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October 28, 2020 11:45 AM, EDT

FMCSA Seeks Nominations for Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee

Traffic on Interstate 71MCSAC’s members represent safety advocates, law enforcement officers, labor groups and trucking leaders. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting nominations for people to serve on its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

The agency issued its solicitation for nominations in a document scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Oct. 29. Chartered in 2006, MCSAC advises FMCSA leaders on motor carrier safety programs and regulations. The committee is composed of up to 25 members, who are appointed by the secretary of transportation for terms of up to two years.

MCSAC’s members represent safety advocates, law enforcement officers, labor groups and trucking leaders. Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, FMCSA is required to appoint members of diverse views and interests in an effort to ensure the committee is balanced.

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“Interested persons should have a commitment to transportation safety, knowledge of transportation issues, experience on panels that deal with transportation safety, and a record of collaboration and professional experience on [commercial motor vehicle] safety issues,” the document scheduled for publication in the Federal Register states.

Committee members must be able to attend two to three meetings each year, either through video conference or in person. MCSAC members serve without pay.

Duties for members include gathering information necessary to discuss issues raised by the designated federal officer, deliberating on issues relevant to truck safety and providing written consensus advice to the secretary of transportation.

Specifically, the document calls for nominations for representative members and Special Government Employees (SGEs) with specialized experience, education and training in commercial motor vehicle issues.

“Representative nominees must represent one of the four sectors of membership — safety advocacy, safety enforcement, industry or labor,” the document states. “Individuals appointed solely for their expertise will be appointed as SGEs.”

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Those selected to serve as SGEs are subject to certain federal conflict-of-interest laws, and will be required to meet financial disclosure and ethics training requirements. MCSAC members may not be employees of the federal government.

To apply, candidates must submit a short biography that includes professional and academic credentials, a résumé with relevant job experience and a one-page statement describing how the candidate will contribute to MCSAC. Up to three letters of recommendation may be submitted, but they are not required. Candidates are allowed to nominate themselves.

FMCSA will be accepting only nominations that have been submitted electronically within the 30-day window after the document’s publication date in the Federal Register. However, nominations received after that time may be retained for evaluation for future MCSAC vacancies.

FMCSA’s call for nominations comes about a month after the agency announced the creation of a panel of commercial drivers to contribute to MCSAC. The panel, announced Sept. 18, will provide feedback to FMCSA on issues facing truckers such as safety, hours-of-service regulations, training and parking.

According to an FMCSA spokesman, the agency has received interest from more than 200 drivers for the panel, and agency officials are reviewing the applicants.

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