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Issue 55 August, 2014 pdf
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  • The 9th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • Rise in the use of Marijuana by Safety-Sensitive Employees
  • Refusal Decision Makers
  • 2014 CCF Used as Paper or Electronic (eCCF)
  • Mid-Period Random Selections Not Allowed
  • FMCSA National Clearinghouse on Drug and Alcohol Program Violators-Proposed Rule
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing for Employees with Disabilities
  • Random Selection Draws for Very Small Employers
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • FTA Reasonable Suspicion Determination Cards are Available to Order
  • When Does A Drug or Alcohol Test Commence?
  • Retention of Annual Drug and Alcohol Management Information System (MIS) Reports
  • Updating Drug and Alcohol Policies-"Public Transportation" vs. "Mass Transportation"
  • Tasers and Stun Guns Are Not Considered a Firearm
  • FTA 5311 Tribal Transit Program
  • Previous DOT-Covered Employer Records - What Constitutes a Good Faith Effort?
Issue 54 April, 2014 pdf
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  • New Acting Director of Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance
  • Post-Accident – Definition of Operation of Vehicle Lifts/Doors on Light Rail
  • Oversight Responsibility
  • Refusals Recognized by FTA
  • Efforts to Improve Collection Process May Violate Rule
  • Testing Above the Federal Minimums
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Drug-Free Workplace Act—25th Anniversary
  • What Do You Have Hanging On Your Walls?
  • FTA Grantees Have Access to Contractor/Subrecipient Records
  • DAMIS Packages Mailed in December
  • Electronic CCFs Not Permitted
  • Ferry Boat Operators Must Submit MIS
Issue 53 January, 2014 pdf
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  • Alternate Selections in Random Testing
  • Alternative Methodologies for Drug Testing
  • Post-Accident: What is the "Best Information Available"?
  • ODAPC – Great Source of Information and Technical Assistance Materials
  • Is Your EBT Compromising Your Compliance?
  • Ninth Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol National Conference to be held in April 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Early Morning and Late Night Alcohol Tests – Part 2: How to Accomplish Them
  • Administrative vs. MRO-Produced Refusals
  • Dispatcher/Scheduler/Call-Taker: When Do You Consider Employees Safety-Sensitive?
  • Common Mistakes Found on Custody and Control Forms (CCF)
  • SAMHSA Releases Report on Energy Drinks
Issue 52 July, 2013 pdf
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  • New Acting Program Manager of FTA Drug and Alcohol Program
  • Keynote Speaker Swart Stresses DOT's Position on Medical Marijuana at National Conference
  • Early Morning and Late Night Alcohol Tests - PART 1: Why They Are Important
  • National Conference Attracts 500 Participants
  • Post-Accident Testing for Maintenance Personnel
  • MIS Late Letters Going Out
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • FTA Audits Only Performed by FTA
  • FTA Drug Testing Records-Security and Separation
  • Maintenance Contractors
  • Blood Alcohol Content Greater than or Equal to 0.02, but Less than 0.04 - Now What?
  • Reasonable Suspicion Must Be REASONABLE
  • Not All Evidential Breath Testing Devices Can Be Used For DOT Confirmation Tests
Issue 51   pdf
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  • Collection Sites May Be Visited by "Undercover" Inspectors
  • Immediate Means Immediate
  • National Focus on Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
  • When EBTs Fail to Print Confirmation Tests
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Transit Safety Institute (TSI) Training Schedule
  • Marijuana Class I Appeal Rejected By Federal Court, Still Dangerous With No Accepted Medical Use
  • Notification Forms: Accuracy is Key
  • Reviewing Collector Credentials?
  • How to Revise a Submitted Annual MIS Report
  • Post-Accident Flow Chart
  • Why File Management is Critical to Compliance
  • Providing Modal Authority for the CCF
  • FTA Supports Reasonable Suspicion Testing
  • Do Not Double Report MIS Testing Results
  • Best Practice: Provide Updated DER Information Before Each Collection
  • Employers: Save Copies of Your MIS Submissions for Your Records!
Issue 50   pdf
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  • Random Selections Needed Prior to Beginning of Testing Period
  • DAMIS Packages Mailed in December
  • Random Testing Rates for 2013
  • Transmission of "non-negative" results
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Transit Safety Institute (TSI) Training Schedule
  • When Is a Self-Referral Too Late?
