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Defense Transportation: DOD Needs to Improve the Evaluation of Safety and Performance Information for Carriers Transporting Security-Sensitive Materials

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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In fiscal year 2014, DOD facilitated the transport by commercial motor carriers private-sector trucking companies of nearly 50,000 separate shipments of security-sensitive material e.g., ammunition and explosives in the continental United States. DOD uses DOT safety performance information to determine whether these carriers can transport security-sensitive material under the TPS program. The House Report 113-446 included a provision for GAO to assess matters related to the safety performance, standards, and other aspects of TPS carriers. This report examines the extent to which 1 DODs use of DOTs safety performance information results in sufficient and reliable information for DOD to evaluate the safety performance of individual TPS carriers, and 2 DOD evaluates TPS carrier incident data and investigates incidents to identify safety-related risks. GAO analyzed DOT and DOD safety performance data on the 55 carriers participating in the TPS program in fiscal years 2011-14.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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