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PRISM Document Library

Training and Resources

Date Title Topic
March 2014 PRISM Procedure Manual March 2014 General overview of PRISM concepts, the benefits, and the jurisdictions participating.
November 2012 PRISM Law Enforcement Training Manual Assist States in implementing the PRISM project requirement by the staff of the law enforcement office. Manual is for the use of the training coordinator.
November 2012 PRISM Law Enforcement Training Slides General Overview of PRISM concepts to be used in conjunction with the PRISM Law Enforcement Training Manual
September 2012 Sample Letter to Registrants On September 15, 2012, FMCSA eliminated the Registrant designation as an online option in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number registration and update process. These actions will improve the FMCSA's ability to track and monitor the safety performance of motor carriers that may previously have avoided monitoring through misuse of the Registrant designation. This is a sample of the letters sent to Registrants during September and October 2012.
September 2012 PRISM Procedure Manual General overview of PRISM concepts, the benefits, and the jurisdictions participating.
September 2010 Compliance Review Vehicles - Submission Form Compliance review - Follow up. The officer should provide the vehicle list to the FMCSA Division office that will fax it to the PRISM Central Site at Volpe where appropriate vehicles will then be added to the PRISM Target file.
September 2010 Expanded PRISM Program This presentation provides a brief overview of the Expanded PRISM program. Topics include differences between the Standard vs. Expanded PRISM programs, the importance of Expanded PRISM, and Intrastate OOS. Information on how States can get started with the Expanded PRISM program is also included.
September 2010 PRISM Web Services vs. SAFER Web Services This presentation provides technical descriptions regarding the functionality and uses of the PRISM Web Services vs. the SAFER Web Services. The different web services transactions from each program are described in detail, along with suggested uses for each type. Information on network connectivity is also included.
July 2010 PRISM Registration Staff Training Package Assist States in implementing the PRISM project requirement by the staff of the registration office.
June 2010 PRISM Law Enforcement Training Manual - Part 1 Assist States in implementing the PRISM project requirement by the staff of the law enforcement office. Manual is for the use of the training coordinator.
June 2010 PRISM Law Enforcement Training Slides - Part 2 General Overview of PRISM concepts to be used in conjunction with the PRISM Law Enforcement Training Manual - Part 1.
April 2010 PRISM Procedural Manual General overview of PRISM concepts, the benefits, and the jurisdictions participating.
November 2009 FMCSA Policy Action Memorandum Enforcement of Federal Out-of-Service during Roadside Inspections (Amended)
March 2009 PRISM Carrier Responsible for Safety Assignment v1.2 Case Studies to assist States to Identify the motor carrier responsible for safety of the vehicles.
August 2007 PRISM Program Evaluation Final Report This report evaluates the performance of the FMCSA's PRISM program through a combination of time-series analyses and comparisons among States that have achieved varying levels of implementation.
August 2007 PRISM Program Evaluation Final Report Appendices These are the Appendices that correspond to the Evaluation Final Report.
August 2007 IRP information How does PRISM affect IRP registration?

System Specifications

Date Title Topic
October 2013 PRISM System Specification version 8.2 Provides all the information necessary for States to develop their local systems to satisfy the PRISM Requirements and interface with the PRISM Central Site.
February 2014 Chart of MCSIP Steps Updated MCSIP Steps Chart.
December 2010 PRISM System Specification Version 8.0 Provides all the information necessary for States to develop their local systems to satisfy the PRISM Requirements and interface with the PRISM Central Site.
December 2010 PRISM System Spec Version 8.0 with Track Changes PRISM System Specification Version 8.0 with Track Changes
June 2010 MCSIP Cheat Sheet NLETS Carrier Status Response Messages
February 2010 MCSIP Step Table Comprehensive MCSIP Step Chart (MCMIS and Monthly SafeStat)
February 2009 PRISM Data Flow for Law Enforcement Presents the PRISM Data Flow and Information Systems Timeliness for Law Enforcement.
February 2009 PRISM Data Flow for General IT Users Displays the PRISM Data Flow and Information Systems Timeliness for General Information Technology Users.
February 2009 PRISM XML Transaction Specifications Specified the PRISM XML transactions that supplement the SAFER XML Interface outlined in the SAFER 8.1 Interface Control Document.
February 2009 PRISM XML Schemas - ZIP Schema for PRISM XML Transaction specification.
October 2008 PRISM IRP Cab Card Bar Code Specifications - Version 3.4.1 Publishes specifications so that all PRISM States will produce a cab card with a PDF 417 Bar Code that contains, at a minimum, the same, basic format.