  • Report Provides Disturbing Insight into Rx Misuse
  • Pass-Through Agencies May Not Be Required to Have Policy
  • How to Find a Qualified MRO and SAP
  • What Happens When You Have a Re-Collect Negative Dilute
  • Dissemination of Pre-Employment Positives
  • Are Employees of Armored Car Guards Performing a Safety-Sensitive Function?
  • 2011 Positive Rate Climbs to 0.85 Percent
  • Daylight Savings Time: Make Sure Clocks were Changed!
  • Federal Register Final Rule
Issue 49 Summer, 2012 pdf
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  • Popular EBTs Removed from Conforming Products List
  • The "Drug-Before-Alcohol" Problem in Testing
  • Reclassified Tests Should Be Reported
  • Ten Most Common Prescription Medications Used By Transit Employees
  • What to Do When Your Collection Site Is Unable or Unwilling to Do It Right
  • Cab Companies: Best Practices for Oversight
  • Reasonable Suspicion Testing: Impairment vs. Diagnosis
  • Weekend and Off-Hours Testing
  • Consistency Is Critical
  • U.S. DOT's Stance on Medical Marijuana
  • How to Update Your Contractor List for Annual MIS Reporting
Issue 48 Spring, 2012 pdf
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  • 90-Day Pre-Employment vs. Return-to-Duty
  • When is "No" a "Test Refusal"?
  • What Does It Mean to "Refuse a Urine Test?"
  • Sixty-Minute Training Lacking
  • New Ways Prohibited Drug Users Are Fooling Collectors
  • ODAPC Issues Strong Reminder of Regulatory Requirement
  • K2/Spice: Education is the Key
  • DOT Unveils Mock-Collection Video
  • Second Chance vs. Zero Tolerance
  • 7th Annual Conference Another Success!
  • Drug and Alcohol Training Schedule
  • Semi-Annual Statistical Summary from the Laboratory
  • Correcting your DAMIS Submission Until August
  • DTAB Recommendations Have No Immediate Impact on DOT Drug Testing Programs
  • When is a Vehicle in "Operation"? What is an "Accident"?
  • The Status of Drug and Alcohol Management Information System (DAMIS) 2011 Reporting
Issue 47 Winter, 2011 pdf
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  • 7th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in Miami
  • Five Practices Mistaken for Regulations
  • Automatic Sinks and Toilets Pose Challenge
  • DAMIS Annual Reports due March 15th
  • New Questions in the DAPM Questionnaire
  • MRO Must Maintain Originals of CCFs
  • Ensuring a Truly Random Testing Program
  • Random Testing for Small Transit Systems
  • Six Changes That Will Immediately Improve Your Drug and Alcohol Program
  • CHANTIX Use Poses Safety Risk for Transportation Professionals
  • Drug and Alcohol Training
  • Testing Following Self-Referral under Employer Authority
  • Specimen Collection Quality Assurance Procedures
Issue 46 Fall, 2011 pdf
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  • New CCF Must Be Used
  • 7th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • 2011 National Drug Control Strategy Released
  • MROs Must Follow Procedures to Report Test Results
  • Preparing for an Audit
  • Remember to Meet Record Retention Requirements
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx & OTC Medications - Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis
  • Technical Assistance
Issue 45 Summer, 2011 pdf
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  • Drug Testing Integrity Act of 2011 (HR 707)
  • 6th Annual Conference A Success
  • MIS Report Submissions Submitted On Time
  • Testing Authority Must be Indicated
  • Collector Training Found Lacking
  • FTA Issues 2011 Rx/OTC Medication Toolkit
  • Working Group Reviews FTA Rx/OTC Medication Study
  • Medicaid Contractors Not Covered by FTA
  • Indiana Requires Medical Qualification Program and Rx/OTC Medication Policy for All Section 5311 Transit Systems
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx & OTC Medications - Pill Mills
  • Technical Assistance
Issue 44 Winter, 2011 pdf
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  • Survey Data Shows Drug Use Increasing
  • 6th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • Random Test Rates Remain the Same for 2011
  • 6-AM Test Procedure Clarified
  • Correcting CCFs and ATFs
  • Discontinue Use of Old ATFs
  • MIS Reports due March 15, 2011
  • Ferryboat Operators Must Submit MIS Reports to FTA
  • Livingston Essential Transportation Service (L.E.T.S.) Emphasizes Safety in its Rx/OTC Medication Use Policy
  • MBTA Addresses Rx/OTC Medications as Part of Maintaining a Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx & OTC Medications - Synthetic Marijuana Incense or Drug
  • Technical Assistance
Issue 43 Fall, 2010 pdf
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  • New Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form
  • Conference Scheduled for April 5-7, 2011
  • MRO Requalification Training Requirements Clarified
  • Time to Use Old ATFs is Running Out
