[Federal Register: January 24, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 16)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Office of the Secretary
49 CFR Part 40
Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.
ACTION: Notice of public meetings on implementation of final rule.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is scheduling two
one-day public meetings to provide interested parties a detailed
overview of the Department's revised drug and alcohol testing
procedures, published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2000 (65
FR 79462). The meetings are scheduled approximately 60 days after the
publication of the rule to provide the public time to read and review
the document. The intent of the meetings is to provide the
transportation industry and other interested parties a more in depth
overview of the changes in the new rule and to clarify to the attendees
issues, which they may raise at the meetings.
DATES: The public meetings will be held on February 21 and 22, 2001, at
9:00 am-5:30 pm on both days.
ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be held at the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) Auditorium, 3rd Floor Center, 800 Independence
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591. Meeting format and registration
procedures are specified under supplementary information below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general meeting information and to
register for one of the meetings, contact Minnie McDonald or Don
Shatinsky at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of
Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, 400, 7th Street, SW., Room
10304, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-3784, fax (202) 399-3897, e-
The purpose of the meetings is to provide all segments of the
transportation industry and the general public with a section-by-
section overview of the drug and alcohol testing procedures required by
the new rule. Some of the major changes in the rule will be addressed
in detail. All information will be provided in presentation-style
format by staff members from the DOT's Office of Drug and Alcohol
Policy and Compliance and the Office of General Counsel. The
presentations, however, are not to be construed as a training session
meeting any of the training requirements required by the rule for
various service agents.
B. Procedural Matters
The meetings are scheduled in Washington, DC at the FAA auditorium
located at 800 Independence Avenue, SW., 3rd Floor Center, Washington,
DC 20591. The first meeting will be held on February 21st. The second
meeting, on February 22, will be a repetition of the previous day.
Specifically, the same presentations will be repeated by the same staff
members. Individuals should attend only one of the meetings, not both.
Both meetings will have limited seating capacity due to physical
constraints of the facilities. Registered attendees will receive
priority. Once the capacity of the meeting room is reached, there will
be an ``overflow'' room available which will have audio and video
connections to the auditorium. Once the auditorium and overflow room
seating capacity for a session is reached, subsequent registrants will
be moved to the other session, provided that session is not
If seating space is not available on the date that is selected by
the attendee, all efforts will be made to schedule for the alternate
date. Attendees will be notified of the change by mail, fax, or e-mail.
Notification will only be sent if it is not possible to meet the date
selected by the attendee.
Out of town attendees must make their own arrangements for hotels
and other lodging facilities. Lunch on each day will be the attendees'
responsibility. An eating facility is available in the FAA building and
there are other options available within a reasonable distance.
Attendees requiring sign language accommodation should notify DOT
no later than February 9, 2001.
Based on the extensive material that needs to be presented and the
time constraints, it is anticipated that questions will be limited. As
a result, 3 by 5 cards will be available on which questions may be
submitted. All questions, including those that are not answered because
of a shortage of time, will be subsequently published on the DOT web
It is expected that attendees will be familiar with the new rule
and will have a working knowledge of the regulatory requirements.
Copies of the rule will not be available at these sessions. Attendees
may download a copy from the DOT web site at
C. Registration Procedures
All attendees must register with DOT for these meetings. For all
attendees, the following information is requested: name, name of
alternate if the possibility exists that the primary registrant may not
attend, full mailing address, company, agency, or association which you
represent (if any), telephone number (in case the address is not
legible or additional information is needed), e-mail address
(optional), and which session you will be attending (i.e., February 21
Registration will expedite the process of entry into the building
through security. Additionally, it will ensure that there is sufficient
seating space to accommodate all potential attendees. Because of the
number of attendees that is projected, it is requested that individuals
arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the session to have
sufficient time to meet security procedures.
For convenience to the public, a form has been developed to
simplify registration for these meetings. A copy may be obtained from
the DOT Fax-On-Demand system, by calling (800) 225-3784 and requesting
document number 140; the registration form will be faxed to the
requestor. Use of the form will expedite the process of registration.
The form or all of the information requested above should be mailed,
faxed, or e-mailed to reach DOT no later then February 16, 2001.
E. Tentative Agenda
The following is a draft agenda for both days.
8:45-9:00 Registration and entry through security
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks--Administrative Announcements
9:30-10:30 Major Issues: Validity Testing, Stand Down, Public Interest
10:50-11:30 Employer Responsibilities
11:30-12:00 Alcohol testing
1:15-1:45 Urine Collection and Laboratory Reporting
1:45-2:30 Medical Review Officer Responsibilities
2:50-3:30 Substance Abuse Professional Responsibilities
4:00-4:45 Service Agent Responsibilities
4:45-5:30 Questions and Answers
Issued this 17th day of January, 2001, at Washington, DC.
Director, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, Department
[FR Doc. 01-2000 Filed 1-19-01; 10:20 am]
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