Gambar halaman
PDF
ePub
[blocks in formation]

Mr. Rogers. What percentage of the TSI work is done for DOT? Please specify by mode and type of work done.

[The information follows:]

The percentage of TSI work done for DOT Agencies from fiscal year 1996 through 2000 and to date for fiscal year 2001 averages 82%. Percentages are provided on the following Chart that also reflects specifics by mode and type of work performed.

[blocks in formation]

Mr. Sabo. It has been reported that President Bush may look to increased pipeline activity as part of his energy initiative. What does RSPA's budget assume about pipeline activity? How would a substantial increase in pipeline flow impact RSPA's inspection and oversight activities?

[The information follows:]

RSPA has observed a marked increase in new pipeline construction over the last several years and expects the trend to continue for several years to come. Significant inspector and contractor resources have been used for monitoring the construction activity. In order to provide adequate oversight, RSPA's budget includes funds for contracts with Oak Ridge National Labs. Oak Ridge provides technical personnel to assist OPS inspectors monitor new construction projects.

Pipeline companies are allowed to operate their pipelines within certain operational parameters. An increase in flow within these parameters will not impact RSPA's inspection and oversight activities. However, RSPA activities may be impacted if many companies seek waivers of safety regulations in order to increase flow beyond what is currently allowed. Waiver requests of this sort require individual evaluation to determine whether or not safety would be affected.

ENGINE NOISE RESEARCH

Mr. Sabo. Given RSPA's coordinating role for transportation research, could you provide a table listing the dollars spent by FAA, NASA and any other Federal entity on engine noise research over the past ten years and describe the purpose of the research.

[The information follows:]

NASA and FAA Current and Projected Funding by Fiscal Year for the FAANASA Subsonic Noise Reduction Technology Program

(Funding Levels are Shown in Millions of Dollars and are Consistent with the FY 2000 President's Budget as Enacted by Congress)

[blocks in formation]

Current and Projected Funding by Fiscal Year for the FAA-NASA Subsonic

Noise Reduction Technology Program by Major Subelement

(Funding Levels are Shown in Millions of Dollars and are Consistent with the FY 2000 President's Budget as Enacted by Congress)

Subelement

FY93 FY94 FY95 FY96 FY97 FY98 FY99 FY00 FY01 Total

[blocks in formation]
[blocks in formation]

Mr. Sabo. The President's budget implements the recommendations of the Hazardous Materials Program Evaluation conducted two years ago by the Department. One of the recommendations of that program evaluation was that the Office of Intermodalism be the focal point within the Department to review hazardous materials policy, priorities, and objectives. Could you elaborate on how this has worked over the past year and detail any plans for this year?

[The information follows:]

Based on the recommendations from the Hazardous Materials Program Evaluation, sponsored by RSPA, the Office of the Inspector General (released March of 2000), the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, issued a Final Rule in the Federal Register on August 15, 2000, which delegated responsibility for intermodal hazardous materials transportation safety to the Associate Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of Intermodalism. On December 18, 2000, a Director for the Intermodal Hazardous Materials Programs (IHMP) was selected and tasked with serving as the principal advisor to the Secretary on all intermodal and cross-modal hazardous materials matters. According to the Director, because funding for the IHMP was not included in the 2001 budget, RSPA, USCG, FAA, and FMSCA detailed advisors to the IHMP in late January 2001. Since then, the Director and detailees have established an office, file system, and accomplished the following:

Short-term Accomplishments and Initiatives

[ocr errors]

Participated in drafting and reviewing 2001 Hazmat reauthorization bill.

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

Developed and submitted to OST a Notice to Federal Register announcing formal establishment of the IHMP, mission and goals, contact information, and news release.

Reviewed and commented on numerous rulemakings, NTSB

recommendations, and industry inquiries related to intermodal hazmat transportation.

Presented IHMP program overview/goals to various Government and industry stakeholder meetings and conferences.

Developed and submitted to OST a memo requiring Operating

Administration (OA) Performance Plan amendments to include hazmat safety goals.

Developed mission statement and created IHMP web-page, linked from Office of Intermodalism (http://www.dot.gov/intermodal/hazmat.html) "Improve Hazardous Materials transportation safety by facilitating improved strategic planning, program coordination, and effective program delivery."

Developed a one week curriculum for a cross-modal training initiative. Developed and coordinated with OAs and Inspector General a UNISHIP data-gathering directive which mandates all OA participation for enforcement action data sharing in compliance with the Hazardous Materials Transportation Law.

Drafting recommendation that OAs develop a MOU to coordinate hazmat enforcement, inspection, referral and criminal violation prosecution procedures as a result of their expanded delegated hazmat responsibilities.

Long-Term Initiatives

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

Explore expansion of enforcement authority for undeclared, general cargo inspection to determine risk to public.

Explore methods of reducing congestion by eliminating hazmat incidents and associated delays.

Develop a National Hazmat Outreach day, to educate both industry and the traveling public on hazmat safety for all modes.

Explore harmonization of civil penalty process across modes.

QUESTIONS FOR THE RECORD FROM CHAIRMAN ROGERS TO THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION

FRA'S TOTAL OST/OMB REQUEST AND PASSBACK

Mr. Rogers. What was FRA's total program request to OST (both in terms of budget authority and FTE)? What was OST's request for FRA to OMB? What was OMB's passback and FRA's appeal?

[The information follows:]

FRA's request to OST, the OMB passback and DOT appeal are predecisional documents, intended for use within the Administration and not for public disclosure. If agencies were required to make such documents public, this would inhibit the free discussion of proposals at their formative stages and would be detrimental to effective decision making.

FRA'S OST/OMB REQUEST AND PASSBACK FOR S&E

Mr. Rogers. What was FRA's request for salaries and expenses to OST (both in terms of budget authority and FTE)? What was OST's request for FRA's salaries and expenses account to OMB? What was OMB's passback and FRA's appeal?

[The information follows:]

FRA's request to OST, the OMB passback and DOT appeal are predecisional documents, intended for use within the Administration and not for public disclosure. If agencies were required to make such documents public, this would inhibit the free discussion of proposals at their formative stages and would be detrimental to effective decision making.

« SebelumnyaLanjutkan »