  • Employer Requirements Added to Part 40
  • Employers Should Include Ecstasy in Employee Training
  • Employers Should Review CCF for Accuracy
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Drug Interactions: Take Multiple Rx/OTC Medications with Caution
  • Technical Assistance Materials
Issue 42 Summer, 2010 pdf
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  • Proposed Rule Becomes Final
  • 6th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • Definitions Modified and Added
  • Pre-Employment Drug Test Should Occur Before Medical Exam
  • Date For New ATF Extended
  • IITFs Will Not Be Allowed
  • Random Test Results Remain Stable
  • Confusion Over Volunteers Clarified
  • Senate Bill Promises to Give FTA Civil Penalty Authority
  • Clandestine Collections Reveal Problems At Collection Sites
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings - Delaying Screen Test to Allow Mouth Alcohol to Dissipate Not Allowed
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Driving and Diabetes
  • Technical Assistance Materials
Issue 41 Spring, 2010 pdf
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  • DOT Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • DOT Makes Interim Regulatory Changes Final
  • 5th Annual Conference Best Yet!
  • Public Interest Exclusion Enforced
  • FTA Researches Impact of Benzodiazepines on Driving
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings - Training
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Muscle Relaxants-Use with Caution
  • Technical Assistance Materials
Issue 40 Fall, 2009 pdf
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  • Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference to be Held in March
  • Direct Observation for Return-to-Duty & Follow-up Testing Clarified
  • Medical Use of Marijuana Remains a Violation of DOT's Regulation
  • FTA Post-Accident Threshold Still Misunderstood
  • How to Update your List of Contractors for MIS Reporting
  • Random Survey of Accidents Underway
  • Majority of Transit Systems Have Rx/OTC Policy
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings - Previous Employer Record Requests
  • Rx and OTC Medications - Adderall Use Increasing Among Safety-Sensitive Employees
  • DOT Updates Technical Assistance Materials
Issue 39 Spring, 2009 pdf
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  • Court Rules - Direct Observation Rule Stands as Written
  • MRO Procedures Clarified
  • 4th Annual Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference Biggest Yet
  • ODAPC Names New Senior Policy Advisor
  • Random Selection Methods
  • Makers of "Whizzinator" Plead Guilty in Federal Court
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx and OTC Medications
  • DOT's 10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity Video
  • Free Training Available
Issue 38 Winter, 2009 pdf
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  • Direct Observation for Return-to-Duty and Follow-up Testing On Hold
  • Random Rates Remain Same for 2009
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in Nashville
  • 2008 MIS Reports
  • Swart Named Director of ODAPC
  • Rx/OTC Medication Research Underway-Transit Systems Requested to Complete Questionnaire
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx and OTC Medications
  • DOT's Direct Observation Procedures Available Online
  • Forty HHS Certified Labs Remain
Issue 37 Summer, 2008 pdf
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  • Final Rule Makes Validity Testing Mandatory
  • Required and Recommended Policy Modifications
  • 42 HHS Certified Labs Conduct Validity Testing
  • Specimen Collectors Have Increased Responsibility
  • Additional Instructions for MROs
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Prescription Sedatives and Tranquilizers
  • Prescription Pain Relievers
Issue 36 Spring, 2008 pdf
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  • IFR Authorizes Release of Information When Required by State Law
  • MIS Report Late Notices Out Soon
  • Conference Presentations Available
  • Pre-employment Test Refusals Clarified for Collectors
  • Fluids Must be Monitored During Waiting Period
  • Detailed Test Result Data Available
  • Detailed Drug and Alcohol Test Results (2005)
  • QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Rx/OTC Use and the Older Transit Driver
  • Chantix: A Safety Risk
  • Revised Best Practices Manual Available
Issue 35 Winter, 2008 pdf
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  • Register Now for the 3rd Annual FTA D&A Program National Conference
  • Random Testing Rates Remain the Same for 2008
  • MIS Reporting Process Unchanged
  • Collection Site Scrutiny Continues
  • List of EBTs Expanded
  • Meth Labs - Know What to Look For
  • Questions & Answers
  • Common Audit Findings
  • Abuse of Cough and Cold Medicine Increasing
  • Kibbles & Bits?
