The Secretary of Transportation has submitted proposed legislation to Congress that would reorganize the Research and Special Programs Administration, and establish 2, more focused organizations. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) would coordinate research-driven innovative technology and transportation statistics. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) would carry out the pipeline and hazardous materials transportation regulatory responsibilities currently administered by RSPA.
Editor’s note: The DOT expects there to be no budgetary impact due to this proposal, and the Office of Management and Budget takes no objection to it. The proposal appears to have wide support within the pipeline industry. We expect that it will be approved without significant opposition.