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Audit Initiated of NAFTA Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project--Interim and Final Reports

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is initiating an audit of the 1-year demonstration project (also referred to as a pilot program) that would permit up to 100 motor carriers domiciled in Mexico to operate beyond the commercial zones along the United States-Mexico border. The audit is in response to provisions in the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007. The specific objectives for this audit will be to determine whether: (1) the Secretary of Transportation has established sufficient mechanisms to determine whether the demonstration project is adversely affecting motor carrier safety, (2) Federal and state monitoring and enforcement activities are sufficient to ensure that participants in the demonstration project are complying with all applicable laws and regulations, and (3) the demonstration project consists of a representative and adequate sample of Mexico-domiciled carriers that are likely to engage in cross-border operations beyond the United States municipalities and commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border.