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Issue 58 (PDF)

Date: October 2015

  • Public Interest Exclusion (PIE) Order Issued
  • Collectors and Refusal Documentation
  • No Need for Redundant Pre-Employment and Return-to-Duty Tests
  • Prior Employer Testing Histories
  • Securing Donor Items for DOT Collections
  • HHS Proposes Major Changes to Drug Testing Procedures
  • Part 40 Amended to Include eCCF
  • FAA Creates DER Video Series
  • FTA Issues Series of Rx/OTC Brochures
  • Possession of CDL Not Automatically Safety-Sensitive
  • Drug and Alcohol Training
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Word Scramble
  • SAP Referral Required for Pre-employment Positives/Refusals

Issue 57 (PDF)

Date: April 2015

  • Records Retention for Employers Offering a "Second Chance"
  • New Hires and Old Tests
  • Roundups and Random Batch Testing
  • Does Airbag Deployment Constitute Disabling Damage?
  • Officers Serving as BATs - Good Idea or Not?
  • Documentation Required for Post-Accident Test Delays
  • MIS Reporting Tips
  • Online Collector Training - Proceed with Caution
  • 2015 DOT Random Testing Rates
  • Correct DOT Agency on Custody and Control Form
  • Annual Testing Results for 2014
  • New Tools on the Website
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Word Search
  • Tourist Trolley or Road Trolley?

Issue 56 (PDF)

Date: January 2015

  • Information Release: Lawsuits, Grievances, and Unemployment and Worker's Compensation Proceedings
  • Using SAP Networks and Brokerages
  • Correct MRO Information on Forms
  • Important Announcement!
  • Follow-up Testing and Extended Absences
  • Annual MIS Reporting
  • Reading the Temperature Strip—Doing it Right
  • Blind Specimens Required for Large Employers and Consortia
  • Common Collection Site Errors
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Training Available
  • Reminder to Medical Review Officers (MROs) Verifying an Employee's Prescription
  • Must Show the Backs of the Forms
  • Shy Bladder—the Three-Hour Period
  • 10th Annual National Conference Registration Online Now!
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Crossword Puzzle
  • Why Calibration Checks are Important— What Documentation is Required

Issue 55 (PDF)

Date August 2014

  • The 9th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • Rise in the use of Marijuana by Safety-Sensitive Employees
  • Refusal Decision Makers
  • 2014 CCF Used as Paper or Electronic (eCCF)
  • Mid-Period Random Selections Not Allowed
  • FMCSA National Clearinghouse on Drug and Alcohol Program Violators-Proposed Rule
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing for Employees with Disabilities
  • Random Selection Draws for Very Small Employers
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • FTA Reasonable Suspicion Determination Cards are Available to Order
  • When Does A Drug or Alcohol Test Commence?
  • Retention of Annual Drug and Alcohol Management Information System (MIS) Reports
  • Updating Drug and Alcohol Policies-"Public Transportation" vs. "Mass Transportation"
  • Tasers and Stun Guns Are Not Considered a Firearm
  • FTA 5311 Tribal Transit Program
  • Previous DOT-Covered Employer Records - What Constitutes a Good Faith Effort?

Issue 54 (PDF)

Date: April 2014

  • New Acting Director of Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance
  • Post-Accident – Definition of Operation of Vehicle Lifts/Doors on Light Rail
  • Oversight Responsibility
  • Refusals Recognized by FTA
  • Efforts to Improve Collection Process May Violate Rule
  • Testing Above the Federal Minimums
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Drug-Free Workplace Act—25th Anniversary
  • What Do You Have Hanging On Your Walls?
  • FTA Grantees Have Access to Contractor/Subrecipient Records
  • DAMIS Packages Mailed in December
  • Electronic CCFs Not Permitted
  • Ferry Boat Operators Must Submit MIS

Issue 53 (PDF)

Date: January 2014

  • Alternate Selections in Random Testing
  • Alternative Methodologies for Drug Testing
  • Post-Accident: What is the "Best Information Available"?
  • ODAPC – Great Source of Information and Technical Assistance Materials
  • Is Your EBT Compromising Your Compliance?
  • Ninth Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol National Conference to be held in April 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Early Morning and Late Night Alcohol Tests – Part 2: How to Accomplish Them
  • Administrative vs. MRO-Produced Refusals
  • Dispatcher/Scheduler/Call-Taker: When Do You Consider Employees Safety-Sensitive?
  • Common Mistakes Found on Custody and Control Forms (CCF)
  • SAMHSA Releases Report on Energy Drinks

Issue 52 (PDF)

