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The watchdog agency of Congress has roundly criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not yet modernizing its information technology systems and for failing to fully establish an “investment management framework” for IT.

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Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?

The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

FMCSA Says Separate Study Confirms CSA Effectiveness, ATA Balks

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims a new study confirms its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.