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Vehicle standards around the world aim to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions

“Nine countries and regions, which together account for 75% of global fuel consumption by light-duty vehicles, have adopted mandatory or voluntary standards for increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The intent and structure of these emissions policies vary widely around the world. Because fuel economy and GHG emissions policies have large effectsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disability Insurance, Medical Devices, Southeast Asia, Space Acquisitions

Nuclear Nonproliferation: NNSA’s Threat Assessment Process Could Be Improved, GAO-16-118: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. 2013 Sequestration and Shutdown: Selected Agencies Generally Managed Unobligated Balances in Reviewed Accounts, but Balances Exceeded Target Levels in Two Accounts, GAO-16-26: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. VA Health Care: Oversight ImprovementsContinue Reading

Climate Risks to the Financial System

Covington, Howard, Climate Risks to the Financial System (October 27, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “An estimate is made of the specific risk to the fossil fuel sector from wind and solar generation and from electric vehicles. The systemic risk to investment portfolios from climate change is then analysed.”

Economic Census Data on Transportation and Warehousing

“The 2012 Economic Census concludes the Geographic Area Series for the transportation and warehousing sector. This series includes statistics for air, rail, and water transportation and warehousing and storage. The files provide statistics on the number of establishments, revenue, payroll, number of employees and other data items by industry. Geographic Area Series data is theContinue Reading

DOT Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

A GoPro equipped drone came within 8 feet feet of my forehead while I standing on a bridge over the Potomac Gorge last year (not amused – yes I have photos) – following is a announcement from DOT about registering drones: “U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creationContinue Reading

CRS – The Internet of Things: Frequently Asked Questions

CRS – The Internet of Things: Frequently Asked Questions – Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology. October 13, 2015. “Internet of Things” (IoT) refers to networks of objects that communicate with other objects and with computers through the Internet. “Things” may include virtually any object for which remote communication, data collection, orContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Financial Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems, K-12 Education

DOD Financial Management: Additional Efforts Needed to Improve Audit Readiness of Navy Military Pay and Other Related Activities, GAO-15-658: Published: Sep 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2015. Intelligent Transportation Systems: Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technologies Expected to Offer Benefits, but Deployment Challenges Exist, GAO-15-775: Published: Sep 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2015. K-12 Education: Most EighthContinue Reading

Mississippi River Watershed Report Card

“The Nature Conservancy played a pivotal role in the creation of America’s Watershed Initiative and the initiative’s new Report Card for the 31-state Mississippi River Watershed, which stretches from Montana to West Virginia and from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Water that flows in the heartland rivers within America’s Watershed is used to produceContinue Reading

Federal Transit Administration Issues Proposed Rule for Transit Agencies to Achieve State of Good Repair, Improve Safety

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued a proposed rule that would require public transportation agencies to monitor and manage their capital assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair.  Identifying and prioritizing maintenance and repair needs of transit vehicles and infrastructure could lower costs, increase reliability and performance,Continue Reading

McKinsey – Urban mobility at a tipping point

“As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge…By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from about 50 percent today. Over the same period, more than two billion people are likely to enter the middle class,Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Adaptive Sports, DOD Financial Management, Medicare, Food Assistance, Biosurveillance, Public Transit

Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed, GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations, GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. Drug Compounding for Animals: FDAContinue Reading

2015 Red Book

2015 Red Book – Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects, September 2015 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047. “The purpose of the Red Book is to function as a “how to” for synchronizing NEPA and other regulatory reviews. This handbook will be useful to Federal agencies that review permit applications, and Federal,Continue Reading