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Help Needed: Art Contest Extended through March 15, 2013

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CVTA has received this announcement from Nichole Causey of FMCSA on Feb. 28, 2013.

Dear Partners,

I am writing to you to announce that the 2013 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Art Contest will be extended to March 15, 2013. To date we have received 4 entries. We really need at least two dozen to have enough for a competitive contest and to create the Annual Calendar that is such an effective tool for spreading the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Message.

Many of you have been busy promoting the contest on your Web sites and through social media. I thank you for your efforts. Now we need to take the next step and bring the contest home. I am including the Partner Resources again, maybe there’s a tool in there you haven’t used yet, or something new you can try.

With over thirty partners there are at least 500,000 people in the CMV Partnership network. We need to leverage this and reach out to parents, grandparents, teachers and others who have little budding artists in their lives.

On a personal note, I encourage you to consider sponsoring a child yourself. We too are eligible to sponsor the children in our lives. Let’s not miss an opportunity so close to home.

Your support is critical to the success of this contest. Please think of how you can contribute in the next two weeks.



Nichole Causey
Marketing Specialist
Outreach & Education
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE (W63-434)
Washington, DC 20590
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AAMVA Publishes CDLIS and ACD Manual

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AAMVA Publishes CDLIS Documentation in Support of Release 5.3

As of February 22, 2013, the following documentation reflecting new CDLIS requirements is available for download from the AAMVA website at
• CDLIS Specifications (Release 5.3.1) - 5.3 excluding permit rule requirements
• CDLIS Specifications (Release 5.3.2) - 5.3 including permit rule requirements
• CDLIS State Procedures Manual (Release 5.3.2)  
This documentation includes provisions from the final permit rule (Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards), changes to medical certification requirements and additional changes / clarifications vetted by the CDLIS Working Group.  Additional details can be found in each associated change control document.
AAMVA will be scheduling webinars in the near future to assist with all aspects of Release 5.3, including;
• An overview of documentation content and updates,
• Assistance with understanding changes in requirements and potential impact state-side,
• Implementation options and associated time-lines, and
• Questions related to structure testing requirements.
For further information, please contact the AAMVA Help Desk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AAMVA Publishes Revised ACD Manual (Release 5.0.0)

As of February 22, 2013, the following documentation reflecting updates to the ACD Manual is available for download from the AAMVA website at  
• AAMVA Code Dictionary (ACD) Manual (Release 5.0.0)
• Implementation Planning Guide (Release 5.0.0)
This documentation includes ACD changes approved by the ACD Working Group that will become effective on September 1, 2013.  Updates include the addition of several new codes, plus clarifications and corrections to existing information.
AAMVA will be scheduling webinars in the near future to assist with the new ACD release.  For further information, please contact the AAMVA Help Desk at
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Lautenberg Won't Seek Re-Election in 2014

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a longtime advocate of transportation safety and infrastructure, will not seek reelection in 2014, he announced Thursday.

Lautenberg has continuously pushed to improve trucking safety, including a proposal enacted last year to mandate electronic logging devices to track drivers' hours of service on all trucks.

He has also pushed against increasing truck size and weight regulations and advocated for more laws to crack down on drunk driving.

Lautenberg, who leads the subcommittee responsible for surface transportation within the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, has focused much of his work since his 1982 election on improving passenger rail service and infrastructure.

"While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I'm going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate," he said in a statement.


Job Fair to Highlight Need for Transportation Workers

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Transportation, one of Nebraska's fastest-growing industries, needs workers, and labor and trucking officials are encouraging people who are unemployed or underemployed to consider applying for those jobs.

Anyone interested in jobs related to the movement of people and products by road, rail, air and water is encouraged to attend a job expo Tuesday at Metropolitan Community College's south campus that will feature about 35 transportation companies.
“We're doing industry-specific job fairs because what we're trying to do is show people where there are jobs and where there's a need. In this transportation, distribution and logistics area, they're doing lots of hiring — and all kinds,” said Deb Christensen, a business service representative for the Nebraska Department of Labor, which is sponsoring the event with the Nebraska Trucking Association.

The challenge will be matching skills with jobs, trucking industry people say.

Among those hiring is Brad Morehouse, vice president of W.N. Morehouse Truck Line. The Omaha company currently has 118 drivers and is looking to fill about five positions. Morehouse said the company could add up to 30 additional trucks to its fleet because it has the freight and customer volume, but he knows he couldn't find enough drivers.

“We get stacks and stacks of applications. We just can't get them qualified for numerous reasons,” he said. “Sometimes it's our own company policy, while the other half would be regulations — government regulations, physical regulations. There's so many and it's definitely gotten more challenging.”

Another issue is that because the state requires drivers be at least 21 years old before they can drive a truck across state lines, high school graduates who choose to not go to college select a different trade to pursue. They become electricians, plumbers and framers.

“There's different options,” he said, “but we're not one of the options.”

Generally, trucking companies require that driver applicants have a commercial driver's license, some over-the-road driving experience and a good driving record and work history. Other companies offer on-the-job training opportunities.

Christensen said insurance companies have a lot of influence on driver requirements. They want experienced, safe drivers because of the injury they can cause on the road and the high cost of the trucks.

