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Amazon owns the e-commerce market and soon the delivery of products too?

Via ReCode – “Macquarie estimates that Amazon accounts for half of all sales growth in U.S. e-commerce, meaning online retailers not named Amazon are battling for around 50 cents of every new $1 spent online. As if that weren’t enough, Amazon also accounts for about a quarter of every new $1 of growth in allContinue Reading

America’s 10 best new bike lanes of 2015

People for Bikes: “In its 2010 ranking of the country’s best biking cities, Bicycling Magazine opened with a question: Remember when a striped bike lane was a big deal? Five years later, it’s time for an update. Remember when plastic posts were a big deal? We still love separating bike lanes with posts, and preferenceContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Air Travel and Communicable Diseases

Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Comprehensive Federal Plan Needed for U.S. Aviation System’s Preparedness, GAO-16-127: Published: Dec 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2015. Federal Judiciary: Improvements Needed for Collecting Judges’ Non-Case-Related Travel Information, GAO-16-70: Published: Dec 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2015. Internet Protocol Transition: FCC Should Strengthen Its Data Collection Efforts toContinue Reading

FAA Announces Small Drone Registration Rule

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras. The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAAContinue Reading

Drone Sightings and Close Encounters: An Analysis

“The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College is an interdisciplinary research institution founded in 2012 that examines the novel and complex opportunities and challenges presented by unmanned technologies in both the military and civilian sphere.” Drone Sightings and Close Encounters: An Analysis, Dan Gettinger, Arthur Holland Michel. 2015. “This report representsContinue Reading

Washingtonian reports on the downward spiral of Metro

The Infuriating History of How Metro Got So Bad – By Luke Mullins and Michael Gaynor on December 9, 2015. “Washingtonians used to celebrate Metro with a boosterish pride. But over the past decade, griping about rush-hour meltdowns had become a staple of office water-cooler conversations. Compared with the safety improvements that board members were touting,Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Transportation, Environmental Satellites, Government Efficiency and Effectiveness, Nuclear Weapons Sustainment

Army Corps of Engineers: Actions Needed to Improve Cost Sharing for Dam Safety Repairs, GAO-16-106: Published: Dec 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2015. Defense Transportation: DOD Needs to Improve the Evaluation of Safety and Performance Information for Carriers Transporting Security-Sensitive Materials, GAO-16-82: Published: Dec 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2015. Environmental Satellites: LaunchContinue Reading

Pedestrians and Cyclists: Cities, States, and DOT Are Implementing Actions to Improve Safety

Pedestrians and Cyclists: Cities, States, and DOT Are Implementing Actions to Improve Safety, GAO-16-66: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2015. “Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and injuries represent a growing percentage of all traffic fatalities and injuries. For example, pedestrian fatalities comprised 10.9 percent of all traffic deaths nationwide in 2004, but 14.5Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Aviation Finance, Climate Information, Medicaid Financing

Aviation Finance: Observations on the Effects of Budget Uncertainty on FAA, GAO-16-198R: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2015. Climate Information: A National System Could Help Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector Decision Makers Use Climate Information, GAO-16-37: Published: Nov 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2015. Medicaid Financing: Questionnaire Data on States’Continue Reading

The first worldwide air map

“As the UN Summit on Climate Change ramps up in Paris, Plume Labs, a maker of environmental software for health and well being, announced today the launch of its World Air Map, a live map of air pollution around the world. The data revolution can help policymakers cut air pollution and communities take back controlContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Maritime Transportation

Afghanistan: State and USAID Should Evaluate Actions Taken to Mitigate Effects of Attrition among Local Staff, GAO-16-100: Published: Dec 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2015: “Resignations of Afghan local staff at the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) after receiving a special immigrant visa (SIV) reached their highestContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Aquatic Invasive Species, IRS Whistleblower Program, K-12 Education, Nursing Home Quality, Transportation Infrastructure

Aquatic Invasive Species: Additional Steps Could Help Measure Federal Progress in Achieving Strategic Goals, GAO-16-49: Published: Nov 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015: “Aquatic invasive species—harmful, nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms living in aquatic habitats—damage ecosystems or threaten commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities.” IRS Whistleblower Program: Billions Collected, but Timeliness and Communication Concerns MayContinue Reading