The DOT’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an Audit Report finding that PHMSA’s oversight of state pipeline safety programs is not sufficient to ensure that states comply with program evaluation requirements and properly use suspension grant funds. The audit, prompted by NTSB’s investigation of the September 2010 San Bruno, CA tragedy, assessed PHMSA’s policies, procedures and oversight activities applicable to states certified under PHMSA’s Natural Gas Program.
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On June 18, 2012, the OIG issued an audit report criticizing PHMSA’s oversight of hazardous liquid operator integrity management programs.  In particular, OIG identified various challenges impacting the Agency’s oversight including: (1) a growing backlog of IM inspections, (2) weaknesses in field inspections and accident investigations, (3) the transition to a new risk-based inspection program