Date: July 2013

  • New Acting Program Manager of FTA Drug and Alcohol Program
  • Keynote Speaker Swart Stresses DOT's Position on Medical Marijuana at National Conference
  • Early Morning and Late Night Alcohol Tests - PART 1: Why They Are Important
  • National Conference Attracts 500 Participants
  • Post-Accident Testing for Maintenance Personnel
  • MIS Late Letters Going Out
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • FTA Audits Only Performed by FTA
  • FTA Drug Testing Records-Security and Separation
  • Maintenance Contractors
  • Blood Alcohol Content Greater than or Equal to 0.02, but Less than 0.04 - Now What?
  • Reasonable Suspicion Must Be REASONABLE
  • Not All Evidential Breath Testing Devices Can Be Used For DOT Confirmation Tests

Issue 51 (PDF)

  • Collection Sites May Be Visited by "Undercover" Inspectors
  • Immediate Means Immediate
  • National Focus on Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
  • When EBTs Fail to Print Confirmation Tests
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Transit Safety Institute (TSI) Training Schedule
  • Marijuana Class I Appeal Rejected By Federal Court, Still Dangerous With No Accepted Medical Use
  • Notification Forms: Accuracy is Key
  • Reviewing Collector Credentials?
  • How to Revise a Submitted Annual MIS Report
  • Post-Accident Flow Chart
  • Why File Management is Critical to Compliance
  • Providing Modal Authority for the CCF
  • FTA Supports Reasonable Suspicion Testing
  • Do Not Double Report MIS Testing Results
  • Best Practice: Provide Updated DER Information Before Each Collection
  • Employers: Save Copies of Your MIS Submissions for Your Records!

Issue 50 (PDF)

  • Random Selections Needed Prior to Beginning of Testing Period
  • DAMIS Packages Mailed in December
  • Random Testing Rates for 2013
  • Transmission of "non-negative" results
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Transit Safety Institute (TSI) Training Schedule
  • When Is a Self-Referral Too Late?
  • Report Provides Disturbing Insight into Rx Misuse
  • Pass-Through Agencies May Not Be Required to Have Policy
  • How to Find a Qualified MRO and SAP
  • What Happens When You Have a Re-Collect Negative Dilute
  • Dissemination of Pre-Employment Positives
  • Are Employees of Armored Car Guards Performing a Safety-Sensitive Function?
  • 2011 Positive Rate Climbs to 0.85 Percent
  • Daylight Savings Time: Make Sure Clocks were Changed!
  • Federal Register Final Rule

Issue 49 (PDF)

Date: Summer 2012

  • Popular EBTs Removed from Conforming Products List
  • The "Drug-Before-Alcohol" Problem in Testing
  • Reclassified Tests Should Be Reported
  • Ten Most Common Prescription Medications Used By Transit Employees
  • What to Do When Your Collection Site Is Unable or Unwilling to Do It Right
  • Cab Companies: Best Practices for Oversight
  • Reasonable Suspicion Testing: Impairment vs. Diagnosis
  • Weekend and Off-Hours Testing
  • Consistency Is Critical
  • U.S. DOT's Stance on Medical Marijuana
  • How to Update Your Contractor List for Annual MIS Reporting

Issue 48 (PDF)

Date: Spring 2012

  • 90-Day Pre-Employment vs. Return-to-Duty
  • When is "No" a "Test Refusal"?
  • What Does It Mean to "Refuse a Urine Test?"
  • Sixty-Minute Training Lacking
  • New Ways Prohibited Drug Users Are Fooling Collectors
  • ODAPC Issues Strong Reminder of Regulatory Requirement
  • K2/Spice: Education is the Key
  • DOT Unveils Mock-Collection Video
  • Second Chance vs. Zero Tolerance
  • 7th Annual Conference Another Success!
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Semi-Annual Statistical Summary from the Laboratory
  • Correcting your DAMIS Submission Until August
  • DTAB Recommendations Have No Immediate Impact on DOT Drug Testing Programs
  • When is a Vehicle in "Operation"? What is an "Accident"?
  • The Status of Drug and Alcohol Management Information System (DAMIS) 2011 Reporting

Issue 47 (PDF)

Date: Winter 2011

  • 7th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in Miami
  • Five Practices Mistaken for Regulations
  • Automatic Sinks and Toilets Pose Challenge
  • DAMIS Annual Reports due March 15th
  • New Questions in the DAPM Questionnaire
  • MRO Must Maintain Originals of CCFs
  • Ensuring a Truly Random Testing Program
  • Random Testing for Small Transit Systems
  • Six Changes That Will Immediately Improve Your Drug and Alcohol Program
  • CHANTIX Use Poses Safety Risk for Transportation Professionals
  • Drug and Alcohol Training
  • Testing Following Self-Referral under Employer Authority
  • Specimen Collection Quality Assurance Procedures

Issue 46 (PDF)

