Regulatory and Legislative Update – August 2018

FMCSA finally submits SMS corrective action plan to Congress Months after it was supposed to be completed, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in July submitted its “corrective action plan” to Congress on reforms to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program and the Safety Measurement System (SMS). The document, which was required by Section 5221 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in response to the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), is just 10 pages, and that includes a recap of some of the NAS recommendations and previous actions, such as a public meeting conducted in September 2017. The plan focuses on what the agency considers to be the central NAS recommendation of replacing the current SMS methodology with one based on Item Response Theory (IRT).