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Hazardous Material Safety Permit

Goal

To provide research material from which the Agency can: 1) prepare a Report to Congress (as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act [MAP-21]) describing how the HMSP program may be improved; and 2) prepare a plan for initiating implementation of the recommendations in the Report to Congress within the timeframe mandated in MAP-21.

Background

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) received a petition in 2010 to modify the renewal process for the HMSP. In 2012, MAP-21 mandated that FMCSA report on how it will improve the HMSP and to undertake a rulemaking to do so within the next year.

Summary

The project’s prime contractor was MaineWay Services, with two supporting subcontractors. MaineWay Services performed a program evaluation of all aspects of the HMSP program. It produced a detailed draft final report on all aspects of the evaluation. FMCSA is preparing a final report for posting to the Analysis, Research, and Technology Web page. A link to the Report to Congress prepared by the Agency will be provided, as well as a link to the implementation plan, when available.

Outcomes

Recommendations on how to migrate monitoring of HMSP carriers to a Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS)-styled process, and to have a second level of review for unsafe carriers built in as part of the process.

Milestones

February 2013        Contract awarded
June 2013               Draft final report and draft letter to Congress delivered
October 2013         Detailed final report
March 2014             Agency Letter Report to Congress
February 2015        Post final report

Funding

$347,280   

Status

March 11, 2014. The final report is currently in being edited. The Agency is working on the implementation plan. The Report to Congress can be accessed at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/HMSP-Program-Report-March.pdf.

Contractor

Integrated Technology Solutions, Inc.

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