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Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives

Open Innovation: Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives, GAO-17-14: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2016. “How can the federal government better engage citizens? Federal agencies are using “open innovation” tools to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside government. Using dedicated websites and in-person outreach, agencies have worked… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Civilian and Contractor Workforces, Train Braking

DOD Civilian and Contractor Workforces: Additional Cost Savings Data and Efficiencies Plan Are Needed, GAO-17-128: Published: Oct 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2016. Train Braking: DOT’s Rulemaking on Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes Could Benefit from Additional Data and Transparency, GAO-17-122: Published: Oct 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2016. U.S. Postal Service: Information on… Continue Reading

Predicting How to Make Airports More Efficient

Wired via Center for Data Innovation: “New York’s JFK airport has implemented predictive analytics software called Beontra that analyzes data on flight operations, such as plane delays and passenger counts, as well as data about the airport, such as how long it takes for people to walk through a terminal and pass through security, to predict… Continue Reading

Wi-Fi passwords from airports around the world

Anil Polat: “[Here] is a regularly updated map of all the airport wireless and lounge passwords you send and I come across on my travels. I’ll still be updating the original how to get wireless passwords from airports page with this information as well but now you can search around on the map directly.” Continue Reading

New Report – US Could Reach Peak Car Ownership By 2020

PRWeb: “The auto industry faces transformative times ahead, with potential for the United States market to reach peak car ownership by 2020, according to a new Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report released [September 26, 2016]. The report, Peak Car Ownership, outlines what to expect as the United States moves away from the traditional model of… Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. September 21, 2016. “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, provides Iran broad relief from U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors. Sanctions were suspended or lifted upon the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certification on… Continue Reading

Will FAA take over non-military control of space traffic control “The Federal Aviation Administration might be extending its commercial air traffic control responsibilities into space. The House passed a bill Sept. 22 by a vote of 425-0 to investigate what role the FAA might play in directing commercial and foreign space traffic. The bill would authorize a study of the impact such a shift… Continue Reading

Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

US Department of Transportation: “As the digital era increasingly reaches deeper into transportation, our task at the U.S. Department of Transportation is not only to keep pace, but to ensure public safety while establishing a strong foundation such that the rules of the road can be known, understood, and responded to by industry and the public.As the Department… Continue Reading

PwC – Cities of Opportunity

“The living city – London, Singapore, Toronto and Paris top the 2016 benchmark (our 7th edition) of the broad urban qualities that make 30 global business, finance and culture capitals successful. Beneath the headline results of who finishes first, however, findings show the heart of the city revolves around balanced social and economic strengths. And… Continue Reading

Volkswagen Engineer Pleads Guilty for His Role in Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests

DOJ news release: “James Robert Liang, a Volkswagen engineer, pleaded guilty today for his role in a nearly 10-year conspiracy to defraud U.S. regulators and U.S. Volkswagen customers by implementing software specifically designed to cheat U.S. emissions tests in hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen “clean diesel” vehicles, the Justice Department announced today.  Liang’s plea agreement… Continue Reading

US traffic fatalities up sharply in 2015 to 35,092

“The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015, ending a 5-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2% increase in deaths from 2014. The final data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed traffic deaths rising across nearly every segment of the population. The last single-year… Continue Reading

New devices allow any vehicle to transmit alerts for help after accidents – “…Devices like the Automatic Pro can bring almost any vehicle—even a jalopy you bought when *NSYNC was popular—into the smartphone age. They look like USB thumb drives and plug into the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD-II) port found in almost every almost every car sold in America since 1996. These ports are often hidden under… Continue Reading