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Safety Report – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Safety Report and Subway Tunnel Safety – “In response to concerns regarding the safety performance of WMATA, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conducted an organization-wide Safety Management Inspection (SMI) of the Metrorail and Metrobus systems to assess WMATA’s safety programs and compliance with its own procedures and rules, existingContinue Reading

Review of the FAA’s Certification Research Plan

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently undertaking a broad program known as Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to develop, introduce, and certify new technologies into the National Airspace System. NextGen is a fundamentally transformative change that is being implemented incrementally over a period of many years. Currently, the FAA is putting into placeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Security, Missouri River Basin

Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Oversight of Key Programs, but Additional Actions Are Needed, GAO-15-678T: Published: Jun 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2015: “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken steps to improve oversight of Secure Flight—a passenger prescreening program that matches passenger information against watch lists and assigns each passengerContinue Reading

Copenhagenize Index 2015 Edition

“The Copenhagenize Index 2015 – the world’s most comprehensive inventory and ranking of bicycle-friendly cities. As with the 2011 and 2013 Indexes, it was a long, arduous process but it was, of course, inspiring, thought-provoking, and at times, surprising. One thing is certain – we are always surprised. Every year, the Copenhagenize Index evolves. AContinue Reading

The Essential Federal Role in Highway Research and Innovation

“[Transportation Research Board] TRB Special Report 317: The Essential Federal Role in Highway Research and Innovation summarizes conclusions and advice on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) critical role in highway research, development, and technology (RD&T) that have been developed over the years by TRB’s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC).  The RTCC is charged toContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – International Space Station, Sequestration

International Space Station: Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory, GAO-15-397: Published: Apr 27, 2015. Publicly Released: May 27, 2015: “The U.S. has spent almost $43 billion to develop, assemble, and operate the ISS over the past two decades. The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 required NASA to enterContinue Reading

Justice Department Releases Drone Privacy Guidance

EPIC – “The Justice Department has released extensive “Policy Guidance” for the use of drones by federal agencies. The Guidance bans the use of drones to monitor activities protected by the First Amendment, requires routine logs of drone use, and requires the protection of civil liberties and privacy in all cases. However, the Guidance “doesContinue Reading

Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods

Kaufman, Sarah and Moss, Mitchell L. and Tyndall, Justin and Hernandez, Jorge, Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods (December 29, 2014). NYU Wagner Research Paper No. 2598566. Available for download at SSRN: “Although public transit provides access to jobs throughout the New York City region, there are actually substantial inequalities in mobility.Continue Reading

National Recall of Takata Air Bags

“If your vehicle is manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or Toyota, you might be affected by a national recall on air bags. Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website using the VIN search tool to confirm whether your individual vehicle is affected by this recall, or by searching by VIN onContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Finance, Domestic Food Assistance, Federal Employees Compensation, Older Adults, Surface Ships

Airport Finance: Information on Funding Sources and Planned Capital Development, GAO-15-306: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: May 20, 2015. Army Force Structure: Observations about Aviation Restructuring and Other Relevant Force Structure Challenges, D10389: May 20, 2015 Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits, GAO-15-168R: Published: Apr 20, 2015. Publicly Released: May 20, 2015. DomesticContinue Reading

2015 Cars Gain MPGs, CAFE Goals in Reach if Gains Continue

“According to a new Consumer Federation of America analysis of 1,163 of this year’s new vehicles, fuel efficiency continues to increase for 2015 on a model by model basis. However, individual car company fleets, are backsliding on their overall fuel economy performance. From 2014 to 2015, the percent of vehicles with an Environmental Protection AgencyContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Nutrition Assistance, Rural Housing, School Meals, Aviation Safety, Defense Contracting, Regulatory Guidance Process

Afghanistan: Embassy Construction Cost and Schedule Have Increased, and Further Facilities Planning Is Needed, GAO-15-410: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Nutrition Assistance: Actions Needed to Address Potential Online Sales of Infant Formula, GAO-15-605T: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Rural Housing Service: Progress on GAO Recommendations and PreliminaryContinue Reading