Under the most recent Homeland Security grant for the national Trucking Security Program, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will be working as sub-contractor to develop training and outreach to its 162,000 members.
DHS awarded last week $15.5 million to Alexandria, Va.-based IT company HMS Enterprises to conduct anti-terrorism activities and promote security awareness among highway professionals. In a surprise move, DHS ended a relationship with the American Trucking Associations, which had through several years received $63 million in grants to run the program.
HMS is outsourcing much of the work to OOIDA and to other sub-contractors including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Total Security Services International, and Patton Boggs.
OOIDA and IBT plan to institute a training and communications network that coordinates with DHS in analyzing and responding to potential homeland security threats.
"We are anxious to get started on this project and work closely with an outstanding team of individuals and organizations dedicated to helping protect our nation's transportation infrastructure," said Rick Craig, OOIDA director of regulatory affairs.