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Statement for the Record: FMCSA is Strengthening Motor Carrier Safety Oversight But Further Action and Attention Are Needed

On July 21, 2011, we provided a statement for the record for the hearing on reauthorization of the motor carrier safety programs before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. Over the past several years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made progress in improving its motor carrier safety programs, but our completed and ongoing audits and investigations continue to identify weaknesses and challenges FMCSA must overcome to ensure the effective implementation of its programs. This statement discussed:  (1) challenges in implementing regulations and countering fraud in the Commercial Driver's License Program; (2) FMCSA's progress in responding to National Transportation Safety Board bus safety recommendations, including identifying "reincarnated carriers";  and (3) our audit and investigative work in areas of past and present interest to the committee—including household goods fraud and cross-border trucking—and important actions FMCSA must take to improve internal acquisition and contracting practices.