Association News
Perfect weather for a trucking brainstorm

By Sandi Soendker, editor-in-chief

By Land Line staff

Doug Morris, OOIDA’s Director of Security, has been named the new chairman of the Highway and Motor Carrier Sector Coordinating Council. The HMC-SCC is part of the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

His involvement with this council places Morris at high-level meetings where guidelines for energy shipments and Department of Defense loads are discussed.

The HMC-SCC, under CIPAC guidelines, acts in an advisory capacity to the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies on issues relating to security and infrastructure protection, preparedness and response for commercial highway transportation.  

The HMC-SCC, under a newly established private sector partnership pilot program, also provides industry expert support to intelligence analysts reporting to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  

“We may be only one deep, but we are a voice for small-business truckers and we are at the table,” said Morris.

Morris is a member of OOIDA’s Washington, DC, staff and has held the Director of Security position since November 2008. He administers OOIDA’s Transportation Alert Communication and Emergency Response (known as TRACER) program and coordinates the Association’s participation in the First Observer program. He also represents OOIDA at meetings of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. LL

Editor’s note: As mentioned above, one of the programs Morris manages is TRACER, which was first launched in 2009 by OOIDA. The program is a two-way communication system that sends alerts to members and coordinates information received from trucking members.

Members can sign up to receive text messages and email alerts for truck thefts and missing persons. Truckers can call the TRACER hotline at 866-950-2291 or visit the website at to get the latest advisory or if they have information to report about stolen cargo or missing persons, etc.