As an update, the DOT has announced three “public listening sessions” as shown below. My strong recommendation is that you try to organize a presentation by someone at each of these- find several strong presenters who are willing to attend any of these sessions in DC, Chicago and LA. Not the same person – good if there is as many as will help. I’ve attached the federal register announcement with more details.
FMCSA and FRA announce three public listening sessions on May 12, 17, and 25, 2016, to solicit information on the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and of its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation. FMCSA and FRA (collectively “the Agencies”) also request information on potential costs and benefits from possible regulatory actions that address the safety risks associated with motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who have OSA. The listening sessions will provide interested parties an opportunity to share their views and any data or analysis on this topic with representatives of both Agencies. The Agencies will transcribe all comments and place the transcripts in the dockets referenced above for the Agencies’ consideration. The Agencies will webcast the entire proceedings of all three meetings.
The listening sessions will be held on:
- Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Washington, DC;
- Tuesday, May 17, in, Chicago, IL; and
- Wednesday, May 25, in Los Angeles, CA.
All sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., local time. If all interested parties have the opportunity to comment, the sessions may conclude early.
The May 12, 2016, listening session will be held at the National Association of Home Builders, 1201 15th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005.
The May 17, 2016, session will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North, 30 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
The final session will be held on May 25, 2016, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, 404 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.
In addition to attending the sessions in person, the Agencies offer several ways to provide comments, as described below.
Internet Address for Live Webcast. The Agencies will post specific information on how to participate via the Internet on the Agencies’ Web sites at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/calendar and www.fra.dot.gov/ in advance of the listening session. This Notice provides more information on the listening sessions below in Section II., Meeting Participation and Information the Agencies Seek from the Public.