The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General’s (IG) Office announced today that they have officially begun their audit of FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative. The initiative, which aims to measure and prioritize safety levels for motor carriers through crash and other data factors, has drawn criticism from Members of Congress and the transportation industry for how it measures and scores truck safety.
On September 13, 2012, the House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held an oversight hearing entitled: “Evaluating the Effectiveness of DOT’s Truck and Bus Safety Program.” At the hearing TIA Board Member Bruce Johnson, C.H. Robinson Worldwide testified on the adverse effects to the brokerage industry brought about by the CSA initiative.
Following the hearing, Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman John Duncan (R-2nd/TN) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-4th/OR) made an official request for the DOT IG to audit the program and evaluate FMCSA’s implementation of CSA. Specifically, they requested that the audit assess whether FMCSA has (1) established adequate controls to ensure the quality of the data used to evaluate carrier performance and risk, and (2) effectively implemented CSA enforcement interventions.
The audit is scheduled to begin shortly and should take a few months to formally complete.