“(1)In general.—Not later than 36 months after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 17, 2002], the Secretary of Transportation shall—
develop tests and other requirements for certifying the qualifications of individuals who operate computer-based systems for controlling the operations of pipelines; and
establish and carry out a pilot program for 3 pipeline facilities under which the individuals operating computer-based systems for controlling the operations of pipelines at such facilities are required to be certified under the process established under subparagraph (A).
“(2)Report.—The Secretary shall include in the report required under section 60131(h) [of title 49], as added by subsection (a) of this section, the results of the pilot program. The report shall include—
a description of the pilot program and implementation of the pilot program at each of the 3 pipeline facilities;
an evaluation of the pilot program, including the effectiveness of the process for certifying individuals who operate computer-based systems for controlling the operations of pipelines;
any recommendations of the Secretary for requiring the certification of all individuals who operate computer-based systems for controlling the operations of pipelines; and
an assessment of the ramifications of requiring the certification of other individuals performing safety-sensitive functions for a pipeline facility.
“(3)Computer-based systems defined.—
In this subsection, the term ‘computer-based systems’ means supervisory control and data acquisition systems.”