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Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) Web Site

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Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) Web Site

Anne S. Ferro
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
July 24, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 142 (Thursday, July 24, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43117-43122]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-17489]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0392]


Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) 
Web Site

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces enhancements to the display of information on 
the public Safety Measurement System (SMS) Web site and responds to 
comments received in response to FMCSA's Federal Register Notice, 
``Proposed Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System 
(SMS) Public Web site'' published on November 5, 2013 The changes to 
the design of the SMS public Web site do not alter the SMS methodology 
or affect a carrier's safety rating, which is subject to 49 CFR part 
385, Safety Fitness Procedures. The enhancements are a continuation of 
the Agency's efforts, first announced in April 2010, to provide the 
motor carrier industry and other safety stakeholders with more 
comprehensive, informative, and regularly updated safety performance 
data. This notice explains the Agency's modifications to the public SMS 
display, including four additional changes not originally proposed that 
resulted from comments received. The enhancements will be implemented 
when SMS data is updated in August 2014. The SMS display preview Web 
site will remain available until the SMS display changes described in 
this notice become operational.

DATES: These enhancements are scheduled to be operational on August 2, 
2014.

ADDRESSES:

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    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to 
Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT Headquarters Building at 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line 
Federal document management system is available 24 hours each day, 365 
days each year.
    Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
Privacy Act System of Records Notice for the DOT Federal Docket 
Management System published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 
(73 FR 3316), or you may visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Courtney Stevenson, Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Administration, Compliance Division, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, Telephone 202-366-5241, Email: 
courtney.stevenson@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or 
submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Operations, Telephone 
(202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Public Participation

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
insert the docket number, ``FMCSA-2013-0392'' in the ``Keyword'' box 
and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and 
choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

II. Background

    The SMS uses data collected from roadside inspections, State-
reported crashes, and investigations to quantify the relative safety 
performance of motor carriers. The Agency uses SMS data to proactively 
identify and prioritize high-risk motor carriers. This prioritization 
is used to allocate investigative resources, as well as identify motor 
carriers for other actions such as a warning letters. FMCSA first 
announced the implementation of the SMS in the Federal Register on 
April 9, 2010 (75 FR 18256, Docket No. FMCSA-2004-18898). As FMCSA 
discussed in that notice, the SMS provides the motor carrier industry 
and other safety stakeholders with more comprehensive, informative, and 
regularly updated safety performance data. FMCSA announced further 
improvements to the SMS in March 2012 (77 FR 18298, Docket No. FMCSA-
2012-0074) and August 2012 (77 FR 52110, Docket No. FMCSA-2004-18898). 
As stated in the March 2012 notice, FMCSA plans to apply a systematic 
approach to making improvements to SMS, prioritizing and releasing 
packages of improvements as needed.
    Consistent with its prior announcements, on November 5, 2013, FMCSA 
announced proposed enhancements to the SMS Web site display and began a 
60-day public comment period. The proposed enhancements were based on 
feedback received from enforcement, industry, and other safety 
stakeholders, including the Agency's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory 
Committee (MCSAC), which was asked in February 2013 to provide input to 
the Agency regarding potential improvement to the Agency's CSA program, 
including the SMS Web site.
    Throughout the comment period, stakeholders were able to view the 
proposed changes on the SMS display preview Web site. In addition, the 
Agency conducted three webinars to educate and inform the public about 
the proposed enhancements. For the full background about the SMS, see 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION in the November Federal Register Notice, 78 
FR 66420 (Nov. 5, 2013). The Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance 
Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) and Crash 
Indicator BASICS will continue to be hidden from public view.
    FMCSA proposed these enhancements to advance the Agency's safety 
mission by making important information more understandable for motor 
carriers seeking to improve their safety performance and other public 
users interested in FMCSA data. These enhancements are an extension of 
the Agency's effort to provide more comprehensive, informative, and 
regularly updated safety and compliance performance data through a 
systematic approach, as announced in the April 9, 2010 and March 27, 
2012 Federal Register notices.
    The proposed Web site enhancements were developed to accomplish the 
following three key objectives:
    (1) Provide easier, more intuitive navigation, and user-friendly 
features and descriptions to clarify the SMS's role as FMCSA's 
prioritization tool for interventions;
    (2) Consolidate FMCSA safety information, so users do not have to 
go to multiple sites; and
    (3) Provide improved access to detailed information and new 
performance monitoring tools.
    It should be noted that the first objective, which includes 
clarifying SMS's role as a prioritization tool, is in alignment with 
recommendations from the MCSAC report submitted to FMCSA on June 9, 
2014. One of several recommendations related to the SMS public display 
states that FMCSA should explain that the primary purpose of SMS is for 
enforcement.
    The Web site enhancements that will take place on August 2, 2014, 
are summarized below:
    (1) Displaying a summary BASIC status to better clarify if a motor 
carrier's performance in the individual BASICs causes it to be 
prioritized for an intervention. Detailed data, such as the motor 
carrier's percentile ranking in each BASIC, has been moved to the 
individual drill down pages for each BASIC.
    (2) Offering a new ``Take a Tour'' feature to highlight 
enhancements to the SMS display and show visitors how to locate and use 
the site.
    (3) Allowing the Web site user to download the data for all of the 
carriers in the same safety event group used to rank a motor carrier's 
BASIC percentile. The SMS determines a BASIC percentile for each motor 
carrier within a BASIC based on how the individual carrier's BASIC 
``measure'' ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of 
safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes).
    (4) Highlighting a motor carrier's individual performance measure 
in each BASIC to more clearly identify its performance trends over 
time. The measure is based on the results of the carrier's roadside 
inspections or crashes, and is not relative to other motor carriers in 
its safety event group.
    (5) Reordering the display of the BASICs based on their association 
to crash rates, with the BASICs with the strongest associations at the 
left.
    (6) Displaying any motor carrier safety rating from a compliance 
review (CR) issued in accordance with 49 CFR Part 385. Previously, 
users had to go to FMCSA's Safety and Fitness Electronic Records 
(SAFER) System Web site.

