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This report presents the results of our review of the Pipeline Safety Program. The report is in response to a request from Senator Patty L. Murray following a pipeline accident in Bellingham, Washington.1 Our objectives were to:
On June 25, 2008, the Inspector General testified before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on actions taken by and needed from the Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance pip
Letter to Chairman Ron Johnson and Chairman Charles E. Grassley on the Status of OIG Open Audit Recommendations
We sent our response to Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Charles E. Grassley regarding their February 27, 2015, request that we provide the status of OIG open audit recommendations.
Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operators' Integrity Management Programs Need More Rigorous PHMSA Oversight
On June 18, 2012, we issued a report on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oversight of hazardous liquid pipeline operators’ integrity management (IM) programs. These programs include plans, processes, and proced
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.