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PIA - Motor Carrier Management Information System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. In carrying out its safety mandate, the FMCSA:

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with industry efficiency;
  • Harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations; and
  • Targets educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers, and the public.

To meet these goals, the FMCSA partners with stakeholders, including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, safety groups, and organized labor on efforts to reduce bus and truck-related crashes. Since a first step to reduce accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains commercial vehicle safety data, as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Hazardous Materials Regulations. 

PIA - Enforcement Management Information System

FMCSA within the Department of Transportation (DOT) has been given the responsibility to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. In carrying out its safety mandate, FMCSA:

  •     Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with industry efficiency;
  •     Harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations; and
  •     Targets educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers, and the public.

To meet these goals, FMCSA partners with stakeholders, including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, safety groups, and organized labor on efforts to reduce bus and truck-related crashes. Since the first step to reduce accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains commercial vehicle safety data, as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (FHMRs). EMIS is a tool that helps FMCSA manage this data.

PIA - Electronic Document Management System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. In carrying out its safety mandate, the FMCSA:

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with industry efficiency;
  • Harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations; and
  • Targets educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers, and the public.

To meet these goals, the FMCSA partners with stakeholders, including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, safety groups, and organized labor on efforts to reduce bus and truck-related crashes. Since a first step to reduce accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains commercial vehicle safety data, as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Hazardous Materials Regulations. EDMS is a tool that helps the FMCSA manage data.

PIA - United States-Mexico Cross Border Long-Haul Trucking Pilot Program

The mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an Operating Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor coaches). To carry out its safety mandate, FMCSA partners with stakeholders—including federal, state, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups—on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers.   

FMCSA has announced in the Federal Register 76 FR 2807 April 13 2011 and also on July 8th 2011 its proposal for the initiation of the United States-Mexico Cross Border Long-Haul Trucking Pilot Program (Pilot) in order to evaluate the ability of motor carrier of property whose principal place of business is in Mexico to operate safely within the United States beyond the municipalities and commercial zones along the U.S.-Mexico border. This Pilot is the first step in the negotiated resolution of the 2001 NAFTA Arbitration Panel to impose retaliatory tariffs on goods transported from the U.S. into Mexico in response to the failure of the U.S. to allow Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to provide long-haul trucking services within the United States. The US-Mexico Cross-Border Long-Haul Pilot Program will allow Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to function throughout the United States. The Pilot program will not exceed three years from the date FMCSA grants the first provisional certificate. U.S.-domiciled motor carriers will be granted mutual privileges to operate in Mexico for the same period. Participating Mexican carriers and drivers are required to comply with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including those concerned with motor carrier safety, customs, immigration, vehicle registration, vehicle taxation and fuel taxation. Simultaneous and comparable authority to operate within Mexico must be made available to U.S. carriers. The Pilot will also require the participating carriers to allow the installation of electronic monitoring devices to assist FMCSA in its enforcement of hours-of-service (HOS) and cabotage requirements. 

PIA - User Profile and Access Control System

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility of enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1] To meet these goals, FHWA maintains effective communication with other federal agencies, state and local organizations, and members of Congress. With security always foremost in mind, as FWHA has automated much of this information sharing it also has implemented strict safeguards to protect against unauthorized or unintentional information exchange. The User Profile and Access Control System (UPACS) is one tool that helps FHWA accomplish this.

UPACS is a Web-enabled system designed to set and manage appropriate access to various FHWA systems, as well as detect unauthorized access. To do this, UPACS maintains a record of permissions, contact information, and other related data on each user that FHWA has determined requires access to one or more FHWA systems. When a user attempts to access an FHWA system, UPACS interfaces with the system in question, exchanging data that the system needs to permit or refuse access. UPACS logs also provide FHWA the information regarding access attempts it needs to monitor system usage adequately and identify possible unauthorized access incidents or security breaches. Additionally, in an effort to reduce data duplication with other systems, FHWA uses UPACS data to print telephone lists and provide other data in accordance with predefined and acceptable uses, outside of access control. With UPACS, FHWA can strike an effective balance between efficient information sharing and adequate security.

PIA - QuickHire

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1] One vital component involved in reaching those goals is finding and hiring the best people for the job. To manage this increasingly complex task while modeling frameworks described in the President's Management Agenda and the Human Capital Standards for Success, the comprehensive framework prepared by the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, and the General Accounting Office, FHWA is currently employing an automated human capital management tool QuickHire.

The QuickHire system is a publicly available Web site[2] through which applicants can provide information, apply for jobs, and track status; and through which FHWA Human Resources (HR) personnel can process the receipt of applicants, rate and rank applicants, communicate internally with hiring authorities, notify applicants of status, and overall streamline the hiring process. Applicants may enter the QuickHire system through consolidated online government job boards, such as through www.usajobs.com. If an applicants requests to apply for a DOT job, that applicant's Web browser is forwarded to the separate QuickHire Web site. As the federal government consolidates more of it HR activities, more or less of the ownership and control of QuickHire data and functionality may fall under the Office of Personnel Management.

PIA - National Highway Institute Web Portal

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility of enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1]   One vital component involved in reaching those goals is providing training pertaining to highway activities, making sure that professionals and members of the public have access to the best, most accurate information. Towards this goal, the National Highway Institute (NHI) within FHWA develops and implements applicable training programs. To manage this increasingly complex task and to make the training process more accessible and useful, NHI is currently planning an automated online training management tool – the NHI Web Portal. This system is in the early planning and development phases, and all references to NHI in this document are subject to changes as the planning progresses.

The NHI Web Portal system will be part of a publicly available web site, www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov, available to members of the public who take applicable NHI-developed training. Through this system, members of the public will be able to sign up for and take NHI-developed training, link to a separate government web site to pay for that training, schedule and participate in a Web conference, track their training history, and request transcripts necessary for certification. In addition, the NHI Web Portal system will offer the ability to purchase course materials.

PIA - Knowledge Management

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility for enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1] As one step towards accomplishing these goals, FHWA is sponsoring Web-based communities of practice (CoPs) to promote free and open knowledge exchange on such topics as environment and planning, air quality, high performance concrete, and transportation asset management.

This Knowledge Management system is a publicly available Web site through which the highway community discusses, collaborates, and exchanges ideas and practices on a wide range of interesting and timely topics on one of the FHWA Knowledge Communities. Also, the Knowledge Management system provides access to FHWA expertise through the Resource Center Expertise Locator (EL), enabling the public to quickly and easily identify a person or person(s) to answer inquiries on a variety of highway-related technical and program issues.

PIA - Freedom of Information Act Request Log Tracking System

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility for enhancing the movement of people and goods from one place to another, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tracking system contains records and related correspondence on individuals who have filed requests for information under the provisions of the FOIA, including requests for review of initial denials of such requests; copies of requested records; and records under administrative appeal. The system permits FHWA management and personnel to track and monitor FOIA requests, input processing data, and produce reports.

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