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    (7) Displaying current insurance and operating authority status. 
Previously, users had to access FMCSA's Licensing and Insurance (L&I) 
Online Web site.
    (8) Providing a motor carrier's enforcement case history, including 
the date the case was closed, the applicable violations, and the 
associated fines.
    (9) Enhancing the presentation of safety performance over time 
through a variety of displays and graphs users can customize.
    (10) Displaying the total number of inspections as well as a 
breakdown of the number of inspections with violations used in the SMS 
in each carrier's detailed information.
    (11) Clarifying terminology in the SMS, such as the definitions of 
the terms ``0%'' and ``<3 inspections with violations,'' in a new 
glossary called ``SMS Display Key Terms.''
    FMCSA reviewed and considered all of the comments received related 
to the preview.

II. Summary of Public Comments and Response

    The Agency received 43 unique comments. Fifteen of the comments 
received did not address the proposed display enhancements and were 
outside of the scope of the notice. The Agency has considered only the 
comments addressing the proposed enhancements to the design of the SMS 
public Web site that were listed in the November 5, 2013, Federal 
Register notice. Comments addressing other topics, such as the SMS 
methodology and the general effectiveness of the SMS, were outside the 
scope of the notice and were not considered for the purposes of 
considering SMS display issues--the Agency accepts these comments as 
general feedback on CSA and will handle them accordingly. As a result, 
they are not discussed in this notice.
    Commenters included representatives from the Advocates for Highway 
and Auto Safety (Advocates), American Trucking Associations (ATA), C.H. 
Robinson, Hazmat Environmental Group, Inc., American Bus Association 
(ABA), The Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck 
Transportation (ASECTT), National School Transportation Association, 
and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).
    The majority of the commenters voiced support for the proposed 
enhancements. Commenters supported having a single location for public 
motor carrier safety data. However, many commenters offered 
recommendations to improve the Web site. The ABA commended the Agency 
for holding educational webinars to inform the public on the display 
changes and suggested that the Agency continue this practice. Half of 
the supporters chose not to identify themselves with a specific 
stakeholder group, but those who did were primarily representatives 
from industry associations, motor carriers, drivers, and other safety 
stakeholders.
    Below is a summary of the comments received that address the 
proposed changes and the Agency's responses:

