[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 27, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71036-71037]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28384]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket ID PHMSA-2013-0248]


Pipeline Safety: Random Drug Testing Rate; Contractor Management 
Information System Reporting; and Obtaining Drug and Alcohol Management 
Information System Sign-In Information

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 
DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Calendar Year 2014 Minimum Annual Percentage Rate for 
Random Drug Testing; Reminder for Operators to Report Contractor 
Management Information System (MIS) Data; and New Method for Operators 
to Obtain User Name and Password for Electronic Reporting.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate 
for covered employees will remain at 25 percent during calendar year 
2014. Operators are reminded that drug and alcohol testing information 
must be submitted for contractors performing or ready to perform 
covered functions. For calendar year 2013 reporting, PHMSA will not 
mail the ``user name'' and ``password'' for the Drug and Alcohol 
Management Information System (DAMIS) to operators, but will make the 
user name and password available in the PHMSA Portal (https://portal.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline).

DATES: Effective January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blaine Keener, National Field 
Coordinator, by telephone at 202-366-0970 or by email at 
blaine.keener@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Notice of Calendar Year 2014 Minimum Annual Percentage Rate for Random 
Drug Testing

    Operators of gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines 
and operators of liquefied natural gas facilities must randomly select 
and test a percentage of covered employees for prohibited drug use. 
Pursuant to 49 CFR 199.105(c)(2), (3), and (4), the PHMSA 
Administrator's decision on whether to change the minimum annual random 
drug testing rate is based on the reported random drug test positive 
rate for the pipeline industry. The data considered by the 
Administrator comes from operators' annual submissions of MIS reports 
required by Sec.  199.119(a). If the reported random drug test positive 
rate is less than one percent, the Administrator may continue the 
minimum random drug testing rate at 25 percent. In calendar year 2012, 
the random drug test positive rate was less than one percent. 
Therefore, the PHMSA minimum annual random drug testing selection rate 
will remain at 25 percent for calendar year 2014.

Reminder for Operators To Report Contractor MIS Data

    On January 19, 2010, PHMSA published an Advisory Bulletin (75 FR 
2926) implementing the annual collection of contractor MIS drug and 
alcohol testing data. All applicable Sec.  199.119 (drug testing) and 
Sec.  199.229 (alcohol testing) MIS reporting operators are responsible 
for the submission to PHMSA of all contractor MIS reports to PHMSA, as 
well as their own, by March 15, 2014.
    Contractors with employees in safety-sensitive positions who 
performed covered functions as defined in Sec.  199.3 of Part 199, must 
submit these reports only through the auspices of each operator for 
whom these covered employees performed those covered functions (i.e., 
maintenance, operations or emergency response).

New Method for Operators To Obtain User Name and Password for 
Electronic Reporting

    In previous years, PHMSA attempted to mail the DAMIS user name and 
password to operator staff with responsibility for submitting DAMIS 
reports. Based on the number of phone calls to PHMSA each year 
requesting this information, the mailing process has not been 
effective. Pipeline operators have been submitting reports required by 
Parts 191 and 195 through the PHMSA Portal (https://portal.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline) for the

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past few years. Each company with an Office of Pipeline Safety issued 
Operator Identification Number should employ staff with access to the 
PHMSA Portal.
    The user name and password required for an operator to access DAMIS 
and enter calendar year 2013 data will be available to all staff with 
access to the PHMSA Portal in late December 2013. When the DAMIS user 
name and password is available in the Portal, all registered users will 
receive an email to that effect. Operator staff with responsibility for 
submitting DAMIS reports should coordinate with registered Portal users 
to obtain the DAMIS user name and password. Registered Portal users for 
an operator typically include the U.S. Department of Transportation 
Compliance Officer and staff or consultants with responsibility for 
submitting annual and incident reports on PHMSA F 7000- and 7100- 
series forms.
    For operators that have failed to register staff in the PHMSA 
Portal for Part 191/195 reporting purposes, operator staff responsible 
for submitting DAMIS reports can register in the Portal by following 
the instructions at: http://opsweb.phmsa.dot.gov/portal_message/PHMSA_Portal_Registration.pdf.
    Pursuant to Sec. Sec.  199.119(a) and 199.229(a), operators with 50 
or more covered employees, including both operator and contractor 
staff, are required to submit DAMIS reports annually. Operators with 
less than 50 total covered employees are required to report only upon 
written request from PHMSA. If an operator submitted a calendar year 
2011 DAMIS report with fewer than 50 total covered employees, the PHMSA 
Portal message may state that no calendar year 2013 DAMIS report is 
required. Some of these operators may have grown to more than 50 
covered employees during calendar year 2013. The Portal message will 
include instructions for how these operators can obtain a calendar year 
2013 DAMIS user name and password.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5103, 60102, 60104, 60108, 60117, and 
60118; 49 CFR 1.53.

    Issued in Washington, DC on November 21, 2013.
Jeffrey D. Wiese,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2013-28384 Filed 11-26-13; 8:45 am]
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