Tuesday, February 24, 2009
FMCSA has broadened the capabilities of the FMCSA Portal, adding single sign- access to an additional six safety systems via a single password and user ID. Effective February 9, the Portal will provide single sign-on access to:
- Query Central
- Analysis and Information (A&I) Online
- Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER)
- Hazardous Materials Package Inspection Program (HMPIP)
- National Consumer Complaint Database (NCCDB)
The FMCSA Portal already provides single sign-on access to:
- Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS)
- Enforcement Management Information System (EMIS)
- Licensing and Insurance (L&I)
Another new feature added to the Portal is a Quick Links portlet that allows users to add, delete, and edit the links available on their Portal homepage. Updated online training is available via the Portal homepage and the account request form.
The expanded access to safety data will allow FMCSA and State enforcement personnel to make better decisions, identify high- carriers and drivers more effectively, and apply a wider range of interventions to correct high-risk behavior sooner. Enforcement personnel will be able to quickly access crucial safety data in the six additional systems during roadside inspections or from other remote locations, using just one set of user credentials. Access to the Portal and these systems is via the Internet and does not require the use of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) or User Authentication System (UAS).
The improved access to information will help carriers operate more safely and efficiently. Besides gaining single sign- access to A&I and the NCCDB, company users will also be able to access public functionality in L&I, SAFER, Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN), and the National Hazardous Material Route Registry (NHMRR). Both company and enforcement users will also gain access to the "Protect Your Move" and "Share the Road Safely" Web sites.
Launched in September 2007, the FMCSA Portal is the first phase of the COMPASS business and information technology (IT) modernization program. More than 4,000 FMCSA and state enforcement and company users are now registered for the Portal. Over time, the Portal will provide access to all FMCSA safety systems. Rolling out new technology in phases rather than all at once is a standard process for executing a complex business transformation. Feedback will be solicited throughout the process to ensure that users' needs are met.