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Professional Truck Driver Institute Honors Terry Burnett with Lee J. Crittenden Memorial Award

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Organization’s highest honor goes to long-time proponent of finding and training
the professional truck drivers of tomorrow

Grapevine, Texas -- The Professional Truck Driver Institute, Inc. (PTDI) is pleased to announce that it has selected Terry Burnett, CIC, CRM, president of Burnett Insurance Corporation of Little Rock, Arkansas, and chairman of PTDI since 2008, as the 2014 recipient of the Lee J. Crittenden Memorial Award. The award was bestowed March 25, 2014, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, during the annual convention of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the organization that manages PTDI.


Subcommittee Will Hold Surface Transportation Reauthorization Roundtable

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For Immediate Release: February 21, 2014
Contact: Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446

Washington, DC - The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a roundtable policy discussion on Wednesday with representatives of the transportation community in preparation for the development of a surface transportation reauthorization bill.

The federal surface transportation programs were most recently reauthorized in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which was enacted on July 6, 2012.  MAP-21 expires in September, and Wednesday’s roundtable is part of the Committee’s process for developing the next bill.

The roundtable is open to the public, and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.  The roundtable will not be webcast.

In addition to Subcommittee Members, roundtable participants will include:

·  The Honorable Bill Graves, President and CEO, American Trucking Associations

·  Mr. Greg Cohen, President and CEO, American Highway User Alliance

·  Mr. James Corless, Campaign Director, Transportation for America

·  Mr. Bill Hughes, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Retail Industry Leaders Association

·  Ms. Janet Kavinoky, Director, Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

·  Mr. Pat Loftus, Chairman Emeritus, National Steel Bridge Alliance

·  Mr. Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, National Association of Manufacturers

·  Mr. Edward Wytkind, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO


DoD MOU: Title IV Participation Requirement

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A notice from Dawn Bilodeau, Chief, DoD Voluntary Education

Your participation in the Department of Defense’s Voluntary Education Programs provides valuable educational opportunities to our Service members in direct support of their professional and personal development.  We applaud your efforts and look forward to a continued partnership in support of new Voluntary Education Program policies and objectives.

We anticipate issuance of the final rule and change 2 to DoDI 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs, in the coming months.   As you are aware, this issuance includes several new requirements in support of the President's Executive Order 13607, "Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Servicing Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members", signed April 27, 2012 (available at  In conjunction with the new issuance, ALL participating educational institutions will be required to sign the new DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The sign-by date has not yet been established but will be no sooner than 60 days following the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. 

This notice focuses on clarifying the proposed Title IV participation requirement in order to jump-start your preparations.  The new issuance requires educational institutions to be certified to participate in federal student aid programs through Department of Education (ED) under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  Title IV certification may be provisional so long as the educational institution maintains eligibility to participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program.

As an educational institution with a current DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU, you will have 18 months following the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register to successfully meet the Title IV requirement.  During this time, you will be allowed to continue participating in the Tuition Assistance program, enrolling new and current students as long as you are actively pursuing Title IV eligibility.

If you are not currently certified to participate in federal financial aid programs, the first step toward meeting the Title IV requirement is issuance of an official OPE ID number by ED.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Only educational institutions with an OPE ID number issued by ED will be able to initiate an application for the new DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU.  Your institution can apply for an OPE ID following the guidelines outlined at     

Your institution can request and be issued an OPE ID within a few weeks.  Issuance of an OPE ID number; however, does not make an educational institution Title IV eligible or meet the new requirement for Title IV participation….it is only the first step.  Your institution will still need to complete and submit the electronic application and all supporting materials in accordance with ED guidance.  Because we understand the application and approval process may take from 2 – 12 months, depending on the preparedness of the educational institution to meet Title IV requirements, we are providing the previously discussed 18 month window to become compliant. 

To learn more about applying for an OPE ID and Approval to Participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, visit:  If you have questions on the application process, please contact ED directly for assistance.

Note: 1. This notice and instructions on how to apply for an OPE ID will be posted in the DoD MOU Resources section at

2. This email was sent to all institution Primary and Secondary POCs along with the Signing Authority.   


Dawn Bilodeau

Chief, DoD Voluntary Education

Military Community & Family Policy


ATRI Research Examines Safety Impacts of Driver Simulator Training

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Arlington, VA – A new research white paper examining safety impacts of simulator training for truck drivers was released today by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).  The report, Safety Impacts of Truck Driver Simulator Training, investigated the effectiveness of using customized truck driving simulators to target specific driving behaviors that have been associated with increased crash risk.

