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Railroad Safety: DOT Should Better Manage Its Hazardous Materials Inspection Program
RCED-90-43: Published: Nov 17, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the: (1) effectiveness of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) hazardous materials inspection program; and (2) extent to which the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) improved its Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) and established a program to register hazardous materials shipp...
Improvements Needed in DOT's Hazardous Materials Rail Safety Program
T-RCED-90-13: Published: Nov 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on rail transportation of hazardous materials, focusing on the: (1) Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Hazardous Materials Inspection Program; and (2) Research and Special Programs Administration's (RSPA) Hazardous Materials Information System. GAO noted that FRA implementation of its inspection program has been hampered by: (1) inadequate guidance and excessive indepen...
Pipeline Safety: New Risk Assessment Program Could Help Evaluate Inspection Cycle
RCED-89-107: Published: Mar 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Pipeline Safety's development of the inspection cycle for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, focusing on whether the: (1) office based the pipeline inspection cycle on sound risk assessments; and (2) Pipeline Inspection Priority Program (PIPP) would identify pipelines with the greatest...
Federal Assets: Information on Completed and Proposed Sales
RCED-88-214FS: Published: Sep 21, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the sales of federal assets included in the President's budget proposals to Congress since 1984.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Transportation (DOT) received $1.575 billion from the sale of Conrail stock; (2) the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority will make a $3 million annual payment to the Treasury for 50 yea...
The Department of Transportation's Recent Efforts To Strengthen Pipeline Safety
T-RCED-87-22: Published: May 5, 1987. Publicly Released: May 5, 1987.
GAO discussed the Department of Transportation's pipeline safety program, which its Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) administers. GAO noted that RSPA has responded positively to GAO recommendations by: (1) linking the level of states' pipeline inspection involvement to the size of their program grants; (2) revising procedures for monitoring state programs; and (3) improving its...
Aviation Information: Movement of Personnel and Data Bases
RCED-87-116FS: Published: Mar 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO obtained information concerning the transfer of staff and databases within the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA).GAO found that: (1) although RSPA has not completed its transition planning, it began staff reassignments in November 1986; (2) RSPA has not completed its transition plan for the 28 databases, b...
Pipeline Safety: Actions Taken To Improve the Program
RCED-86-235FS: Published: Sep 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided information on what actions the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) took in response to prior recommendations; (2) discussed problems with RSPA pipeline safety data systems; and (3) summarized the results of RSPA pipeline contractor inspections since 1980.GAO found that: (1) the only recommenda...
Procurement of Support Services at the Transportation Systems Center
116913: Nov 23, 1981
The Transportation Systems Center currently uses seven support service contracts to support its technical staff, provide certain employee services, and assist in the operation of the facility. The cost of these contracts for fiscal year 1981 was approximately $8.3 million.During a review, GAO noted that costs for the Center's health unit were excessive. The contract called for health services whic...
Pipeline Safety: Need for a Stronger Federal Effort
CED-78-99: Published: Apr 26, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1978.
A review of the federal pipeline safety program identified a number of significant problems and weaknesses in the program. The Office of Pipeline Safety Operations (OPSO) in the Department of Transportation has regulatory authority for the safe transportation of essentially all gas and hazardous liquids, but it has not fully or effectively exercised this authority.OPSO has not: (1) issued safety r...
The Effectiveness of the Federal Pipeline Safety Program
105076: Feb 27, 1978
Gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the United States total about 1.7 million miles and transport more than half of the Nation's energy supply. The Office of Pipeline Safety Operations, an element of the Materials Transportation Bureau within the Department of Transportation, is responsible for developing and administering a comprehensive and effective pipeline safety program. The regulations is...