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DOT's OHMS Announces Reorganization
By Paul W. Rankin

V

eteran watchers of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Hazardous Materials
Safety (OHMS) will probably not be surprised
to learn that a reorganization plan designed to streamline
and rationalize its administrative functions was recently
announced. In the last several decades, both OHMS and
its parent, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
Administration (PHMSA), have been reorganized on several
occasions, though not always to great effect.
The OHMS is responsible for regulating the transportation of hazardous materials in the U.S. This small office,
with just over 200 full-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $60 million per year, regulates more
than 1.2 million shipments of hazardous materials daily and
an estimated 4 billion tons of regulated products annually.
According to OHMS Associate Administrator William
Schoonover, the purpose of the reorganization is to " elevate
the focus on the key areas of research and grants and to
optimize our operational structure, ensuring special permits,

Figure 1: Current OHMS
Organizational Structure
PHH-2 (Offices of Associate Administrator
and Deputy Associate Administrators)

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approvals and data collection/analysis are conducted by the
appropriate subject matter professionals and in the most
efficient manner while still ensuring quality products. " The
reorganization plan was approved by outgoing Secretary of
Transportation Elaine Chao in December.
Currently, the OHMS is made up of 11 divisions that
report to one of two deputy associate administrators,
William Quade (Policy and Programs) or Carey Davis (Field
Operations). The reorganization will eliminate one division,
Approvals and Permits, and make several structural changes
to others.
According to a policy manual recently published by
OHMS, the key changes include:
*	Relocation of the Cylinder and Energetic Materials
Approvals branches to the Sciences and Engineering
division.
*	Relocation of the Special Permits and General
Approvals branch to the Standards division.

PHH-2

International
Programs
Permits and
Approvals

Outreach and
Grants

Standards
Development

Sciences

General
Approvals and
Permits

Outreach and
Engagement

Regulatory
Review and
Reinvention

Engineering

Pressure Vessel
Approvals

Grants/
Registration

Radioactive
Materials and
R&D

Energetic
Materials

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