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Audit Initiated of FMCSA's Response to NTSB Recommendations for the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program

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In response to a request from the House Committee on Appropriations in their July 2010 committee report on the fiscal year 2011 appropriations bill, the Office of Inspector General is announcing an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) response to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations to improve the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program, including reducing the risk of reincarnated or chameleon carriers.  The objective of this audit is to evaluate FMCSA's efforts to improve the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program by addressing key NTSB recommendations.  Specifically, we will assess FMCSA's progress in (1) improving oversight to detect and deter new entrant motor carriers that try to evade enforcement of Federal requirements; (2) strengthening its ability to identify and track motor carriers whose vehicles are not in compliance with Federal safety requirements; and (3) making any needed changes to regulations or ensuring it has sufficient statutory authority to oversee new entrants.