Date: Fall 2011

  • New CCF Must Be Used
  • 7th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • 2011 National Drug Control Strategy Released
  • MROs Must Follow Procedures to Report Test Results
  • Preparing for an Audit
  • Remember to Meet Record Retention Requirements
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx & OTC Medications - Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis
  • Technical Assistance

Issue 45 (PDF)

Date: Summer 2011

  • Drug Testing Integrity Act of 2011 (HR 707)
  • 6th Annual Conference A Success
  • MIS Report Submissions Submitted On Time
  • Testing Authority Must be Indicated
  • Collector Training Found Lacking
  • FTA Issues 2011 Rx/OTC Medication Toolkit
  • Working Group Reviews FTA Rx/OTC Medication Study
  • Medicaid Contractors Not Covered by FTA
  • Indiana Requires Medical Qualification Program and Rx/OTC Medication Policy for All Section 5311 Transit Systems
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx & OTC Medications - Pill Mills
  • Technical Assistance

Issue 44 (PDF)

Date: Winter 2011

  • Survey Data Shows Drug Use Increasing
  • 6th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • Random Test Rates Remain the Same for 2011
  • 6-AM Test Procedure Clarified
  • Correcting CCFs and ATFs
  • Discontinue Use of Old ATFs
  • MIS Reports due March 15, 2011
  • Ferryboat Operators Must Submit MIS Reports to FTA
  • Livingston Essential Transportation Service (L.E.T.S.) Emphasizes
  • Safety in its Rx/OTC Medication Use Policy
  • MBTA Addresses Rx/OTC Medications as Part of Maintaining a Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx & OTC Medications - Synthetic Marijuana Incense or Drug
  • Technical Assistance

Issue 43 (PDF)

Date: Fall 2010

  • New Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form
  • Conference Scheduled for April 5-7, 2011
  • MRO Requalification Training Requirements Clarified
  • Time to Use Old ATFs is Running Out
  • Employer Requirements Added to Part 40
  • Employers Should Include Ecstasy in Employee Training
  • Employers Should Review CCF for Accuracy
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Drug Interactions: Take Multiple
  • Rx/OTC Medications with Caution
  • Technical Assistance Materials

Issue 42 (PDF)

Date: Summer 2010

  • Proposed Rule Becomes Final
  • 6th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • Definitions Modified and Added
  • Pre-Employment Drug Test Should Occur Before Medical Exam
  • Date For New ATF Extended
  • IITFs Will Not Be Allowed
  • Random Test Results Remain Stable
  • Confusion Over Volunteers Clarified
  • Senate Bill Promises to Give FTA Civil Penalty Authority
  • Clandestine Collections Reveal Problems At Collection Sites
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings - Delaying Screen Test to Allow Mouth Alcohol to Dissipate Not Allowed
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Driving and Diabetes
  • Technical Assistance Materials

Issue 41 (PDF)

Date: Spring 2010

  • DOT Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • DOT Makes Interim Regulatory Changes Final
  • 5th Annual Conference Best Yet!
  • Public Interest Exclusion Enforced
  • FTA Researches Impact of Benzodiazepines on Driving
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings - Training
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Muscle Relaxants-Use with Caution
  • Technical Assistance Materials

Issue 40 (PDF)

Date: Fall 2009

  • Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference to be Held in March
  • Direct Observation for Return-to-Duty & Follow-up Testing Clarified
  • Medical Use of Marijuana Remains a Violation of DOT's Regulation
  • FTA Post-Accident Threshold Still Misunderstood
  • How to Update your List of Contractors for MIS Reporting
  • Random Survey of Accidents Underway
  • Majority of Transit Systems Have Rx/OTC Policy
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings - Previous Employer Record Requests
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Adderall Use Increasing Among Safety-Sensitive Employees
  • DOT Updates Technical Assistance Materials

Issue 39 (PDF)

Date: Spring 2009

  • Court Rules - Direct Observation Rule Stands as Written
  • MRO Procedures Clarified
  • 4th Annual Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference Biggest Yet
  • ODAPC Names New Senior Policy Advisor
  • Random Selection Methods
  • Makers of "Whizzinator" Plead Guilty in Federal Court
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx and OTC Medications
  • DOT's 10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity Video
  • Free Training Available

Issue 38 (PDF)

Date: Winter 2009

  • Direct Observation for Return-to-Duty and Follow-up Testing On Hold
  • Random Rates Remain Same for 2009
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in Nashville
  • 2008 MIS Reports
  • Swart Named Director of ODAPC
  • Rx/OTC Medication Research Underway-Transit Systems Requested to Complete Questionnaire
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx and OTC Medications
  • DOT's Direct Observation Procedures Available Online
  • Forty HHS Certified Labs Remain
Updated: Friday, March 18, 2016
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