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11:15 pm, March 31, 2015

Department of Transportation News

Federal CIO Scott to pilot IT initiatives toward smooth landings

Tony Scott, the new federal chief information officer, said in his first public speech his priorities are to ensure existing administration technology efforts are successful. But Scott offered some insights into tweaks and focus areas.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:22am EDT
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Christopher Hart, Director, National Transportation Safety Board

The Senate confirmed Christopher Hart as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He had been the acting chairman since April. when his predecessor Deborah Hersman left. A lawyer and well-known aviation safety expert, Hart held several senior jobs at the FAA. He was also an NTSB board member in the early 1990s. Just before his confirmation, Hart spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how the board is handling what's turned out to be a busy year.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
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CIO Council to try to deepen the pool of IT workers

A new survey from the Chief Information Officers and Chief Human Capital Officers councils shows most agencies are finding the pool of job candidates to choose from is too shallow. Darren Ash and Richard McKinney, the co-chairmen of the CIO Council's Workforce Committee, said 75 percent of agency IT managers and human resource executives responding to the survey said they couldn't recruit the necessary talent to do mission critical work.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:15am EDT
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CIO Council in search of GS 9-13s for IT Solutions Challenge

A new initiative from the Chief Information Officer's Council seeks to solve IT acquisition challenges by bringing together small groups of mid-level feds. The groups will try to take a different approach to these long-standing problems.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:38am EST

How former Director Maria Roat bought into FedRAMP

Maria Roat, former FedRAMP director and current CTO at Transportation, sat down with the Women of Washington radio show to discuss her work on FedRAMP and the challenges she faced in its implementation.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 02:07pm EST

How Obama would spend your money in 2016, agency by agency

How Obama wants to spend Americans' money next year: an agency-by-agency look

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:39am EST

Maria Roat, Chief Technology Officer, Transportation Department

Agencies are slowly realizing the benefits of cloud computing don't rest in real dollar savings. Agencies like the Transportation Department should expect the move to cloud services to provide mission-focused value instead. Maria Roat, DOT's chief technology officer, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how agencies are changing their expectations of cloud computing.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Agencies not seeing dollar signs in the cloud

Transportation and DISA CTOs say cloud computing may not deliver the savings many expected. Instead, the value of moving to the cloud is the ability to modernize apps, scaling up and down on demand and taking advantage of the agility and speed to get services to market.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:25am EST
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Does CIO stand for 'chief information officer' or 'career is over'?

With the challenges that chief information officers face today, it is worth asking whether becoming a CIO is worth the work and jeopardy it seems to entail, says former FAA IT leader Bob Woods in a new commentary.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:07am EST

Agencies have a long way to go to reach data-centricity

USDA, DHS and Transportation are taking steps to implement OMB's May 2013 open data policy. Each agency faces policy and process challenges, but they say progress is starting.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:04am EST
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Brian Miller, Navigant

Former General Services Administration official Jeff Neely is under indictment for conduct around the Las Vegas conference scandal, and for other misconduct. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration and a former prosecutor. He led the investigation into Jeff Neely's conduct. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the significance of an indictment from a legal perspective.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:43pm EDT
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DoT's move into shared services buoyed by better trained IT workforce

Richard McKinney, the Transportation Department chief information officer, said he reduced contractor-federal employee IT workforce ratio to 1-to-1 from 5-to-1. He said better training and governance will help the agency centralize certain computer network services.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:50am EDT

Why busy women get things done

Linda Washington, former assistant secretary for Administration at the Department of Transportation, discusses the importance of being inclusive within federal agencies on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 09:36am EDT

Brian Miller, Navigant & Cal Scovel, IG, Transportation Department

The spotlight is on the gederal government's Inspector General community. Coverage in the news media isn't common for IGs in government, nor is a chance to learn more about how they do their jobs. Brian Miller is former IG at the General Services Administration and Calvin Scovel is the Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Cal described the overall mission and work done by his office on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Calvin Scovel III, Matthew Hampton, Transportation Department

The Federal Aviation Administration will not meet its deadline for safely integrating all drones in the U.S. An inspector general report finds that the FAA has failed to establish a regulatory framework for training and certification of drone pilots. Cal Scovel is the inspector general for the Transportation Department, and Matt Hampton is the assistant inspector general for aviation. Scovel explained the Congressional mandate that FAA has to meet when he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 07:00am EDT
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FAA OKs commercial drone flights over land

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 10:58pm EDT

DoT technology research to lead to safer drivers, roadways

Greg Winfree, the assistant secretary for research and technology at the Transportation Department, said government-funded research into vehicle-to-vehicle infrastructure communication technologies could help reduce the 32,000 roadway fatalities that happen annually.
April 24, 2014

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 08:57am EDT
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DoT refocuses SES leaders to address shortcomings, improve skills

The Transportation Department is using 360-degree reviews and executive coaching to help members of the Senior Executive Service become better leaders. DoT is focusing on leadership, in part, because it was one of the areas of improvement highlighted in the Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 03:54am EST
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Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

Feds announce drone testing sites in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 06:44pm EST
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