(1) Displaying a Summary BASIC Status to Better Clarify if a Motor 
Carrier's Performance in the Individual BASICs Causes it To Be 
Prioritized for an Intervention

    FMCSA received ten comments to the docket relating to the summary 
BASIC status. C.H. Robinson commended the Agency for moving detailed 
BASIC information, such as the percentiles, to the site's internal Web 
pages. C.H. Robinson stated that the removal of the BASIC percentile 
ranks from the Carrier Overview page emphasizes that this data is used 
to prioritize investigation resources. OOIDA also saw this change as an 
improvement, but expressed a concern that BASIC percentile ranks are 
difficult to put into a meaningful context.
    Advocates, Apex Capital Group, the Hazmat Environmental Group, 
Inc., and several individuals opposed the redesign of the Carrier 
Overview page. They argued that the page does not provide a concise 
snapshot of a carrier's safety profile and that it takes too many 
clicks to access detailed BASIC information, which increases workload. 
These commenters recommended that the Carrier Overview page retain the 
detailed carrier information that the current SMS Web site displays, 
such as BASIC percentile ranks and registration information. The Hazmat 
Environmental Group, Inc. also argued that a carrier's safety rating 
may be taken at face value without the BASIC percentile ranks on the 
overview page to provide additional information. Apex Capital Corp 
opposed the redesign and stated that BASIC prioritization status 
information should only be displayed with SMS disclaimer language on 
the internal pages of the Web site and removed from the Carrier 
Overview page in its entirety.
    In addition, OOIDA questioned the inclusion of Serious Violations 
as part of the display and input into the BASIC prioritization status. 
They argued that these violations are not part of the SMS methodology 
and, therefore, are not used by FMCSA to prioritize carriers for 
interventions.
Response
    FMCSA designed the new Carrier Overview page to provide a summary 
of a carrier's prioritization status in each BASIC. This page is not 
intended to display detailed BASIC information. BASIC percentiles do 
not impact a carrier's safety rating and are not intended to imply any 
safety rating. However, FMCSA believes that easy access to detailed 
information is essential for our stakeholders. To address comments 
received, the Agency will revise the design of the Carrier Overview 
page to allow users single-click access to detailed BASIC information 
for a given carrier, across all BASICs.
    In response to OOIDA's comments regarding Serious Violations, the 
Agency notes that Serious Violations from investigation findings have 
been factored into assessing a BASIC's prioritization status and have 
been publicly available since implementation of the SMS in 2010. The 
new Carrier Overview page displays a carrier's BASIC prioritization 
status, which equates to the summary ``BASICs Status'' column that has 
been available on the public SMS Web site since December 2010. To 
assist users in understanding BASIC prioritization status, the Agency 
plans to release an updated document which will centralize information 
regarding how both on-road performance data (percentiles) and 
investigation results (Serious Violations) have been and continue to be 
factored into a carrier's prioritization status. This document will be 
posted publicly following the SMS display release in August.

(2) Offering a New ``Take a Tour'' Feature To Highlight Enhancements to 
the SMS Display and Show Visitors How To Locate and Use the Site

    FMCSA did not receive any comments about this enhancement during 
the preview. The Agency plans to refine the ``Take a Tour'' feature to 
align with the modifications of the SMS display changes outlined in 
this notice.

(3) Allowing the Web Site User To View and Download the Data for All of 
the Carriers in the Same Safety Event Group Used To Rank a Motor 
Carrier's BASIC Percentile

    ATA and Advocates voiced their support for the inclusion of safety 
event group information on the display. ATA added that safety event 
group information for the Crash Indicator and Hazardous Materials (HM) 
Compliance BASICs should not be available for public download; while 
Advocates

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stated that all BASIC information should be available to the public. In 
addition, Alejandro Canedo, Colleen Richie, Hazmat Environmental Group, 
Inc., and an anonymous commenter voiced concern that they could not 
find the print-ready carrier profile on the Web site and recommended 
that the Agency retain this functionality.
Response
    The new display will allow all users to view and download safety 
event group information for publicly available BASICs. This information 
includes a carrier's U.S. DOT Number, name, number of relevant 
inspections, number of inspections with violations, and measure and 
percentile in that public BASIC. This notice does not change which 
BASICs are publicly available. The Crash Indicator and HM Compliance 
BASICs are not publicly available, and their associated safety event 
group information will not be made available to the public at this 
time.
    The Agency did not remove the print-ready functionality from the 
SMS Web site. It is part of the preview site and will be part of the 
new SMS display when it becomes operational in August 2014. To better 
highlight this functionality for our stakeholders, the SMS display will 
include a ``BASIC Status'' menu with a ``print'' option.

