February 26, 2014 – The Bi-StateDrug and Alcohol Testing Consortium (DATC) was formed to offer drug and alcohol testing services to member employees in the Bi-State Region.  Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) establish regulations that require commercially-licensed (CDL) drivers to participate in drug and alcohol testing to promote traffic safety in the transportation industry.  DATC participants include municipalities, counties, townships, public school districts, public transit systems, and not-for-profit corporations that provide transportation in the geographic area of Muscatine and Scott Counties, Iowa and Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties, Illinois.

DATC coordinates local efforts to fulfill these federal regulations, provide a sampling pool for covered employees, purchase required services jointly, coordinate and share administrative activities, and maximize the available resources in the Iowa-Illinois Bi-State area.  Each DATC participant receives initial and pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.  Bi-State staff monitor the random draws and provide information on the program, training opportunities, and updates in regulations as available.

DATC meets at least once per year to review the contracted testing services, and currently has published a Request for Proposal (RFP) to establish a new contract by October 1, 2014.  To view the RFP, visit  http://bistateonline.org/index.php/2012-11-14-00-34-51/drug-alcohol-testing-consortium.