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Department of Transportation News

LA mayor shoots down rumors of Cabinet position

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is putting an end to rumors that he's up for a Cabinet position in the Obama administration.

Friday - 02/01/2013, 09:36pm EST

LaHood departure leaves another vacancy in Cabinet

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who lifted the profile of distracted driving as a national safety concern, is stepping down, presenting President Barack Obama with another Cabinet vacancy at the start of his second term.

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 03:44pm EST

Highest ranked agencies distinguished by strong leadership

NASA, the Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation share a common trait that led them to the top ranking for their size class in the Partnership for Public Service's seventh annual Best Places to Work survey. Transportation, OMB and the National Credit Union Administration earn the most improved status by implementing the best practices of the leading agencies.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 05:42am EST
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Test your knowledge of government

So, just what does an air traffic controller do? How do they become ATC and how many are there? Short answer: They control air traffic, its hard work and probably not enough of them. For details check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 02:00am EDT

New federal oversight of subways, buses replaces state 'patchwork'

The Federal Transit Administration now has the authority to set safety standards under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or MAP-21.

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 09:54am EDT
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6-month spending bill clears Senate hurdle

A spending bill required to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month has cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:06pm EDT

FAA to study use of electronics on planes

In March the FAA raised hopes that it might loosen rules for electronic devices by saying it would "explore ways to bring together all of the key stakeholders involved."

Monday - 08/27/2012, 05:53pm EDT

DoT CIO Pradhan stepping down

Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan is stepping down at the end of this month.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 12:48pm EDT

White House offers states $470M for roads, bridges

The Obama administration is making nearly half a billion dollars in unspent highway funds available to states that promise to use the money to create jobs and improve transportation.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 01:45pm EDT

FAA cuts could trigger $20 billion blow to national economy

The Federal Aviation Administration is slated to lose $1 billion from its budget if Congress does not act to prevent sequestration, according to a study released by the Aerospace Industries Association. But the cuts would ripple throughout the nation's economy. About 100,000 jobs throughout the economy would be lost.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 10:54pm EDT
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FAA suspends operation that led to near-collision

The Federal Aviation Administration will bar airports nationwide from using a traffic-reversing operation that led to a close call last week at an airport near the nation's capital.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 02:55pm EDT

VA, GSA each pushes major IT acquisitions to next steps

The Veterans Affairs Department will award a $5 billion IT hardware contract in the next two months. GSA will release a request for information for cybersecurity tools in the coming days. Both are examples of a healthy and busy fourth quarter for acquisition.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 06:01am EDT

Sammies finalist investigates transportation accidents

James Cash of the National Transportation Safety Board's Office of Research and Engineering uses his technical expertise to uncover the causes of transportation accidents.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 11:15am EDT
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OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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Obama signs highway, student loan deal with phased retirement

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday maintaining jobs on transportation projects and preventing interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, saying it would "make a real difference" for millions of Americans.

Friday - 07/06/2012, 06:07pm EDT

DoT grants to simplify how veterans find transportation options

The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative provided $29 million to increase access to information about public transportation options for veterans and their families. The Federal Transit Administration awarded grants covering 64 projects in 33 states and one territory Monday.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 06:53pm EDT

Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill

The bill sent for President Barack Obama's signature enables just over $100 billion to be spent on highway, mass transit and other transportation programs over the next two years, projects that would have expired Saturday without congressional action.

Friday - 06/29/2012, 08:26pm EDT

Mass-transit subsidy not in highway bill, but not dead yet

A tax break for mass-transit riders is not part of the transportation reauthorization bill Congress passed Friday.

Friday - 06/29/2012, 03:35pm EDT

Fed benefits spared in highway, student loan deal

Congress passed a bill Friday to overhaul federal highway programs and extend student loan interest rates. Federal employees' retirement benefits appear to be spared in the deal. The legislation also allows the Department of Transportation to avoid furloughing 3,500 employees and halting hundreds of thousands of constructions projects.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 10:47am EDT

Lawmakers reach tentative deal on highway bill

Congressional leaders have tentatively agreed on a two-year bill to overhaul federal highway programs that drops a requirement that the government approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 03:21pm EDT
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