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Category Archives: Transportation

GAO Reports – Defense Health Care, Indian Health Service, SEC InfoSec, Missile Defense, Public Transit, Veterans Justice, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

  • Defense Health Care: DOD Is Meeting Most Mental Health Care Access Standards, but It Needs a Standard for Follow-up Appointments, GAO-16-416: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
  • Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times, GAO-16-333: Published: Mar 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
  • Information Security: Opportunities Exist for SEC to Improve Its Controls over Financial Systems and Data, GAO-16-493: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
  • Missile Defense: Ballistic Missile Defense System Testing Delays Affect Delivery of Capabilities, GAO-16-339R: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
  • Public Transit: Observations on Recent Changes to the Capital Investment Grant Program, GAO-16-495: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
  • Veterans Justice Outreach Program: VA Could Improve Management by Establishing Performance Measures and Fully Assessing Risks, GAO-16-393: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
  • Tribal Internet Access: Increased Federal Coordination and Performance Measurement Needed, GAO-16-504T: Published: Apr 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2016.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Development of New Capabilities Requires Continued Oversight, GAO-16-634T: Published: Apr 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2016.
  • Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program: Improvements Made but Information on Performance Goals Still Needed, GAO-16-617T: Published: Apr 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2016.

Graphic: Bike to Work Day

“To commemorate Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) and Bike to Work Day (May 20), the U.S. Census Bureau presents a graphic showing the percentage of people biking to work in cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The percentages are derived from the 2014 American Community Survey. Internet address:”

New LA Database Seeks to Help Keep Streets Clean

Los Angeles Times: “A new database, Clean Streets LA,  measuring garbage on more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alleys shows poorer areas of the city see more illegal dumping and litter than affluent ones. City officials on Friday released details on the far-reaching study, which is designed to help guide the cityContinue Reading

Pew – Planning for responsible shipping in Canada’s Arctic waters

Via Pew Charitable Trusts: “The world is looking to Canada’s Arctic Ocean for the promise of faster and cheaper intercontinental shipping and unexploited natural resources. The Arctic ice is melting because of climate change, which is creating a longer shipping season and has already resulted in vessel traffic increases of 166 percent through the CanadianContinue Reading

Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee Recommendations Final Report

Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) – ARC Recommendations Final Report, April 1, 2016. “The ARC membership represented diverse interests and viewpoints. Although some decisions were not unanimous, the ARC reached consensus on all of its recommendations to the FAA , as reflected in this report. The recommendations in this report reflect theContinue Reading

Map – more than 10 percent of American bridges are structurally deficient

America’s Oldest, Most Crumbling, Most Crowded Bridges, Mapped:  “For an advanced industrial country, America has pretty lousy infrastructure. Our ports, airports, roads and transit regularly get ‘D’ and ‘C’ grades in the the American Society of Engineers’s report cards. As in: Could do a lot better. About 11% of the nation’s 600,000 bridges are “structurallyContinue Reading

NYT – Washington Metro, 40 and Creaking, Stares at a Midlife Crisis

The Washington DC Metro system opened on March 27, 1976. Much has been written recently, over the past few years and further back as well, about the system’s deteriorating safety, reliability, passenger dissatisfaction with increasingly frequent delays, overcrowding and relentless service delays. Citizens and public officials have called for much need improvements that include theContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Protective Service, HUBZone Program, 2015 Lobbying Disclosure, Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System, Vehicle Safety

Federal Protective Service: Enhancements to Performance Measures and Data Quality Processes Could Improve Human Capital Planning, GAO-16-384: Published: Mar 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016. HUBZone Program: Actions Taken on February 2015 GAO Recommendations, GAO-16-423R: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016. IRS Referral Programs: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Controls and IncreaseContinue Reading

Commentary – DC, Maryland, and Virginia: We need to talk about Metro

Via Urban Institute: “The nation’s second-busiest heavy rail transit system, the Washington, DC area’s Metro, is in crisis. This is a long-term crisis, occasionally punctuated by national headlines, like when smoke filled a train killing one passenger in January 2015, or when nine people died in a crash in June 2009. In both cases, theContinue Reading

UK Report – Cycling infrastructure: framework for evaluating economic and social impacts

Technopolis Group on behalf of the UK Department for Transport “This report presents the results of a study to research the options for robustly evaluating the economic and social impacts of investments in new or improved cycling infrastructure, in a mixture of different types of urban and rural areas. The report has been written for evaluation practitioners and commissioners, and while it attempts to avoidContinue Reading

FAA Aviation Forecasts 2016

Aerospace forecasts – “The FAA has developed a set of assumptions and forecasts consistent with the emerging trends and structural changes taking place within the aviation industry. The purpose of the forecasts is to accurately predict future demand. FAA develops the commercial aviation forecasts and assumptions from statistical (econometric) models that explain and incorporate emergingContinue Reading

Research Scientist Ixchel Faniel Interviewed about Work on Data Reuse

Via OCLC – Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D., was interviewed by Thomas Padilla for dh+lib as a part of its Data Praxis Series. “Dr. Faniel discussed her interests in reuse of research data within academic communities and the role of libraries and librarians in supporting researchers’ data sharing, management and reuse. The interview ranged over various aspectsContinue Reading