  • Transportation Safety Institute Course Offerings
  • ODAPC Employer Page
Issue 34 Fall, 2007 pdf
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  • Collection Site Security and Integrity Focus of Attention
  • 3rd Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol National Conference Announced
  • 2007 National Drug-Free Work Week
  • On-Call Employee Pre-Duty Alcohol Use
  • TSI Expands Course Offerings, Includes Reasonable Suspicion Seminar
  • Transit Positive Drug Test Results Lower Than U.S. Workforce
  • Florida Training Video Available
  • Same Standards Apply for Taxi and Paratransit Providers
  • "Ancillary Vehicles" Defined for Post-Accident Testing
  • Sources of SAP Training and Examination Increase
  • Employers Have Final Word on Test Refusals
  • Physicians Need Additional Training to Assess Driver Impairment
  • Guide to Assessing Driver Ability
Issue 33 Winter, 2007 pdf
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  • Random Testing Rate for Drugs Lowered to 25%
  • 2nd Annual FTA Drug & Alcohol National Conference Announced
  • Post-Accident Threshold Cards Available
  • New EBTs Added to List
  • Pre-employment Test Refusal Clarified
  • List of Qualified SAPs Expanded
  • MIS On-Line Reporting Clarification
  • 2007 FTA Substance Abuse Seminars and TSI Course Offerings
  • Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Medications
Issue 32 Spring, 2006 pdf
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  • Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference is Success
  • Sources of Qualified SAPs
  • NPRM Proposes Elimination of Duplicative Testing Requirement
  • NPRM Proposes Codification of Coast Guard Rule Applicability
  • Docket Comment Procedure
  • New Freedom and JARC Guidance Coming Soon
  • Information on Recidivism Still Being Gathered
  • Rx/OTC in Top Ten List of Associated Factors in Truck Accidents
  • Sources of Information on Rx/OTC
Issue 31 Winter, 2006 pdf
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  • Random Rates Remain the Same
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
  • Specimen Validity Requirement Topic of NPRM
  • MIS Reporting Process Same as Last Year
  • Transit Police, Homeland Security and Testing
  • FTA Seeking Info on Recidivism
  • Cold Season Has Safety Consequences
  • Time to Empty Your Medicine Chest
Issue 30 Fall, 2005 pdf
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  • FTA Drug & Alcohol Program National Conference Announced
  • 2002 Annual Report Published
  • Internet Reporting a Success
  • GAO Addresses Drug Test Defraud Issue
  • Validity Testing Permitted, Not Required
  • FTA/ODAPC Provides Assistance
  • Substance Abuse Seminars to be Scheduled
  • Previous DOT Test Record Request Clarified
  • CCF/ATF Errors Cause Compliance Problems
  • Consumer Alert on Breath Testing Devices
  • SAP Compliance is Transit System's Responsibility
  • Subcontractor Exemption Applies Only to Maintenance
  • Common Audit Findings -Old and New
  • Policy on Negative Dilute Must Be Stated
  • Dietary Supplements -Are They Safe?
Issue 29 Winter, 2005 pdf
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  • MIS Reports Due March 15
  • Random Rates Unchanged
  • Electronic Edition of Newsletter
  • Specimen Validity Testing
  • TSI Offers Training
  • Oversight Remains Responsibility of Grantee
  • Common Collection Mistakes Should be Avoided
  • ODAPC 411
  • Amphetamines Impair Driving
Issue 28 Summer, 2004 pdf
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  • New FTA Drug and Alcohol Program Manager
  • Director of Transit Safety and Security Named
  • Newsletter Goes Electronic
  • 2005 Substance Abuse Seminars Announced
  • Continuing Ed/Refresher Training Due for Some
  • Awaiting DHHS' Alternative Testing Final Rule
  • SAP Compliance Problematic for Zero Tolerance Systems
  • Social Security Number on CCF
  • DOT Validity Test NPRM Expected Soon
  • Employees Covered by More Than One Mode
  • New Releases of Drug Test Results?
