Federal agencies announce random testing rates for 2020

Published: January 29, 2020

Federal agencies have announced their random drug testing rates for the new calendar year.

In December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a test rate increase from 25 percent to 50 percent of the average number of driver positions because of an increased number of positive test results in 2018.

In January, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that the minimum random drug testing rate will remain unchanged at 50 percent.

The Federal Railroad Administration’s minimum drug test rate remains at 25 percent for workers, excluding maintenance-of-way employees.

The random alcohol testing rate has been set for all three agencies at 10 percent.

Railroad maintenance-of-way employees are tested at a higher rate: 50 percent for drugs and 25 percent for alcohol.

Click here for a chart from DOT detailing the 2020 random testing rates.