(4) Highlighting a Motor Carrier's Individual Performance Measure in 
Each BASIC To More Clearly Identify Its Performance Trends Over Time

    ATA commended the Agency for highlighting the carrier's measure, 
stating that this lays the groundwork for future improvements to the 
SMS methodology. Jerry Malinka recommended that carrier BASIC measure 
data be the only data shown to shippers, brokers, and other public 
stakeholders. OOIDA requested that the Agency clearly define a 
carrier's measure throughout the new display to clarify how the public 
should use this information.
Response
    In response to this feedback, the new SMS display will include 
user-friendly descriptions of a carrier's measure and offer better 
explanations of its relationship to a carrier's percentile. These 
descriptions will be available on the graphs for each BASIC, the ``SMS 
Display Key Terms'' document located in the Help Center and additional 
locations on the site. This change is in alignment with a 
recommendation in the MCSAC report, which suggests FMCSA offer an 
``improved explanation of the measures scores (i.e., raw scores) and 
how they can or should be used by the public.''

(5) Reordering the Display of the BASICs Based on Their Association To 
Crash Rates, With the BASICs With the Strongest Associations at the 
Left

    FMCSA acknowledges three commenters to the docket, Apex Capital 
Corp., ATA, and an anonymous commenter, who raised concerns regarding 
the new order of the BASICs. The anonymous commenter found the new 
order confusing, recommending that the new display retain the order of 
the BASICs on the current SMS Web site. Apex Capital Corp. and ATA 
suggested that the public display include a statement that explains 
that the BASICs are reordered based on their relationship to crash 
risk.
Response
    The new order of the BASICs is based on the results of FMCSA's SMS 
Effectiveness Test, which is available at: http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/CSMS_Effectiveness_Test_Final_Report.pdf. The Agency 
conducted this test to evaluate the SMS as a workload prioritization 
tool to identify motor carriers with potential safety problems. An 
additional change to the Web site related to these comments is 
described in Section III below.

(6) Displaying Any Motor Carrier Safety Rating Issued in Accordance 
With 49 CFR Part 385

    Several commenters, including ATA and TIA, applauded the Agency for 
including safety rating information on the Carrier Overview page of the 
SMS display. A representative from ATA suggested that the safety rating 
be displayed more prominently on the site. This member also requested 
that the Agency remove the ``as of'' date underneath the safety rating, 
arguing that this date implies that the rating is updated daily. The 
ASECTT expressed concern that displaying a carrier's safety rating on 
the same page as the BASICs would give a reader the impression that a 
carrier's BASIC prioritization status is co-equal with its safety 
rating.
Response
    One of the key objectives of the SMS display enhancements is to 
provide a single location for FMCSA's safety information about motor 
carriers. FMCSA will display the safety rating at the top of the 
Carrier Overview page, and FMCSA believes this location meets the 
stated objectives. In addition, the ``as of'' date is necessary to 
distinguish between the ``Rating Date'' and the date the rating 
information was pulled from the SAFER System Web site. The ``as of'' 
date is the date the information was pulled from SAFER, while the 
``Rating Date'' is the date the rating itself was issued by the Agency. 
These dates will be clearly indicated in the Web site accordingly.
    Regarding the comment from ASECTT, nothing on the SMS Web site 
advises users to consider a carrier's BASIC prioritization status co-
equally with its safety rating. The SMS Web site will retain its 
current disclaimer, which advises users that a carrier's BASIC 
prioritization status ``is not intended to imply any Federal safety 
rating of the carrier pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 31144.'' FMCSA encourages 
users to examine all sources of FMCSA's safety information in order to 
obtain the most comprehensive picture of a motor carrier's safety and 
compliance status.

