Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule Leaves OMB

Nov 3, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) received its final rule for DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse back from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 31, 2016. The rule, “Commercial Drivers’ License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (MAP-21).” Has been under OMB’s review since May 20,2016.


This rulemaking, according to the agency abstract, would create a central database for verified positive controlled substance and alcohol test results for CDL holders and refusals by such drivers to submit to testing. The clearinghouse would require carriers to submit positive tests and refusals to the database, and owner-operators must also report to FMCSA the consortium or third-party drug test administrator it uses and authorize it to submit information on any of its drivers, including themselves to the database.

The OMB gave the rule a “consistent with change” ruling, which means the rule is cleared to be published with changes recommended by OMB. Those recommendations were not published, and the final text of the rule won’t be known until it’s published in the Federal Register. FMCSA proposed the rule in February 2014, and it has been long sought after by many in trucking.

Speaking at the 2016 ATA Management Conference and Exhibition last month, Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer and assistant administrator for FMCSA, called the rule “a winner for the industry.”

“It really prevents job hopping,” he said. “It’s a tool for all of us.”


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