New Audit Announcements

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Notification of Reviews of PHMSA’s Oversight of Pipeline Safety

The Office of Inspector General plans to conduct multiple reviews of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) oversight of pipeline safety.  These reviews were prompted by congressional concerns about the effectiveness of Federal and state oversight of pipeline operator programs after recent pipeline incidents in Michigan and California.  Our series of audits will examine PHMSA’s oversight of (1) the State Pipeline Safety Program, (2) pipeline operators’ federally mandated integrity management plans, and (3) current and planned programs to address human factors and other aspects of control room management where supervisory control and data acquisitions systems are used.