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On August 29, 2007, we issued our report on incurred-cost audits of DOT procurement contracts. The report discusses the Department's initiative to use a new structured approach for obtaining incurred-cost audits of procurement contracts.
We issued a management advisory to the Department recommending improvements in DOT’s oversight of hurricane relief funds.
As required by the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006, we assessed Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) actions taken to implement a pipeline security annex.
PHMSA Is Establishing Controls for Technical Assistance Grants but Needs To Improve Its Award and Oversight Processes
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Pipeline Safety Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program provides funds to improve the safety of communities located near pipeline facilities.
We issued the first two of three reports regarding the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, performed at the request of Rep. Ernest J.
Actions Taken and Needed in Implementing Mandates and Recommendations Regarding Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
On October 20, we issued our report on DOT’s progress in implementing congressional mandates and other safety recommendations for improving pipeline and hazardous materials safety.
On March 16, the Acting Inspector General testified before the House Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines regarding Pipeline Safety. The testimony focused on the progress and remaining challenges in strengthening pipeline safety.
On April 27, the Principal Assistant Inspector General for Auditing and Evaluation testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality regarding pipeline safety.
What We Looked At
Insufficient Guidance, Oversight, and Coordination Hinder PHMSA’s Full Implementation of Mandates and Recommendations
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) develops and enforces regulations for safe operation of the Nation’s 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and nearly 1 million daily hazmat shipments.