Federal Research Links

http://www.osha.gov/dep/oia/whistleblower/
OSHA Whistleblower Protection Information

http://www.rrb.gov/mep/ben_forms.asp
Railroad retirement board publications. Information on Sickness benefits, Retirement annuities, Unemployment benefits, etc.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/
Access to online code of federal regulations and federal register publications. Use to read CFR Title 49, Part 200 thru 299 governing railroad regulations. Also CFR Title 49, Part 40 governing drug testing procedures. Title 29 governs labor, specifically relevant to us is it governs the National Mediation Board.

http://bookstore.gpo.gov/
US Govt. Bookstore online. Can order print copies of CFR regulations.

http://www.dot.gov/
Can access Federal Railroad Administration web site. Access data on accidents, safety, rail regulation, etc. Also you can access FRA directly at http://www.fra.dot.gov/

http://www.fra.dot.gov/Pages/359.shtml
Access to FRA’s technical compliance manuals. This is information you can use to determine if railroads are interpreting federal regulations correctly regarding operating practices or equipment inspections, drug and alcohol testing, etc.

http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/
Safety Violations Data by State, Region and Railroad, sorted by CFR Section

http://hazmat.dot.gov/
DOT Hazmat information provided by US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Can obtain electronic copies of the Emergency Response Guidebook here.

http://www.regulations.gov/
DOT Docket Management System. Can access all information on open dockets governing waivers, etc. Using this Web site, you can:

  • View proposed rules and other regulatory documents;Submit a comment; Submit an application, petition or adjudication document; Read comments; View final rules; View Regulatory Agendas that list regulations

http://www.stb.dot.gov
Surface Transportation Board Site. Can access docket filings on abandonments, trail use requests, etc.

http://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/rrlo/lmrda.htm
Dept of Labor website. Can access online copies of LM financial reports filed by all union bodies.

http://www.fec.gov/
Federal Election Commission, access to federal campaign information and federal election information.

http://www.house.gov/
US House of Representatives. Access to addresses, bills, amendments, etc.

http://thomas.loc.gov/
Thomas – Congressional information provided by the US Library of Congress.

http://www.fedworld.gov/
Fedworld site. General US Government access.

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
US Supreme Court Website.

State Research Links

http://www.ncsl.org/
National Conference of State Legislatures: Access all state statutes and other information

 

Misc. Research Links

http://www.closecallsrail.org/
Confidential Close Call Reporting Information Page

http://www.tsb.gc.ca/
Transportation Safety Board of Canada