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Random Drug Testing Rate for Covered Crewmembers

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Coast Guard, DHS.


Notice of minimum random drug testing rate.


The Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2005 minimum random drug testing rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers. An evaluation of the 2003 Management Information System (MIS) data collection forms submitted by marine employers determined that random drug testing on covered crewmembers for the calendar year 2003 resulted in positive test results 2.07 percent of the time. Based on this percentage, we will maintain the minimum random drug testing rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers for the calendar year 2005.


The minimum random drug testing rate is effective January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005. You must submit your 2004 MIS reports no later than March 15, 2005.


The annual MIS report may by submitted in writing to Commandant (G-MOA), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street SW., Room 2404, Washington, DC 20593-0001 or by electronic submission to the following Internet address:​hq/​g-m/​moa/​dapip.htm.

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For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Robert C. Schoening, Drug and Alcohol Program Manager, Office of Investigations and Analysis (G-MOA), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, telephone (202) 267-0684. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Andrea M. Jenkins, Program Manager, Dockets Operations, Department of Transportation, telephone (202) 366-0271.

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Under 46 CFR 16.230, the Coast Guard requires marine employers to establish random drug testing programs for covered crewmembers on inspected and uninspected vessels. All marine employers are required to collect and maintain a record of drug testing program data for each calendar year, January 1 through December 31. You must submit this data by 15 March of the following year to the Coast Guard in an annual MIS report.

You may either submit your own MIS report or have a consortium or other employer representative submit the data in a consolidated MIS report. The chemical drug testing data is essential to analyze our current approach for deterring and detecting illegal drug abuse in the maritime industry.

Since 2003 MIS data indicates that the positive random testing rate is greater than one percent industry-wide (2.07 percent), the Coast Guard announces that the minimum random drug testing rate is set at 50 percent of covered employees for the period of January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005, in accordance with 46 CFR 16.230(e).

Each year we will publish a notice reporting the results of the previous calendar year's MIS data, and the minimum annual percentage rate for Start Printed Page 77261random drug testing for the next calendar year.

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Dated: December 16, 2004.

T.H. Gilmour,

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection.

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[FR Doc. 04-28229 Filed 12-23-04; 8:45 am]