Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Plans Changes in Pre-Employment Screening Data

July 19, 2012

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to make some changes in its handling of data in the Pre-Employment Screening Program.

The program gives carriers access to applicants' driving records, including five years of crash reports and three years of roadside inspections. The information is obtained through service providers for a fee.

The agency is looking for comments on four changes:

- Exclude financial transactions from the records.
- Revise a category of records identified as "Access Transaction Records" to clarify that the information is kept on the users who have access to the system for pre-employment screening.
- Provide notice of transactions routinely initiated by service providers.
- Provide notice when an operator or applicant requests his own record.

Comments on the changes are due August 21.

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