Newsletters

Date Title Topic
September 2010 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 10 Issue 1 Registrant Only; USDOT Number on Non-IRP Vehicles; Mini-Target File; PRISM Website; MCSIP Step Changes; PRISM Status Reporting; MCS - 150 Biennial Letter; States' Implementation Progress
August 2009 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 9 Issue 1 Chameleon Carriers; Registrant only USDOT Numbers; CSA 2010 Initiative; MCSIP Step Changes; CVSA Adoption of OOS Criteria; Trip Permit Pilot Project; Trip Permit Disclaimer; COMPASS; NLETS Connection; XML Files; Bar Code Re-certification; National Conference Call Notes
June 2008 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 8 Issue 1 Registrant only USDOT Numbers; CSA 2010 Initiative; New MCSIP Step Changes; PRISM Enhancements to Validating the USDOT Number; CVSA Adoption of OOS Criteria; Proposed Query Center Changes; Proposed MCS — 150 Processing Changes; Email to Remove OOS VIN from Target File; National Conference Call Notes
June 2007 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 7 Issue 2 Registrant USDOT Number on Cab Cards; New States on Board; NTSB Recommends Expedited PRISM Implementation in All States; Automatic State DMV Alert of FMCSA OOS Orders; Possible Elimination of "Registrant Only" USDOT Numbers; Social Security Number Privacy; National Conference Call Notes
January 2007 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 7 Issue 1 PRISM Snags Name Changers; Timely and Automatic Alert of FMCSA OOS Orders to State DMV's; New States on Board; Unified Registration System; Bar Code Readers — Certified; PRISM Web Page; Implementation Review; PRISM Data Through NLETS; Implementation Plan Development; State Implementation Progress
September 2003 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 3 Issue 1 Change IRP Schedules A & C; States on Board; Quarterly Conference Call; PRISM Procedural Manual; State Corner; PRISM System Specifications; MCS-150 File Generation Schedule; 2003 PRISM Briefing and Training; PRISM Bar Code Standard; Other States' News
December 2002 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 2 Issue 3 New Entrant Rule; New States on Board; Safety Status Check: A Significant PRISM Enforcement Function; SAFER 4.1. Release; New Tools for Targeting Vehicles on the Roadside; PRISM Implementation Committee; Quarterly Conference Call; Training Schedule; Other States' News
August 2002 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 2 Issue 2 New MCMIS; New States on Board; MCS-150 date of last update; Federal Operation Out-of-Service Orders; Quarterly Conference Call; Training Schedule; Pilot Update: Monthly SafeStat for CR Assignments; State Corner; Other States' News
May 2002 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 2 Issue 1 MCS-150 date of late update; New MCMIS; New States on Board; New Committee formed; Procedural Manual Developed; Training Brochure Templates; Training Schedule; VOLPE as the Central Site; Target File requirement for leased vehicles made easier; less expensive file transfers; New PRISM Team Member; SafeStat Pilot; State Corner; Other States' News; Words from the PRISM Team Leaders
March 2001 PRISM Newsletter-Volume 1 Issue 1 Unfit=Unsatisfactory; New Specs; Peer Review; Training Schedule; Updated Training Manual; New States On Board; Procedural Manual Developed; MCMIS Training; VOLPE as the Central Site; State Status

Technical Amendments

Date Title Topic
February 2014 FMCSA's New URS Rule and Impact on PRISM IRP Processes Includes information regarding the impact that URS will have on the PRISM Program and instructions to implement the changes.
Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014