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The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel

CRS – The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel. Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism; Bart Elias, Specialist in Aviation Policy; Alison Siskin, Specialist in Immigration Policy. November 7, 2016.
“After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government developed a unified regimen to identify and list known or suspected terrorists. The regimen has received repeated congressional attention, and this report briefly discusses for congressional policy makers how the U.S. government fashions and uses the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) to achieve such an end. It also discusses how the federal government engages in two travel-related screening processes—visa screening and air passenger screening. Both processes involve subsets of the Terrorist Screening Database…”

Metro’s plan to get “Back to Good”

“Marking his first anniversary since taking the helm of Metro, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) Paul J. Wiedefeld today laid out next steps for the Authority that move beyond track work to get trains running safely and reliably.  “While we remain focused on track safety and reliability, we must tackle the fact that… Continue Reading

Disruptive Change in the Taxi Business: The Case of Uber

Disruptive Change in the Taxi Business: The Case of Uber – Judd Cramer, Alan B. Krueger – NBER Working Paper No. 22083 – Issued in March 2016 “In most cities, the taxi industry is highly regulated and utilizes technology developed in the 1940s. Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, which use modern internet-based… Continue Reading

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

Dept. of Energy guide: “More than a dozen alternative fuels are in production or under development for use in alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. Government and private-sector vehicle fleets are the primary users of these fuels and vehicles, but consumers are increasingly interested in them. Using alternative fuels and advanced vehicles instead of… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Drug Compounding, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Hazardous Materials Rail Shipments, Youth with Autism

Certificated Expenditures: Executive Office of the President Fiscal Year 2015 Certificated Expenditures Were Spent for Authorized Purposes, GAO-17-116R: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Drug Compounding: FDA Has Taken Steps to Implement Compounding Law, but Some States and Stakeholders Reported Challenges, GAO-17-64: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Federal… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Air Traffic Control, Financial Audits of Federal Reserve, CFPB, FHFA, SEC, Preventing llicit Drug Use

Air Traffic Control: Experts’ and Stakeholders’ Views on Key Issues to Consider in a Potential Restructuring, GAO-17-131: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2016. Corporate Shareholder Meetings: Proxy Advisory Firms’ Role in Voting and Corporate Governance Practices, GAO-17-47: Published: Nov 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2016. Federal Reserve: Additional Actions Could Help… Continue Reading

Federal government owns lots of planes!

Reported Inventory, Use, and Cost of Federally Owned Aircraft, GAO-17-73R: Published: Oct 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2016: “Federally owned aircraft are operated by agencies to fulfill their diverse missions. As of July 2016, 11 federal agencies owned 924 aircraft, excluding those that are loaned/leased/provided to other entities. This inventory included: 495 airplanes, 414… Continue Reading

FTC – VW buybacks and lease terminations to begin

Bridget Small – FTC: “Earlier this year, the FTC sued Volkswagen for falsely claiming that its diesel cars had low levels of harmful emissions. A federal judge approved the FTC order that requires Volkswagen to provide up to $10 billion to owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars. Here are some… Continue Reading

Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros 2016

Foot Traffic Ahead – Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros 2016 By Christopher B. Leinberger & Michael Rodriguez, The George Washington University School of Business. “The end of sprawl is in sight. The nation’s largest metropolitan areas are focusing on building walkable urban development. For perhaps the first time in 60 years, walkable urban… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Approves FTC Order for Owners of Certain Volkswagen and Audi “Clean” Diesels to Receive Compensation

Via FTC: A federal district court judge in San Francisco today signed a $10 billion settlement order, starting the formal process for owners of certain Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars to receive compensation for the vehicles they bought. Under the $10 billion Federal Trade Commission order, in most cases the owners of VW… Continue Reading

DOT Cybersecurity Incident Handling Is Ineffective and Incomplete

DOT IG Report – October 13, 2016 DOT Cybersecurity Incident Handling Is Ineffective and Incomplete Project ID:  FI-2017-001 “An effective response to cyber incidents minimizes disruptions to information systems and data losses. We conducted this audit because of DOT’s large number of information systems that contain sensitive data as well as the high number of… Continue Reading

USPS Survey – Public Perception of Drone Delivery in US

USPS IG – Public Perception of Drone Delivery in the United States Report Number RARC-WP-17-001 “If the U.S. Postal Service intends to consider the option of incorporating drones into its operations, tracking the public’s rapidly evolving perception of this new mode of delivery will be essential to shaping the groundwork of the Postal Service’s strategy.… Continue Reading