The Innovative Technology Deployment (ITD) Program (formerly known as CVISN) is a key component of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) drive to improve commercial motor vehicle safety. The ITD Program supports FMCSA's goals by:
- Focusing safety enforcement on high-risk operators.
- Integrating systems to improve the accuracy, integrity, and verifiability of credentials.
- Improving efficiency through electronic screening of commercial vehicles.
- Enabling online application and issuance of credentials.
The goals of the ITD Program are to:
- Improve safety and productivity of motor carriers, commercial vehicles, and their drivers.
- Simplify enforcement operations.
- Improve efficiency and effectiveness of commercial vehicle safety programs through targeted enforcement.
- Improve security of data and improve sharing of commercial vehicle data within States and between States and FMCSA.
- Reduce Federal/State and industry regulatory and administrative costs.
- Achieve nationwide deployment of the program, with all jurisdictions participating.
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) Grant Program Changes
On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, Public Law 114-94. It is the first law enacted in over 10 years that provides long-term funding certainty for surface transportation priorities including FMCSA’s grant programs. The FAST Act reforms and strengthens FMCSA’s commitment to safety, streamlines processes, and provides more flexibility for the Agency’s partners.
One of the largest changes under the FAST Act is the consolidation of multiple FMCSA grant programs into the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) and High Priority (HP) grant programs. The MCSAP High Priority Grant Program now includes components of the previously separate Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Grant Program. The FAST Act has changed the name and funding structure of the CVISN Grant Program (now known as the ITD Grant Program), but many programmatic components remain the same. The FAST Act also increases focus on accountability, performance standards, efficiency, and effectiveness while reducing administrative burdens on FMCSA grantees.
The MCSAP Grant Comprehensive Policy (MCP) serves as a combined information resource, providing program policy, guidance, and technical assistance. It includes FMCSA’s goals, objectives, and national program elements and strategies to meet the Nation’s most urgent commercial motor vehicle safety needs. Chapter 6 of the MCP (available here) provides detailed information on the ITD Grant Program, ranging from descriptions of eligible grant activities and costs to application requirements and evaluation criteria.
The ITD Grant Program provides reimbursement grant funding to States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to deploy, operate, and maintain elements of their ITD programs. FMCSA may award ITD funds to agencies of States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories that have an approved ITD Program Plan and Top Level Design. Individuals and businesses are not eligible to apply.
Section 5101 of the FAST Act established the ITD discretionary grant program within MCSAP High Priority with the goal to deploy, support, and maintain commercial motor vehicle information systems and networks (49 U.S.C. § 31102(l)(3)).