This study incorporated driving behaviors previously identified in ATRI’s Predicting Truck Crash Involvement report.  The study developed a series of “targeted” training scenarios for use in driving simulators.  ATRI then partnered with motor carriers to collect driver safety and training data for drivers trained on both general and ATRI-customized scenarios.  Finally, the safety performance differences between drivers were analyzed at 6- and 12-months post-training based on the type of simulator training received.

The initial results at 6-months post-training suggested that drivers who received the targeted simulator training had fewer safety incidents over time, but those effects dissipated at the 12-month mark.  While driver turn-over may play a role in the declining significance, the white paper suggests that carriers examine the frequency of sustainment training for drivers.

Truck driving simulators provide carriers with the ability to offer a wide variety of training exercises to drivers from the safety and convenience of a classroom.  By focusing training efforts on correcting behaviors that have a known correlation to crash risk, carriers can take a proactive step towards preventing future crashes.

A copy of this report is available from ATRI by clicking here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.


GI Bill Comparison Tool

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by Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420

What’s the first thing you do when shopping for a big ticket item? You might shop around, ask friends and relatives for their opinion or compare items online. In today’s world of instant online access to a wealth of consumer information – from online reviews to info graphics comparing products, product websites and online shopping sites – consumers are used to finding and comparing information online before they buy.

Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool, you can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries.  Before this tool launched, estimating how much beneficiaries may receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit was challenging. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click.

In addition, you can find and compare information on our 10,000+ approved education and training programs, including estimated tuition and fee amounts and your projected housing allowance. Also available are each school’s graduation rate, student loan default rate and Yellow Ribbon participation. Together, the GI Bill benefit estimator and school comparison information enable students to compare education options and make the best decision for their future.  In the future, VA will add additional functionality to the tool, including the ability to compare up to three schools side-by-side.


Deadline Extended to March 15, 2014 - "Be Ready. Be Buckled." Art Contest.

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Please remind your employees and members CRAYONS CAN SAVE LIVES, TOO! There is still time for their children, neighbors, and friends to participate in the annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Kids’ Art Contest. They can also sponsor a classroom or school. The contest runs through March 15, 2014.  

As a collaboration between FMCSA and the CMV Safety Belt Partnership, the art contest is for children in grades K - 6 (ages 5-12) with relatives in the truck and bus industries (or more simply…you). The contest focuses on urging truck, bus and all drivers to buckle up to save lives and reduce injuries.

Winning contestants will be invited to visit Washington, DC, with their parents on Monday, May 5, to participate in recognition activities at USDOT Headquarters and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Two grand prize winners, one from grades K-2 and one from grades 3- 6, will be presented with framed replicas of their artwork, a certificate of appreciation signed by Secretary Foxx and Administrator Ferro, and a monetary award courtesy of some of the CMV Safety Belt Partners. Ten artists receiving an Honorable Mention will also be featured in the 2014 CMV Safety Belt Planner along with the two grand prize winners and presented with a certificate of appreciation.

Encourage kids to get creative as they remind truck and bus drivers to buckle up!

Participant Brochure | Sponsor Form

For more information about the contest, visit


New Research Shows FMCSA Safety Measurement System is an Improvement for Identifying At-Risk Companies

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A new study confirms that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced. Researchers analyzed the association between historical carrier data and future crash involvement by taking two years of pre-SMS safety data for a subset of carriers, running it through the system’s algorithm, and then following those companies’ crash records for eighteen months. Results show that the companies the SMS would have identified for interventions, such as roadside inspections, warning letters and on-site investigations, had a future crash rate of more than double the national average. In addition, 79 percent of the carriers that SMS would have ranked as high risk in at least one of the seven safety categories it monitors, had higher future crash rates compared to those it would not have identified. SMS is a component of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, which was launched in 2010 to identify and prioritize motor carriers that pose the highest threat to public safety for enforcement interventions. The study was conducted by the Volpe Center and peer-reviewed by independent experts.


The full report is available at