correlation Study is complete and all reporting and certification requirements are satisfied; and
  • Submit the results of this study to both Congress and the DOT Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Within 120 days of the submission of the report to Congress and the OIG, FMCSA must submit an action plan to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The OIG is required to review the action plan and submit a report to Congress on the responsiveness of the FMCSA’s plan to NAS’s recommendations.


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