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Audit Initiated of FRA's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

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Preventing accidents in railroad operations that result from employees’ chemical impairment is a critical part of ensuring the safety of the traveling public. The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Railroad Safety has set minimum Federal safety standards for FRA-regulated employees’ use of alcohol and drugs. Given the importance of drug and alcohol testing to protecting transportation safety, our office is conducting a series of reviews on drug testing programs within the transportation industry. Our objectives for this self-initiated audit are to assess FRA’s (1) review and approval of railroads’ random alcohol and drug testing program plans, and (2) controls for enforcing compliance with the plans and minimum annual random alcohol and drug testing standards.