Nationally, about 90 percent of for-hire truckload carriers say they can't find enough drivers who meet U.S. Department of Transportation requirements, according to a study last year by the American Trucking Associations. The group estimates the industry is short 20,000 to 25,000 drivers now and says the driver shortage could balloon to 239,000 by 2022.

The driver shortage could lead to delayed shipping of products and shortages of products for the consumers to purchase. Long term, the shortage of transportation workers could be felt in consumers' pocketbooks in the form of higher prices at the meat counter or retail stores, said Larry Johnson, president of the Nebraska Trucking Association.

The American Trucking Associations has said the bulk of the shortage is in long-haul, over-the-road jobs.

While drivers and diesel mechanics are the most immediate need, the Tuesday event is geared toward any position in transportation, like the planning, management and distribution processes. Those jobs can include warehouse workers, dispatchers and office managers.

The event isn't just for people new to transportation, but also for students who are choosing a career and for workers looking to re-enter the field and move up.

“We want people to see there's room for them to move up in the industry,” Christensen said. “With their knowledge, they can do a lot to help the industry.”

In 2010, the transportation and warehousing industry employed 49,578 in the state, according to projections by the Nebraska Department of Labor, and the department projects it will grow 17.6 percent by 2020. That puts it behind only three other categories: mining (18 percent), construction (22.5 percent) and administration/waste management services (18.8 percent).

Each transportation and warehousing subcategory shows strong growth the next 10 years: air transportation at 13.7 percent, rail transportation at 15.5 percent and truck transportation at 21.6 percent. The support activities for transportation subcategory, which is generally logistics, is projected to grow 16.8 percent.

Truck driving in particular has been designated as a “hot job” by the state because there are more openings than applicants, Christensen said.

The driver shortage remains a challenge for Sarpy-based Werner Enterprises, one of the largest trucking firms in the nation. In its fourth quarter of 2012 earnings report, Werner pointed to driver pay increases by competitors, fewer and increased competition for truck driving school graduates and an improved housing construction market as factors.

Werner's executive vice president-driver resources, Bob Synowicki, said it's difficult to quantify the number of people transportation has lost to construction, but the company has noticed the trend increase the past several months.

That's despite its truck-driving pay — starting at about $40,000 annually and reaching more than $60,000 annually.

The draw of construction jobs, Synowicki said, is that they allow for workers to get home every night.

He said Werner's driver retention rates improved some during the fourth quarter, noting that about 70 percent of its driving jobs are shorter-haul, regional fleet operations that allow drivers to get home weekly or sooner.

Johnson said there have been pushes by companies to ensure workers are getting home regularly and partnerships by community colleges and the Nebraska Departments of Education, Economic Development and Labor to help steer applicants toward the industry.

But he thinks it'll take more than that for workers to realize the opportunities.

“The big national problem is kind of a systemic result, maybe because of an emphasis on (higher) education over the last 20 years,” he said. “What we're seeing in the economy is that it's going to take some time to change people's minds — not only the workers, but the young workers, parents and high school counselors.”

The positive side is that the expos seem to help. Last year, Johnson said, similar expos specifically for truck drivers and diesel mechanics drew big turnouts, and companies, the underemployed and unemployed made connections.

“We hope that people will enter by choice, not chance,” he said.



Webster, Chamberlain and Bean to Assist CVTA with Legislative and Legal Issues

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Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP is the leading law firm in the United States specializing in the provision of a full range of legal services to non-profit organizations. Since 1970, WC&B has provided comprehensive legal services to a broad range of trade associations, professional societies, public charities, private foundations, scientific organizations, churches, clubs, schools and civic groups, lobbying groups, and political committees and candidates.

WC&B also assists individuals and businesses of all sizes on business transactions and other legal matters. In providing legal and counseling services, the attorneys of WC&B seek to combine their legal experience with solid business judgment gained from over four decades of service. Our clients appreciate this approach, as well as our ability to effectively address their needs by involving attorneys with complementary areas of expertise.

Our main point of contact will be David Goch. David is currently working with the Board of Directors to seek information on prioritizing the important issues for CVTA. David will then put together a plan of action with the Board of Directors. The results will be highlighted in a presentation at the 2013 Spring Conference. We are also delighted to welcome John Hazard, who will be working with us on legal issues and clarifications.

If you have any issues you would like CVTA to address, please contact Cindy Atwood at the CVTA office 703-642-944 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you for your continued support.

All the Best
Cheryl Hanley


Affordable Care Act

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Under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in January 2014, employees who work at least a 30-hour work week must receive health benefits from their employers. And the IRS has indicated that colleges must ''use a reasonable method for crediting hours of service,'' noting that it would not be reasonable to include ''only classroom or instruction time and not other hours that are necessary to perform the employee's duties, such as class preparation time.'' The proposed rules don't provide a definitive formula for calculating instructor workload, but ''further guidance may be provided,'' according to the announcement.

The agency is collecting comments on the proposal through March 18.


House Education and Workforce Committee News

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Chairman John Kline (R-MN) of the House Education and Workforce Committee spoke last week about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Chairman Kline helped usher a Republican-backed bill through committee last year that would have consolidated 27 of the job training programs contained in WIA into a block grant. The proposal was never taken up by the full House, but it will likely be reintroduced as is and move through the committee swiftly despite Democratic opposition.