DOT MIS Report: Consortium & Members

For drug and alcohol testing, a company can join a consortium so their employee pool is combined with the other consortium members for random selection.  The random selection picks names from a list comprised of all active employees across all the members’ rosters.  Every member company is in DOT compliance simply by participating in the random selections, regardless if anyone from their company is picked.

The DOT specifies annual targets for the number of random drug and alcohol tests that must be conducted.  For example, FMCSA requires 50% of the pool submits a urine sample for substance testing, and 10% of the pool submits to a breath alcohol test.  If these targets are met, the consortium is considered in compliance for random testing, which means every member company is in compliance regardless the number of random tests their company contributes to the overall numbers.  The annual percentages are based on the average number of participants across all randoms conducted for the year.  DrugTestNetwork’s data management application for drug and alcohol testing keeps a complete audit trail of the participant list for every random selection conducted.  When an audit is conducted, you will often be asked to produce a list of participants for each random.

You can generate the DOT MIS Report for the entire consortium and for each individual member accounts.  Typically, the TPA provides the MIS Report for each member’s testing and not for the entire consortium.  If audited, the DOT Auditor may ask the TPA for the MIS Report for the entire consortium. Companies with 50 or more drivers are required to submit the report to the DOT.  Companies with fewer are not required unless requested.  Check the DOT for these requirements as the details may change.

Consortium DOT MIS Report: To generate the MIS for the consortium, from any the main application pages, click the Consortia menu and then click the report icon  on the line that represents the consortium.

Individual Member DOT MIS Report: To generate the MIS for an individual company that is a member of the consortium, search for the company and click its report icon .

From the report module, choose the months to be covered in the report. For example, if you want just the first quarter, pick January and March, or for a full year report, pick January and December.  Below months,  indicate the year the report covers, and scroll down the page and click the option: DOT MIS Report.

DOT MIS Modes and Categories

Software applications for drug and alcohol testing data management must maintain exhaustive data audits of DOT (Department of Transportation) employee Modes and Categories when random selections are generated in order to address the requirements of DOT MIS reporting as per CFR-49 of the Federal Guidelines for random drug and alcohol testing.

DrugTestNetwork, the web-based software application, and RandomWare desktop software ( both automatically generate a DOT MIS Report for every Mode/Category represented by all employees tested.  The number of employees represented in each category is defined by the average number of employees included in each random selection conducted for the pool.  To calculate those averages, each of the software applications review the audit trails for all the random selections conducted for the period requested for the report.

Below is the list of covered-employee categories for the DOT Modes of Transportation [FMCSA, FAA, PHMSA, FRA, USCG, and FTA] reported for random testing of drugs and alcohol (all other “reasons for testing” are covered in the DOT MIS Report as well):

  • FMCSA (one category):
    • Driver
  • FAA (eight categories):
    • Flight Crew-member
    • Flight Attendant
    • Flight Instructor
    • Aircraft Dispatcher
    • Aircraft Maintenance
    • Ground Security Coordinator
    • Aviation Screener
    • Air Traffic Controller
  • PHMSA (one category):
    • Operation/Maintenance/Emergency Response
  • FRA (five categories):
    • Engine Service
    • Train Service
    • Dispatcher/Operation
    • Signal Service
    • Other: Includes
      •  yardmasters
      • hostlers (non-engineer craft)
      • bridge tenders
      • switch tenders
      • other miscellaneous employees performing 49 CFR 228.5 (c) defined covered service.
  • USCG (one category):
    • Crew-member
  • FTA (five categories):
    • Revenue Vehicle Operation
    • RevenueVehicle and EquipmentMaintenance
    • Revenue Vehicle Control/Dispatch
    • CDL/Non-Revenue Vehicle
    • Armed Security Personnel

DOT MIS Report

DrugTestNetwork produces the DOT MIS report with ease and has an analytical reporting tool to clarify any potential problems regarding the reporting accuracy of test results for a client.

Only Drug and Alcohol Tests for specific reasons for testing and specific overall qualitative results are counted for the DOT MIS report.  Only test results recorded with be below listed Reasons for Testing are counted:

  • Pre-Employment
  • Random Selection
  • Post Accident
  • Reasonable Suspicion
  • Reasonable Cause
  • Return to Duty
  • Follow-Up Testing

If a test result is recorded with ANY OTHER reason for testing, it is NOT counted in the reported tests for the DOT MIS Report.

Test Result Codes: Only the Overall Qualitative Test Results listed below are counted in the DOT MIS Report:

  • Negative
  • Positive
  • Cancelled
  • Shy-Bladder (No Medical Explanation)
  • Shy-Lung (Breath-Alcohol)
  • Declined to Participate (Other Refusals)

Test Results that use ANY OTHER overall qualitative test result are NOT Included in the reported test counts for the DOT MIS Report.