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Electronic Transmission and Storage of Drug Testing Information Federal Advisory Committee; Meeting

The Department of Transportation (DOT) Electronic Transmission and Storage of Drug Testing Information Federal Advisory Committee will meet in a public session on June 17, 2002, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on June 18, 2002, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. The purpose of the Committee is to recommend to the Department the type and level of electronic security that should be used for the transmission and storage of drug testing information, to assess the type of format and methodology that would be appropriate, and to recommend the level and type of electronic signature technology that would support the procedures used in the DOT drug and alcohol program.

The Department would be interested in hearing from the public about their experiences with use of electronic security systems, their effectiveness, problems with initiating such systems, initial cost and maintenance of the systems, practicality of use for small businesses, and any other factors that the Committee should review as part of its final recommendation to DOT. Please note that the Committee will not specifically address the “paperless laboratory” concept, since that process will require new rule making and will need to address issues such as use of electronic technology to fulfill legal requirements for evidential chain of custody procedures. The Committee will be looking at the broad application of electronic security technology as a general concept and not necessarily assessing specific current products on the market. However, entities wanting to address specific technologies and products may submit a short product description and performance data to the docket for the Committee’s review. The Committee meeting will be recorded and transcribed. Within a short time after the meeting, copies of the transcripts will be available on the DOT electronic docket.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Shatinsky, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC), Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation, at voice (202) 366-3784, fax (202) 366-3897. A list of the committee members may be obtained from Minnie McDonald, ODAPC, at (202) 366-3784 and a copy will be posted in the docket.