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

The Department of Transportation (DOT) Electronic Transmission and Storage of Drug Testing Information Federal Advisory Committee will meet for the second time in a public session on April 7-8, 2003, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Crystal City-National Airport, 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, (703) 979-9799, FAX: (703) 892-8121. 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 anticipates that, following the receipt of the Committee’s final recommendations, DOT will propose changes to Part 40 through a notice of proposed rulemaking that will result in minimum standards for security in transmission and storage of drug testing information and would result in a more widespread use of electronic technology in the program.

The Committee held its first meeting on June 18-19, 2002 in Washington, DC. A list of the committee members and a copy of the first meeting’s transcripts are available in the docket posted on the Internet at; the docket number is 12148. Three sub-committees composed of Committee members were established to research, develop, and provide information to the whole Committee at its next meeting. These sub-committees addressed the following three areas: 1. Format of electronic reports; 2. security of electronic transmission and digital signatures; and 3. storage security of electronic information. This second meeting will focus on specific findings, issues, and recommendations of the sub-committees related to these three areas.

The meeting will be open to the public on a first-come first-seated basis. There will be a time allocated for the public to speak on any of the above agenda items. Please make your request for the opportunity to make a public comment in writing to Minnie McDonald, ODAPC, at (202) 366-3784, FAX (202) 366-3897, or e-mail address: two weeks prior to the meeting. Your notification should contain your name and corporate designation, consumer affiliation, or government designation. Please include your address, telephone number and e-mail in case there is reason to contact you regarding your presentation. Those wanting to make a verbal statement should also include a short statement describing the topic to be addressed. Requestors will ordinarily be allowed up to 10 minutes to present a topic, however, the time may be limited depending on the number of requestors. If you have submitted a written statement to the docket, there is no need to subsequently duplicate this information by an oral presentation.


Monday, April 7, 2003

  • 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: General presentations by the sub-committee chairpersons,
  • 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Lunch,
  • 1:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Continued presentations,
  • 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: Public Comments or Presentations,
  • 5 p.m.: End of First Day.

Tuesday, April 9, 2003

  • 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Discussion of Options and Future Committee Actions,
  • 12 p.m.: Closing Comments,
  • 2 p.m.: End of Meeting.

A final agenda will be available to the public prior to the beginning of the meeting. 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.