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FAA issues report on creating process to register drones

FAA – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF), Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Task Force Recommendations, Final Report, November 21, 2015.

“The stated objective of the Task Force was to develop recommendations for the creation of a registration process, which ultimately would contribute to an enforceable rule imposed by the FAA. The FAA stated that the intent of establishing this registration framework was to promote a culture of accountability while achieving a maximum level of compliance…The Task Force accepted as a baseline that the registration requirement will only apply to sUAS (i.e., aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds) that are operated outdoors in the National Airspace System (NAS). Beyond that baseline, however, the FAA asked the Task Force to recommend additional mini mum requirements for sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) that would need to be registered. In particular, the agency asked the Task Force to consider factors including, but not limited to, technical capabilities and operational capabilities such as size, weight, speed, payload, equipage, and other factors such as the age of the operator…”

Baltic Dry Index

“The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is an economic indicator issued daily by the London-based Baltic Exchange. Not restricted to Baltic Sea countries, the index provides “an assessment of the price of moving the major raw materials by sea. Taking in 23 shipping routes measured on a timecharter basis, the index covers Handysize, Supramax, Panamax, andContinue Reading

New and Improved Charts and Data on Auto Loans

NY Fed – A Closer Look at Auto Loans: “Today, the New York Fed announced that household debt increased by a robust $212 billion in the third quarter of 2015. Both mortgage and auto loan originations increased, as auto originations reached a ten-year high and new mortgage lending appears to have finally recovered from theContinue Reading

Analysis reveals info on 1.1 Billion NYC Taxi and Uber Trips

Todd W. Schneider – An open-source exploration of the city’s neighborhoods, nightlife, airport traffic, and more, through the lens of publicly available taxi and Uber data – “The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has released a staggeringly detailed historical dataset covering over 1.1 billion individual taxi trips in the city from January 2009Continue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Manufacturing Arsenals, InfoSec, Military Recruiting, SEC Conflict Minerals Program, Wildland Fire Management

DOD Manufacturing Arsenals: Actions Needed to Identify and Sustain Critical Capabilities, GAO-16-86: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015. Information Security: Department of Education and Other Federal Agencies Need to Better Implement Controls, GAO-16-228T: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015. Information Security: Federal Agencies Need to Better Protect Sensitive Data,Continue Reading

National Transit Database

“Today the transit industry consists of over 140,000 vehicles, traveling over 48 billion passenger miles, and collecting over $8.5 billion in passenger fares. In the past 10 years the transit industry has grown by over 20 percent – faster than either highway or air travel. As the industry continues to grow, every indication is thatContinue Reading

Do trees help or hinder air quality in big cities?

Do Trees Really Help Clean the Air in Our Cities? Rob MacKenzie – “…First things first; it is not trees that pollute the air of cities in the developed world. As car manufacturers are all too guiltily aware, it is mainly road vehicles that cause pollution. And their impacts are compounded by the choices weContinue Reading

Bicycling and Walking to Work in US: 2008–2012

Modes Less Traveled—Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States: 2008–2012 “Bicycling and walking make up a relatively small portion of commuting activity in the United States, but these nonmotorized travel modes play important roles within many of the nation’s local transportation systems. Infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking expands transportation options and mayContinue Reading

Bloomberg – Meet the Next Generation of Artisan Bike Builders

Timothy Coulter – London has a proud history of hand made bicycles, and today’s cottage industry in the U.S. has its roots in the British capital. As cycling’s popularity surges, the craft is on the rise again. November 6, 2015.

GAO Reports – Internal controls audit at Udall Foundation, Audit of Airport and Airway, Highway Trust Funds

Internal Controls: The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Has Made Significant Progress but Needs to Fully Document Certain Policies and Procedures, GAO-16-52: Published: Nov 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2015: “GAO recommends that the Foundation (1) fully document its internal control policies and procedures related to the hiring and separation ofContinue Reading

GAO Reports – InfoTech Acquisitions, K-12 Education, DoD and Sexual Assault, Aviation Security, 2020 Census, Climate Change, Medicaid, TARP

Information Technology: Implementation of Reform Legislation Needed to Improve Acquisitions and Operations, GAO-16-204T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. K-12 Education: Internal Controls for Program Management and Oversight Can Help Ensure the Success of School Choice Programs, GAO-16-212T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. Sexual Assault: Actions Needed toContinue Reading

In US Telecommuting for Work Climbs to 37%

Gallup – Jeffrey M. Jones – Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, up slightly from 30% last decade but four times greater than the 9% found in 1995. Average worker telecommutes two days per month 46% of telecommuters do so during the workday Most say telecommuters just as productive as other employeesContinue Reading