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New GAO Reports: Depot Maintenance, Healthcare.gov, IGs, Large Partnerships, Secure Flight, VA Health Care

  • DEPOT MAINTENANCE: Accurate and Complete Data Needed to Meet DOD’s Core Capability Reporting Requirements, GAO-14-777: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
  • HEALTHCARE.GOV: Information Security and Privacy Controls Should Be Enhanced to Address Weaknesses, GAO-14-871T: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
  • INSPECTORS GENERAL: Improvements Needed in the Office of Inspector General’s Oversight of the Denali Commission, GAO-14-320: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
  • LARGE PARTNERSHIPS: With Growing Number of Partnerships, IRS Needs to Improve Audit Efficiency, GAO-14-732: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
  • SECURE FLIGHT: Additional Actions Needed to Determine Program Effectiveness and Strengthen Privacy Oversight Mechanisms, GAO-14-796T: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
  • SECURE FLIGHT: TSA Could Take Additional Steps to Strengthen Privacy Oversight Mechanisms, GAO-14-647: Published: Sep 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
  • SECURE FLIGHT: TSA Should Take Additional Steps to Determine Program Effectiveness, GAO-14-531: Published: Sep 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
  • VA HEALTH CARE: Actions Needed to Address Higher-Than-Expected Demand for the Family Caregiver Program, GAO-14-675: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.

New GAO Reports – Air Traffic Control System, Federal Rulemaking, Missouri River Flood and Drought

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM: Selected Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Operations, Modernization, and Structure, GAO-14-770: Published: Sep 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2014. FEDERAL RULEMAKING: Agencies Included Key Elements of Cost-Benefit Analysis, but Explanations of Regulations’ Significance Could Be More Transparent [Reissued on September 12, 2014], GAO-14-714: Published: Sep 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2014. MISSOURI RIVER FLOOD AND DROUGHT: Experts AgreeContinue Reading

Bicyclist safety must be a priority – Report

Findings from a year of fatality tracking, May 2014. Every Bicyclist Counts – A memorial to the cyclists by the League of American Bicyclists. “From February 2011 to February 2013 we proactively gathered information for Every Bicyclist Counts from monitoring media and public outreach. We captured 628 fatalities overall and 552 in 2012 alone. In 2012, FARSContinue Reading

Usage-Based Insurance and Telematics

National Association of Insurance Commissioners: “Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) is a recent innovation by auto insurers that more closely aligns driving behaviors with premium rates for auto insurance. Mileage and driving behaviors are tracked using odometer readings or in-vehicle telecommunication devices (telematics) that are usually self-installed into a special vehicle port. The basic idea of telematicContinue Reading

Tenth Annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report

“Allstate is committed to helping people across the nation protect their cars and families. Allstate America’s Best Driving Report® is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities has the safest drivers. Sharing this data every year can highlight the importance of educating people about the importance of safe driving.” Washington, DCContinue Reading

DOT Launches Free, Online Search Tool for Recalls Using Vehicle Identification Number

“Every year, millions of vehicles are recalled in the United States due to safety defects or noncompliance with federal safety standards. To help car buyers, owners and renters know that their vehicles are safe and their safety defects have been address, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled aContinue Reading

Pseudo-Classification of Executive Branch Documents

Pseudo-Classification of Executive Branch Documents: Problems with the Transportation Security Administration’s Use of the Sensitive Security Information Designation, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. May 29, 2014. “Under the Air Transportation Security Act of 1974, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a category of sensitive but unclassified information, frequently referred to as “Sensitive Security Information” (SSI), andContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – CFPB, Drinking Water, Media Ownership, Railroad Retirement, Security Clearances

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU: Opportunity Exists to Improve Transparency of Civil Penalty Fund Activities, GAO-14-551: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2014. DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, GAO-14-555: Published: Jun 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2014. MEDIA OWNERSHIP: FCC Should Review the Effects ofContinue Reading

Apples and Oranges: Iceberg Trade Costs

Lashkaripour, Ahmad [Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts - Department of Economics] Apples and Oranges: Iceberg Trade Costs (May 23, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2470765 “The iceberg trade cost assumption is embodied in all major models of International trade. However, empirical evidence to support this rather conventional assumption is lacking. This paperContinue Reading

Obama Drone Order Fails to Safeguard Privacy

EPIC – “According to reports, President Obama is set to issue an executive order on drone privacy. The order would call for the development of voluntary best practices for the commercial use of drones. Senator Markey and Representative Welch immediately responded to the reports with a letter to the President urging “strong, enforceable rules – not voluntary bestContinue Reading

DOT Proposes Rulemaking for Safe Rail Transportation of Flammable Materials

“The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail – particularly crude oil and ethanol – in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM). The NPRM proposesContinue Reading

Mapbox – interactive map of no fly zones for unmanned aerial vehicles

Wired – “To help with the question of where it is legal to fly a drone, Mapbox has put together an interactive map of all the no-fly zones for UAVs they could find. Most of the red zones on the map are near airports, military sites and national parks. But as WIRED’s former Editor-in-Chief, Chris Anderson, nowContinue Reading