(7) Displaying Current Insurance and Operating Authority Status

    Jennifer Spencer, Advocates, ATA, Knight Transportation, Inc., TIA, 
and a commenter identified as G.O. supported this enhancement, and some 
of them recommended that the Agency provide additional licensing and 
insurance information. Advocates and Jennifer Spencer requested that 
the display include the type and status of a carrier's operating 
authority. Jennifer Spencer, Knight Transportation, Inc., and G.O. all 
suggested that the display list the carrier's insurance type and filing 
status.
Response
    FMCSA is providing a link to the L&I Online Web site on the display 
rather than duplicating the detailed information on that site. The L&I 
Online Web site is a public database that provides users with access to 
authorized for-hire motor carrier, freight forwarder, and property 
broker licensing and insurance information.

(8) Providing a Motor Carrier's Enforcement Case History, Including the 
Date the Case Was Closed, the Applicable Violations, and the Associated 
Fines

    ATA raised a concern that the penalties history information on the 
display does not provide sufficient context for the fines issued to 
carriers for past violations. ASECTT expressed concern that including 
the penalties history information would give a reader the impression 
that penalty history is as relevant as the carrier's safety rating.

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Response
    To address ATA's concern, FMCSA will improve the Penalties History 
section by providing a link to the Agency's Civil Penalties Web page, 
where there is a description of closed enforcement cases by fiscal 
year. The Agency has posted enforcement history information for many 
years on this site. An enforcement case is considered ``closed'' once 
the Agency issues the carrier a ``Notice of Claim'' (NOC) and the 
carrier has (1) paid the penalty in full, (2) signed a settlement 
agreement, or (3) a ``Final Agency Order'' was issued. Each closed 
enforcement case listed includes the U.S. DOT Number, name, city and 
State, the violations that resulted in the enforcement action, the case 
number, and the total amount settled. The SMS Web site will not display 
any penalties history information that was not previously publicly 
available. Nothing on the SMS Web site advises users to consider a 
carrier's penalties history.

(9) Enhancing the Display of Safety Performance Over Time Through a 
Variety of Displays and Graphs Users Can Customize

    ATA and OOIDA supported the Agency's enhanced graphs and displays 
of a carrier's safety performance over time, and provided 
recommendations to clarify these tools. OOIDA requested that the Agency 
clearly define a carrier's measure on the graphs, and throughout the 
display, to show how the public should use this information. ATA added 
that the Agency should improve the design of the graphs to make them 
more user-friendly.
Response
    FMCSA believes it is important to ensure that our stakeholders can 
understand the safety data presented on the SMS Web site. The Agency 
will clarify a carrier's measures throughout the display to show how 
the measures are calculated, as well as how they relate to the 
carrier's percentiles.

(10) Displaying the Total Number of Inspections as Well as a Breakdown 
of the Number of Inspections With Violations Used in the SMS for a 
Carrier

    The Agency did not receive any comments that addressed this change.

(11) Clarifying Terminology in the SMS, Such as the Definitions of the 
Terms ``0%'' and ``<3 Inspections With Violations,'' in a New Glossary 
Called ``SMS Display Key Terms''

    ATA and C.H. Robinson recommended that the Agency modify the 
display's BASIC percentile description. Both suggested the description 
be written in terms that are positive, rather than negative, as to how 
a carrier relates to its safety event group.
Response
    FMCSA believes the description proposed meets the stated 
objectives. The percentile represents how the individual carrier is 
performing compared to other carriers in the safety event group. For 
example, a 90 percentile indicates that, as stated in the description, 
``90% of motor carriers in the same safety event group have better on-
road performance than this motor carrier.'' Switching the description 
to positive terminology would result in one numeric value (90) being 
displayed in the percentile column, with a different numeric value (10) 
being used in the description, and may increase confusion for users. 
Although it will not rephrase as suggested by these commenters, the 
Agency will otherwise clarify the definition of percentiles as they 
relate to safety event groups on the Web site.

