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GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, General Aviation, Ground System Development Problems

Defense Infrastructure: In-Kind Construction and Renovation Projects Initiated by DOD during Fiscal Year 2013, GAO-15-649: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2015. General Aviation: Observations Related to Liability Insurance Requirements and Coverage for Aircraft Owners, GAO-15-740: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2015. GPS: Actions Needed to Address Ground System DevelopmentContinue Reading

Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security 2015 Report to Congress

Via FedBizOpps: “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Capabilities is presenting the Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan. The Plan was prepared pursuant to a requirement in Section 1611 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296), as amended by Section 3 of the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act (P.L. 113-245). It presentsContinue Reading

Amtrak IG – Progress Made Implementing Positive Train Control, but Significant Challenges Remain

Amtrak IG Audit – Safety and Security – Progress Made Implementing Positive Train Control, but Significant Challenges Remain, 06/19/2015. OIG-A-2015-013 “The tragic derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, continues to raise many questions, ranging from causation to safety systems that could have mitigated the excessive speed. In view of theContinue Reading

Bicycle Trauma Injuries and Hospital Admissions in the United States, 1998-2013

JAMA. 2015;314(9):947-949. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8295  (fee req’d) “This study uses National Electronic Injury Surveillance System data to describe trends in adult cycling injuries and related hospital admissions in the United States. Cycling is associated with many health benefits, but also with the risk of injury. Trends in bicycle-related injuries are difficult to assess because the majority ofContinue Reading

GAO Report – Next Generation Air Transportation System

Next Generation Air Transportation System: Improved Risk Analysis Could Strengthen FAA’s Global Interoperability Efforts, GAO-15-608: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2015: “Aviation industry stakeholders GAO interviewed described various factors that may affect the interoperability of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)—a complex, long-term initiative to modernize the U.S. air-traffic management (ATM)Continue Reading

The Internet of Things – 50 Billions Connected Devices and Objects by the Year 2020

OCLC – NextSpace 24 – Libraries and the Internet of Things: “A world divided by the prospect of a world connected . The simplest definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) might be: real-world objects connected to the Internet, sending and receiving data. But beyond that, there is little consensus on what the specific technicalContinue Reading

GAO Report – Vehicle Safety Inspections

Vehicle Safety Inspections: Improved DOT Communication Could Better Inform State Programs, GAO-15-705: Published: Aug 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2015: “According to officials GAO interviewed from 15 state vehicle safety inspection programs, these programs enhance vehicle safety; however, the benefits and costs of such programs are difficult to quantify. State officials told GAO thatContinue Reading

Professor Latanya Sweeney Launches New Privacy and Technology Journa

EPIC – “Harvard Professor Dr. Latanya Sweeney has launched Technology Science, a new online journal for “original material dealing primarily with a social, political, personal, or organizational benefit or adverse consequence of technology.” Among other papers, Technology Science currently features research on Facebook Messenger’s geolocation collection and disclosure, medical privacy, and price discrimination in internationalContinue Reading

GAO Reports – SEC Conflict Minerals Rule, Unmanned Aerial Systems, U.S. Savings Bonds

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Initial Disclosures Indicate Most Companies Were Unable to Determine the Source of Their Conflict Minerals, GAO-15-561: Published: Aug 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2015. Unmanned Aerial Systems: FAA Continues Progress toward Integration into the National Airspace, GAO-15-610: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 2015. U.S. Savings Bonds: FutureContinue Reading

FAA software glitch heavily impacted east coast air travel

News release: “The FAA identified a recent software upgrade at the Leesburg, VA, high-altitude radar facility as the source of Saturday’s automation problems. The agency is working closely with its contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp., to prevent future occurrences.  Despite the outage, air traffic controllers safely handled 70 to 88 percent of Saturday’s scheduled arrivals andContinue Reading

Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013

Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2015, August 13, 2015, Report Number: ACS-32, Brian McKenzie “The automobile has played a fundamental role in shaping where we live and how we get around. It has influenced the form and density of our communities and expanded the geographic range of daily travel.Continue Reading

Census Bureau Releases Commuting Report and Table Package

“Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report, Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States, 2013, which looks at commuting by private vehicle. The report highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, place of birth and the types of communities in which workersContinue Reading