New Audit Report Details Persistent Flaws in CSA Data



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New Audit Report Details Persistent Flaws in CSA Data

ARLINGTON, Va., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The

investigation report of the Department of Transportation's Inspector

General is just the latest to show significant problems with the

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety,

Accountability program, American Trucking Associations said.

"The Inspector General's report confirms what industry stakeholders,

independent researchers and other government watchdogs have found:

there continue to be significant flaws in the data FMCSA is using to

evaluate and score carriers under CSA," said ATA Executive Vice

President Dave Osiecki. "ATA continues to support the oversight

mission and safety goals of CSA - but FMCSA must acknowledge the

program's many problems - and commit to addressing them."

The Inspector General's report criticized FMCSA for: taking "limited

action" to address previously identified flaws; its inability to get

40 states and the District of Columbia to implement CSA

interventions; not following standard technology validation and

testing; and for not pushing states to be consistent in correcting

reams of inaccurate data.

"The audit found that while FMCSA claims to have enough data to

evaluate 40% of the industry - 13% of those companies report not

owning or operating any trucks. Serious inaccuracies like this affect

the scores of everyone scored under CSA - since carriers are compared

to one another," Osiecki said. "Though not 'safety data' per se, the

I.G. also found that many motor carriers need to do a better job of

reporting operational and exposure data, such as the number of trucks

they operate."

ATA expressed disappointment in the IG's report for taking FMCSA's

self-assessment of its State Safety Data Quality system, which scores

states' ability to upload timely and accurate data, at face value.

"ATA is disappointed that the I.G. didn't take a critical look at the

source of literally all CSA data, state enforcement agencies. While

the SSDQ indicates states are performing better than they have in the

past, the I.G. failed to examine under what circumstances a state

might obtain a "good" rating. This is a critical link in CSA data

quality that deserves greater attention."

ATA's document explaining the limitations of SSDQ ratings is available

here.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade

association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50

affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related

conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America

depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or

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