III. Additional Changes

    FMCSA is implementing additional changes as listed below based on 
careful consideration of comments received and stakeholder feedback. 
These changes are in addition to some cosmetic changes recommended by 
commenters such as changing the colors in the display to better 
distinguish between icons and BASICS that are prioritized.

(1) Providing a Carrier With Its Own Inspection Selection System (ISS) 
Information, Including the Carrier's ISS Score, Inspection 
Recommendations, and the Basis for Those Recommendations

    Alejandro Canedo, Colleen Richie and Hazmat Environmental Group, 
Inc., requested that the Carrier Overview page include a carrier's 
individual ISS information to help educate carriers on what their ISS 
is and equip them with some of the information used by enforcement.
Response
    The Agency will provide carriers who are logged into the SMS Web 
site with their own ISS information on the Carrier Overview page. The 
information provided will include the carrier's ISS score, inspection 
recommendations, the basis for those recommendations, and a link to the 
ISS methodology. Previously, carriers and enforcement users had to log 
into the Agency's Portal to obtain this information. Since the rollout 
of the SMS in December 2010, ISS information has been, and will 
continue to be, unavailable to the public and will not be made publicly 
available at this time. Motor carriers will be able to view only their 
own ISS information.

(2) Providing Carrier and Driver Out-of-Service (OOS) Rates and 
National Averages To Allow Users To Compare an Individual Company's OOS 
Rate With the National Average for Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)

    Advocates requested that FMCSA include driver and carrier OOS rates 
and the national average OOS rates to enable users to compare an 
individual company's rate with the national average of CMVs on the 
roads.
Response
    The Agency will provide driver and vehicle OOS information based on 
data currently publicly available on FMCSA's SAFER System Web site. A 
link to SAFER for more detailed information is also available on the 
SMS display.

(3) Acknowledging Distinctions Between BASICS and Crash Involvement by 
Incorporating BASIC Status To Crash Rate Graphs From FMCSA's SMS 
Effectiveness Test

    ATA stated that the Web site should clearly indicate the 
relationship of each BASIC to safety.
Response
    As mentioned above, FMCSA recently conducted an SMS Effectiveness 
Test that examined the ability of the SMS to identify carriers with 
safety problems for interventions. In response to this comment, the 
Agency will provide a link to the SMS Effectiveness Test report and 
display the results in two `BASIC Status to Crash Rate' graphs on the 
SMS Web site. The graphs will show test results on the overall crash 
rates of companies prioritized for intervention by number and type of 
BASIC, compared to companies that were not prioritized. The SMS 
Effectiveness Test report is available at: http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/CSMS_Effectiveness_Test_Final_Report.pdf. This change is 
also in alignment with a recommendation in the MCSAC report noted 
above, which suggests FMCSA provide ``examples of how the different 
BASIC ratings can be used to make interpretations about comparative 
crash risk between carriers with different ratings.''

(4) Displaying a Carrier's ``Doing Business As'' (DBA) Name To Enhance 
the Search Options on the Web Site

    Advocates recommended that the Agency provide the carrier's DBA 
name

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to give users additional ways to search for carriers on the Web site.
Response
    In response to this feedback, the Agency will provide a carrier's 
DBA name to improve the search functionality on the site.

IV. Implementation

    The SMS display enhancements explained in this notice will be 
implemented in August 2014. The Agency is developing outreach materials 
and plans to host several educational webinars for the public 
addressing the enhancements to the public SMS Web site. The webinars 
will address the enhancements to the public SMS Web site, as well as 
MCMIS changes to improve uniformity in the treatment of violations data 
that was announced in 79 FR 32491.These webinars will take place after 
the implementation of the display changes to give stakeholders time to 
familiarize themselves with the enhanced SMS Web site and identify any 
questions they may have. The scheduled dates and times of the 
educational webinars are below:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00-11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

All the webinars will have closed captioning available, and all 
stakeholders are encouraged to participate. Interested parties can 
register for the webinars through the FMCSA's National Training Center 
at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/overview-fmcsa-safety-measurement-system-display-enhancements-industry-webinar. A copy of the webinar 
will also be available on the Agency's Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

    Issued on: July 21, 2014.
Anne S. Ferro,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-17489 Filed 7-23-14; 8:45 am]
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