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PIA - Surface Transportation Board (STB) Case Management System

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is an economic regulatory agency that Congress charged with the fundamental missions of resolving railroad rate and service disputes and reviewing proposed railroad mergers. The STB serves as both an adjudicatory and a regulatory body. The agency has jurisdiction over railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring transactions (mergers, line sales, line construction, and line abandonments); certain trucking company, moving van, and non-contiguous ocean shipping company rate matters; certain intercity passenger bus company structure, financial, and operational matters; and rates and services of certain pipelines not regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

One set of activities that supports this mission is to hear and decide application and petition cases referred to as dockets. The Case Management System (CASE) helps STB manage the flow of dockets brought before STB. To do this, CASE records and tracks:

  •     A filed application or petition, including information on who filed the application or petition, when it was filed, and to whom the case is assigned.
  •     Statutory and internal deadlines for processing.
  •     Pertinent filings in each docket.
  •     All other decisions and notices of the STB in each docket.

In addition, CASE allows STB to meet requirements to display through a public Web site information on applicants, petitioners, and other parties to a docket, as well as the filings, decisions, and notices in the docket and correspondence related to environmental issues.

PIA - Everbridge Mass Notification System (EMNS)

The Everbridge Mass Notification System (EMNS), through Everbridge Inc., will provide mass communication to Volpe Center employees in the event of a crisis, emergency, or issue which necessitates mass notification (weather, power, etc). The methods of communication may include email, telephone, cellular phone, and paging device numbers. The system is located at multiple hosting facilities and is managed and secured by Everbridge, Inc.

PIA - Volpe Centralized Data Repository (VCDR)

The Volpe Centralized Data Repository (VCDR) will provide a consolidated, secured, data storage system that Volpe Center employees and contractors can use to store and generate sensitive records. Volpe Center employees and contractors will transfer their sensitive LAN records to VCDR and, going forward, will create any such records in VCDR. Among other improvements, this will eliminate the need for employees and contractors to individually encrypt each LAN record that contains personally identifiable information (PII).   

The VCDR will be managed by Federal Employees within the Information Technology Division (ITD), and Contractor Support Staff. VCDR accounts will be created based on need; only those employees and contractor personnel who have LAN accounts and handle sensitive information will be VCDR account holders. 

PIA - Volpe Local Area Network (LAN) GS

The Volpe LAN GSS system provides access to required local systems and Wide Area Network (WAN) access to both the Internet and other Government Agencies. The LAN is used by Volpe Center employees and contractors.  

The Volpe LAN is defined as the infrastructure required to support mission functionality including network and security devices, electronic mail resources, and intranet resources to include file servers, workstations, printers, etc. The Volpe LAN is managed by Federal Employees within the Information Technology Division (ITD), and Contractor Support Staff. The ITD is responsible for LAN oversight, while contractor staff provides day to day support under guidance of ITD.

PIA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), is the federal agency charged with the safe and secure movement of almost 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by all modes of transportation. The agency also overseas the nation's pipeline infrastructure which accounts for 64 percent of the energy commodities consumed in the United States. The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) is the federal safety authority for the transportation of hazardous materials by air, rail, highway and water.

This website includes OHMS guidance documents, hazmat carriers' special permits and approvals information, reports and incidents summaries, penalty action reports, registration information and forms, the Emergency Response Guidebook for First Responders, Freedom of Information Act requests, and the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants program. This site also provides the ability for the public to use electronic filing to reduce the amount of data entered manually from paper submissions, improve data quality, and speed the process for requests for information.

PIA - Third-Party Web Sites and Applications (STD-TP-WEB)

Within the Department of Transportation (DOT), DOT's Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO), within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), is responsible for leading DOT's compliance with the Open Government Directive issued by the Office of Management and Budget on December 8, 2009 (OMB Memorandum M-10-06). OCIO and other OST offices (principally, the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) and the Office of General Counsel (OGC)) provide technical, programmatic and legal support for DOT-wide compliance with the Open Government Directive. OMB's Open Government Directive requires agencies to take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration as set forth in the President's Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, issued January 21, 2009. 

As part of its support function for Open Government, OCIO issued policies (DOT Order 1351.24 "Departmental Web Policy" and DOT Order 1351.33 "Departmental Web-Based Interactive Technologies Policy") regarding use of third-party web sites and applications. These policies permit DOT public engagement and public affairs offices and Information Technology (IT) support personnel to use third-party web sites and applications (i.e., "" sites,[1]  such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter) to provide information and services to the public and to provide social media tools (such as blogs) for members of the public to use to engage with DOT regarding DOT programs. On a "" site, the third party that operates the site collects certain mandatory information about users of the site as necessary to operate the social media tools (for example, to register or enroll users to submit comments to the site or to receive information alerts from the site). The third party may also solicit and collect optional information about users of the site for the third party's own commercial purposes. The mandatory and optional information collected by the third party could include personally identifiable information (PII) about individual users. The third party could make some of this PII publicly available to other users of the site (for example, a user's personal email address may appear on the site if the user is using it as his or her public ID; "friending" may reveal some of the user's personal profile information to the user who is "friended"). In addition, individual members of the public may include other PII in their public interactions with the site (such as, by including PII in comments they submit to the site).