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GAO Reports – Federal Protective Service, HUBZone Program, IRS Referral Programs, 2015 Lobbying Disclosure

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

GAO Report – Vehicle Safety and NHTSA’s Oversight of Safety Defects

Vehicle Safety: Enhanced Project Management of New Information Technology Could Help Improve NHTSA’s Oversight of Safety Defects, GAO-16-312: Published: Feb 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016: “NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce the economic costs due to traffic crashes. As such, NHTSA is responsible for overseeing vehicle safety, a taskContinue Reading

FBI and NHTSA issue warning – Motor Vehicles Increasingly Vulnerable to Remote Exploits

PSA – “Modern motor vehicles often include new connected vehicle technologies that aim to provide benefits such as added safety features, improved fuel economy, and greater overall convenience. Aftermarket devices are also providing consumers with new features to monitor the status of their vehicles. However, with this increased connectivity, it is important that consumers andContinue Reading

FHWA Announces New Safety Performance Measures, Including Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) [March 14, 2016] published new safety performance measures as part of its national safety program, calling for state and regional targets to help reduce highway deaths and injuries, including for the first time, those among people walking and bicycling. The new regulations call for improved dataContinue Reading

INRIX 2015 Traffic Scorecard

“Urbanization continues to drive increased congestion in many major cities worldwide. Strong economies, population growth, higher employment rates and declining gas prices have resulted in more drivers on the road – and more time wasted in traffic. The INRIX 2015 Traffic Scorecard analyzes and compares the state of traffic congestion in countries and 100 majorContinue Reading

Note to DC, MD, VA Commuters – All Metrorail service will be suspended Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections

“Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld, with support from the Authority’s Board of Directors, today announced the full closure of the Metrorail system on Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables following an early morning tunnel fire yesterday. The inspections of approximately 600 “jumper cables” will occur along all tunnelContinue Reading

D.C. Area’s Housing Prices Based On Proximity To Metro Stations

via dcist: Christina SturdivantLooking to purchase a home near the Metro? Properties close to certain stations are considerably cheaper than others, according to real estate search site Estately, which analyzed pricing info from the last six months of home sales near each of the area’s stations. Today, the site released data showing a $700,000 priceContinue Reading

Alternatives for Making Federal Highway Spending More Productive

“Presentation by Chad Shirley, CBO’s Deputy Assistant Director for Microeconomic Studies, at the Transportation Policy & Finance Summit of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). Federal spending on highways (or, synonymously, roads) totaled $46 billion in 2014, roughly a quarter of total public spending on highways. But that spending does not correspond veryContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Weather Satellites, Emergency Communications, Stewardship of Clinical Trials, Space Acquisitions

Defense Weather Satellites: Analysis of Alternatives Is Useful for Certain Capabilities, but Ineffective Coordination Limited Assessment of Two Critical Capabilities, GAO-16-252R: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2016. Emergency Communications: Actions Needed to Better Coordinate Federal Efforts in the National Capital Region, GAO-16-249: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2016. EnergyContinue Reading

Google Flights

“You can start using Google Flights in Google Search from your mobile device, tablet, or computer. Google Flights helps you find the best deals and routes for air travel.” Users may discover destinations without choosing specific travel destinations or dates – users may choose to travel during a specific season, combined with range of datesContinue Reading

Opportunity Project – working together to increase opportunity by harnessing the power of data

“In early 2016, the White House, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development facilitated a process in which tech developers worked with subject matter experts and cities to build digital tools that help families, community leaders, local officials, and the media to access what they need to thrive. This effortContinue Reading

Sales of Cars and Car Parts Dealers at $1 Trillion

“Car and car parts dealers (NAICS 441) had sales of $1.0 trillion, representing an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year, according to new statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Annual Retail Trade Survey. Statistics presented for the entire retail trade sector show (NAICS 44-45) food services and drinking places (NAICSContinue Reading