  • MRO Procedure Clarified -Adulterant/Split Specimen Testing
  • Model Transit Rx/OTC Approach
Issue 27 Spring, 2004 pdf
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  • ODAPC Director Appointed
  • Contact Us About Future Editions
  • DHHS Establishes Validity Test Standards
  • DOT Encourages Comments on DHHS' Alternative Testing NPRM
  • MRO Continuing Ed Deadline Nears
  • List of Certified Labs Continues to Shrink
  • Prescription Drugs: Benefits and Risks
Issue 26 Winter, 2004 pdf
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  • Key Policy Makers on the Move
  • Newsletter to Go Electronic
  • Random Testing Raters Remain the Same
  • Calculating the Number of Random Tests
  • MTS Forms Due March 15
  • SAMSHA Considering Alternative Testing
  • Wait Between Alcohol Test Clarified
  • Special Events Contractors Clarified
  • End of Shift Testing
Issue 25 Summer, 2003 pdf
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  • HIPAA and DOT Rules Don't Conflict
  • New Validity Test Standard Announced
  • Lift Accidents May Require Tests
  • Rx/OTC Toolkit Available
  • Effective Oversight Need not be Costly
  • Work Place Drug Use Lowest in 14 Years
  • Documenting Rx/OTC Involvement in Accidents
Issue 24 Spring, 2003 pdf
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  • Drug & Alcohol Discussion Forum Announced
  • Drug & Alcohol Audit Questions Revised
  • Hosts Needed for Substance Abuse Seminars
  • FTA Drug & Alcohol Program -Topic at CTAA
  • MIS Reports Must be Maintained in Files
  • Split Specimen Collection Form
  • Alternative Testing Methods Not Approved for DOT Use
  • Coast Guard Still Follows DOT Testing Procedures
  • Service Agent Update -Agencies Offer SAP Exams
  • US Supreme Court to Hear ADA/Drug Rehab Case
  • Ohio Supreme Court Prohibits Testing Injured Workers
  • List of States Prohibiting Adulterants Expands
  • Rx/OTC Medications -Employer Rx/OTC Policy Guidance
Issue 23 Fall, 2002 pdf
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  • Evaluation Concludes Benefits Out Weigh Cost
  • 2003 Random Testing Rates Remain the Same
  • FTA Resource Materials Available
  • Service Agent Deadlines Near
  • One DOT MIS Form Proposed
  • 2002 MIS Reporting Process Unchanged
  • Over-the-Counter Medications- Are They Safe?
Issue 22 Summer, 2002 pdf
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  • Revised Implementation Guidelines Available
  • Rx/OTC- New Newsletter Feature
  • DOT Provides Sample Release of Information Form
  • FTA Funded Ferry Boat Operators Coverage Clarified
  • Testing at End of Shift
  • "Release of Info Form -49 CFR Part 40 Drug & Alcohol Testing"
  • FTA Announces Seminar Schedule
  • FTA Produces Rx/OTC Toolkit -Available in fall
  • Safety-sensitive Employee Guidelines for Use of Rx & OTCs
Issue 21 Spring, 2002 pdf
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  • "Best Practices" Out in spring
  • Hosts Needed for Part 655 Briefings
  • Audit Process Resumes
  • Re-Audits Underway
  • SC Supreme Court Prohibits Sale of Urine
  • HEMP Product Controversy Continues
  • Alcohol Found in Unsuspecting Places
  • Information Release Required
  • National Database of Rule Violators not Practical
Issue 20 Winter, 2002 pdf
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  • Keep Focused on Safety
  • Part 655 Briefings Offered
  • 2002 Random Rates Established
  • Systems Selected to Submit MIS Reports
  • Use of New Forms Required
  • Role of the "DER" Clarified
  • Test Result Summary & Corresponding Employer Action
Issue 19 Summer, 2001 pdf
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  • Part 655 is Final!!
  • DOT Publishes Part of Technical Amendments
  • Part 655 Summarized
  • FTA Offers Training on Part 655
  • Flight Attendant Awarded $$$ in Drug Test Case
  • Supreme Court Decides Medical Use of Marijuana Case
  • New DOT Collection and SAP Guidelines
  • Part 40 Technical Amendments
  • Designated Employer Representative Defined
  • Arbitrators Prohibited from Substitution Judgment for MROs
  • Test Refusals Definition Expanded
Issue 18 Spring, 2001 pdf
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