Kentucky uses federally funded, time-limited (FFTL) employees to handle some of the administrative work necessary to meet federal compliance standards for commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has decided not to continue funding FFTLs for these purposes, meaning that states will have to find other ways to meet CDL program requirements and maintain compliance. Given the potential ramifications of losing federal transportation and enforcement funding due to lack of compliance with federal standards, it is imperative that state lawmakers act to ensure KYTC has the resources to carry out its mandated functions. The study delineates federal and state CDL requirements, current workflow processes, surveys practices in other states, reports on the status of CDL workflow automation and develops three alternative funding mechanisms to stabilize program workflow while developers gather requirements for web-based applications to increase workflow efficiency. It also recommends other changes that would benefit KYTC, particularly the staff responsible for CDL program administration and compliance.

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