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New GAO Reports – Airport Funding

  • Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns, GAO-15-498T: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015: “U.S. airports are key contributors to the national and regional economies, providing mobility for people and goods, both domestically and internationally. Since 2007 when GAO last reported on airport funding, airports of all sizes have experienced significant changes in aviation activity. Financing for airport capital improvements is based on a mix of federal AIP grants, federally authorized but statutorily-capped PFCs, and locally generated aviation-related and non-aviation-related revenues. As deliberations begin in advance of FAA’s 2015 reauthorization, Congress is faced with considering the most appropriate type, level, and distribution of federal support for development of the National Airspace System.”
  • Telecommunications: FCC Should Evaluate the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Lifeline Program, GAO-15-335: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015: “Through FCC’s Lifeline program, companies provide discounts to eligible low-income households for telephone service. Lifeline supports these companies through the Universal Service Fund (USF). Companies generally pass their USF contribution obligation on to their customers, typically in the form of a line item on their telephone bills. In 2012, FCC adopted reforms to address problems with duplicate and ineligible participants and to explore adding broadband through a pilot program.”

Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity with City-Scale Metagenomics

“Afshinnekoo et al. describe a city-scale molecular profile of DNA collected from a city’s subway system, public surfaces, and one waterway. These data enable  baseline analysis of bacterial, eukaryotic, and aracheal organisms in the built environment of mass transit and urban life.” Afshinnekoo et al., 2015, CELS 1, 1–15 July 29, 2015.  Highlights: Almost halfContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition, Export-Import Bank, National Nuclear Security Administration, Small Business Research Programs, Sole Community Hospitals

Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition: Marine Corps Adopts an Incremental Approach, GAO-15-385: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. Export-Import Bank: Status of Actions to Address GAO Recommendations since the Bank’s 2012 Reauthorization, GAO-15-557T: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. National Nuclear Security Administration: Observations on Management Challenges and Steps TakenContinue Reading

Terrorist Databases and the No Fly List: Procedural Due Process and Hurdles to Litigation

Terrorist Databases and the No Fly List: Procedural Due Process and Hurdles to Litigation. Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. April 2, 2015. “In order to protect national security, the government maintains various terrorist watchlists, including the “No Fly” list, which contains the names of individuals to be denied boarding on commercial airline flights. Travelers onContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Air Traffic Control, Broadcast Exclusivity Rules, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

sAir Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen, GAO-15-370: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response, GAO-15-441: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. F-35 Joint StrikeContinue Reading

Transportation Statistics Annual Report

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released the Transportation Statistics Annual Report (TSAR). The 18th edition of this congressionally mandated report presents key transportation indicators along with an overview of the transportation system.  It also includes data and statistics on passenger travel, freight movement, transportation and the economy, system reliability,Continue Reading

S. 766, Driver Privacy Act of 2015

CBO – “S. 766 would establish that any data collected by event data recorders (EDRs) in motor vehicles are the property of the owner or lessee of the vehicle and would set broad conditions under which such data could be retrieved by others for purposes such as judicial proceedings, investigations, and traffic safety research. TheContinue Reading

DHS – Privacy Impact Assessment for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Privacy Impact Assessment for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot, DHS/CBP/PIA-025. March 11, 2015. “The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is conducting the 1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot to allow Customs and Border Protection Officers stationed at air ports of entry to use facial recognition technology asContinue Reading

California Roadkill Observation System

“Roadkill occurs when vehicles collide with or run over wildlife, such as birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. According to the Humane Society of the United States, over a million animals are killed every day on our roads and highways. We have created this site to provide a way for people like you to report roadkillContinue Reading

EFF – Automakers Say You Don’t Really Own Your Car

News release: “EFF is fighting for vehicle owners’ rights to inspect the code that runs their vehicles and to repair and modify their vehicles, or have a mechanic of their choice do the work. At the moment, the anti-circumvention prohibition in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act arguably restricts vehicle inspection, repair, and modification. If EFFContinue Reading

Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, House Judiciary Committee

Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, House Judiciary Committee, May 17, 2013. Serial No. 113–40. “The United States remains at the forefront of technological progress. Every day we hear of some advancement in communications or computer technology that promses vast improvements in our daily lives. We have become a muchContinue Reading

EPIC Sues FAA, Challenges Failure to Create Drone Privacy Safeguards

EPIC – “Today EPIC filed suit in the federal appeals court in Washington, DC arguing that the Federal Aviation Administration failed to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress. Congress had required the FAA to develop a “comprehensive plan” for drone deployment. In 2012 EPIC and more than 100 organizations and expertsContinue Reading