Last week, Congress approved a bill to finally implement the recommendations of the Sept. 11 Commission. The White House has said that President Bush would sign the bill, which includes a number of provisions dealing with trucking and hazmat security.
One of the provisions requires the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to perform an audit of the trucking security grant program. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, all federal trucking security grant funds started being given to ATA to administer its Highway Watch program.
According to the DHS grant and training office, those funds are estimated to total $56.7 million since 2003.