The Department of Transportation's Recent Efforts To Strengthen Pipeline Safety

T-RCED-87-22: Published: May 5, 1987. Publicly Released: May 5, 1987.

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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 work-load management. However, GAO also noted that RSPA still needs to: (1) redefine the federal-state relationship regarding jurisdiction over various pipeline safety activities; (2) determine the cost-effectiveness of requiring pipeline operators to maintain quality assurance systems; and (3) assess whether it should regulate additional portions of the nation's pipeline system.

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