Investment Review Board's Deliberations on the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS)
June 29, 2004
Project ID: MH-2004-068
We issued a final report on the DOT Investment Review Board’s deliberations on the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). We found that FMCSA’s justification for MCMIS provided an incomplete picture of the data quality issues associated with MCMIS. In addition FMCSA could not adequately support cost estimates for MCMIS. We recommended that future MCMIS funding requests and briefings to the IRB identify the scope and success of FMCSA’s actions to ensure that complete and accurate data are used in MCMIS. In conjunction with the Departmental Chief Information Officer (CIO), FMCSA should implement guidance for developing and validating information technology funding requests and provide supportable estimates for the MCMIS life-cycle costs. Without improved information, neither FMCSA nor the IRB can make informed decisions about continued funding for MCMIS operations and enhancements to the system.