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GAO Reports – VA Disability Benefits, Navy Working Capital Fund, Electricity, Federal Transit Benefits, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

  • Veterans’ Disability Benefits: VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported, GAO-15-464: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2015.
  • Navy Working Capital Fund: Budgeting for Carryover at Fleet Readiness Centers Could Be Improved, GAO-15-462: Published: Jun 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2015.
  • Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Medicaid: Service Utilization Patterns for Beneficiaries in Managed Care, GAO-15-481: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Youth Athletes: Sports Programs’ Guidance, Practices, and Policies to Help Prevent and Respond to Sexual Abuse, GAO-15-418: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.

UK Airports Commission: Final Report 2015

From the Report: “The London airport capacity problem has perplexed governments for over fifty years, for reasons that are not hard to find. The considerable benefits of aviation accrue to the many, while the environmental costs are borne by the (relatively) few. For those who live near them airports are noisy neighbours and are greedyContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Electricity, Federal Transit Benefit Program, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Medicaid: Service UtilizationContinue Reading

NHTSA’s Database Now Lists All Affected Vehicles

“If your vehicle is manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, or Toyota, you may be affected by a recall on airbags. The recall affects nearly 34 million vehicles in the U.S. If your vehicle is manufactured by the brands listed above use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) VINContinue Reading

Safety Report – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Safety Report and Subway Tunnel Safety – “In response to concerns regarding the safety performance of WMATA, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conducted an organization-wide Safety Management Inspection (SMI) of the Metrorail and Metrobus systems to assess WMATA’s safety programs and compliance with its own procedures and rules, existingContinue Reading

Review of the FAA’s Certification Research Plan

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently undertaking a broad program known as Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to develop, introduce, and certify new technologies into the National Airspace System. NextGen is a fundamentally transformative change that is being implemented incrementally over a period of many years. Currently, the FAA is putting into placeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Security, Missouri River Basin

Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Oversight of Key Programs, but Additional Actions Are Needed, GAO-15-678T: Published: Jun 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2015: “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken steps to improve oversight of Secure Flight—a passenger prescreening program that matches passenger information against watch lists and assigns each passengerContinue Reading

Copenhagenize Index 2015 Edition

“The Copenhagenize Index 2015 – the world’s most comprehensive inventory and ranking of bicycle-friendly cities. As with the 2011 and 2013 Indexes, it was a long, arduous process but it was, of course, inspiring, thought-provoking, and at times, surprising. One thing is certain – we are always surprised. Every year, the Copenhagenize Index evolves. AContinue Reading

The Essential Federal Role in Highway Research and Innovation

“[Transportation Research Board] TRB Special Report 317: The Essential Federal Role in Highway Research and Innovation summarizes conclusions and advice on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) critical role in highway research, development, and technology (RD&T) that have been developed over the years by TRB’s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC).  The RTCC is charged toContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – International Space Station, Sequestration

International Space Station: Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory, GAO-15-397: Published: Apr 27, 2015. Publicly Released: May 27, 2015: “The U.S. has spent almost $43 billion to develop, assemble, and operate the ISS over the past two decades. The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 required NASA to enterContinue Reading

Justice Department Releases Drone Privacy Guidance

EPIC – “The Justice Department has released extensive “Policy Guidance” for the use of drones by federal agencies. The Guidance bans the use of drones to monitor activities protected by the First Amendment, requires routine logs of drone use, and requires the protection of civil liberties and privacy in all cases. However, the Guidance “doesContinue Reading

Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods

Kaufman, Sarah and Moss, Mitchell L. and Tyndall, Justin and Hernandez, Jorge, Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods (December 29, 2014). NYU Wagner Research Paper No. 2598566. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2598566 “Although public transit provides access to jobs throughout the New York City region, there are actually substantial inequalities in mobility.Continue Reading