RAILROADS (RITA – U.S. DOT’S INTERNAL “THINK TANK”) / U.S. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced that it is studying “close calls” in the railroad industry. Rail safety researchers at RITA will receive reports and interview on the occasion of each qualifying “close call” incident.

“Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Confidential Close Call Reporting System.”

July 24, 2013. Notice.

A “close call” is defined for this notice as: Continue reading

AVIATION (U.S. DOT RITA) / Information Gathering – U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (mostly “think tank” type high level analysis at U.S. DOT Volpe Center in Cambridge Massachusetts and elsewhere) is studying whether or not Federal Aviation Regulation (14 C.F.R. Part 249 / “Preservation of Air Carrier Records”) requirements for preservation of records are sufficient to regulate the safety of airlines, public charters and military charters.

“Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Preservation of Air carrier Records”April 30, 2013. Notice.

Note well: This is not about a new rule – though it could lead to a new rule depending upon what U.S. DOT RITA concludes from its information review. The point here is that the “think tank” and research function of U.S. DOT is “having a think” about the adequacy of current regulations on retention of specified records by airlines, public charters and military charters.