Government, Business, Safety

GAO: Condition of Large U.S. Bridges Improving, but Challenges Remain

Desmond Bridge construction Construction on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif. (Jonathan Alcorn)

The condition of the nation’s large bridges has improved over the last decade, but state transportation officials have faced challenges constructing or completing major projects on large bridges over the past five years, according to a new report by a congressional watchdog agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Government Watchdog Criticizes FMCSA’s Information Technology Systems

GAO headquarters kafka4prez/Flickr

A government watchdog has issued a searing review of some of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s most critical information technology systems used to monitor the safety of motor carriers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2017

Transportation Department, ATA Spar Over Meaning of Report by Congressional Agency

A Government Accountability Office report on statistical methodology at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration generated a celebration by Department of Transportation officials and charges of excessive spin control by American Trucking Associations.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 4, 2015
Government, Business, Safety

GAO Says Federal Government Should Study State Permitting Processes to Find Best Practices

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Department of Transportation study states' permitting practices for oversize and overweight truckloads, then pinpoint the best practices and share them.

Michele Fuetsch | Staff Reporter
March 3, 2015

GAO Critical of CSA Data

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said last week that some data included in the federal government’s Compliance, Safety Accountability program do not have a “strong predictive relationship with crashes.”

February 10, 2014

GAO Prepares Report on Reincarnated Fleets

The Government Accountability Office is preparing a report on motor carriers that have their operating authority revoked only to come back with a different name to apply for authority again.

May 30, 2011

GAO Exposes Security Lapses of TWIC Program at Ports

Investigators with the Government Accountability Office said they were able to gain unescorted access to several U.S. ports using fake biometric Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards.

May 16, 2011