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FMCSA Oversight and Reauthorization Issues

Before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
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The Deputy Principal Assistant Inspector General for Auditing and Evaluation testified on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) oversight programs and on issues impacting the Subcommittee’s work on the Agency’s reauthorization. The Deputy Principal Assistant Inspector General noted that FMCSA has taken action to improve CSA data quality and system development, but nationwide implementation of timely and effective enforcement interventions remains a challenge. He also discussed how reincarnated carriers—unsafe carriers who often use aliases or different business addresses to evade out-of-service orders and other enforcement actions—continue to be a major concern. Finally, the Deputy Principal Assistant Inspector General affirmed OIG’s commitment to continue to partner with FMCSA to combat commercial driver’s license and drug and alcohol testing fraud, and he provided updates on audit work under way to respond to congressional mandates to improve motor safety.