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Department of Transportation News

FAA promises to do more homework for future realignment decisions

Agency aims for better metrics to guide future facility closings, consolidations. The FAA has about two weeks to submit a report to Congress with recommendations to close facilities.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:12am EDT
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DoT seeks help in assessing vulnerability to cyber attacks

The Transportation Department is looking for help to test the strength of its air and ground transportation systems against cybersecurity threats.

Friday - 05/18/2012, 09:15am EDT

Judge dismisses DWI charges against ex-FAA chief

A judge on Thursday tossed out drunken driving charges against the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration after seeing video of the traffic stop and ruling that the officer had no legitimate reason to stop the driver.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 04:35pm EDT

Lerner: FAA failed to respond promptly to whistleblowers' concerns

Earlier this week, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner notified the president and Congress that the Department of Transportation had not acted promptly or sufficiently to complaints made by FAA whistleblowers.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 12:01pm EDT
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Special counsel letter details air safety concerns

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling attention to reports of safety lapses at some U.S. commercial aviation facilities. She also criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for delays in responding to whistleblower disclosures.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 09:48am EDT

Agency heads finding light at end of fed-bashing tunnel

Some departments are improving personnel practices around recruitment and knowledge management even in the face of pay freezes and criticisms of public servants. DHS created a higher education engagement group to bring in college students. GSA finds quality of applicants still strong. Senior leaders highlight successes during Public Service Recognition Week.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Highway bill enters legislative homestretch

Defying expectations, Congress has reached the homestretch on a major overhaul of federal transportation programs that is critical if the nation is to avoid steep cutbacks in highway and transit aid.

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 12:46pm EDT

Political pressure influenced FHA contract decision, court says

Virgin Island Paving Co. successfully sued the Federal Highway Administration, which had rejected the company's low bid for a road contract. The court found that FHA may have been under political pressure not to choose the company.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 11:59am EDT
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House highway bill is prelude to talks with Senate

The House on Wednesday approved a Republican bill aimed at keeping alive prospects for enacting an overhaul of federal transportation programs and continuing the flow of highway and transit aid to states.

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 06:52pm EDT

Obama signs stop-gap transportation bill

President Barack Obama has signed a three-month extension of a transportation bill to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing. The move prevents a widespread shutdown of construction projects.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 01:13pm EDT

Obama signs short-term highway bill, feds' retirement changes stalled

The House has passed a stopgap three-month transportation bill to keep federal aid flowing to construction projects delaying a vote on a larger bill that included increasing federal employees' retirement contributions.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 02:51pm EDT

Obama taps acting FAA chief to officially head agency

President Barack Obama has nominated Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, to officially head the agency. Huerta, the deputy FAA administrator, has led the agency on an acting basis since December when former FAA head Randy Babbitt resigned in the wake of a drunken driving arrest.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 09:26pm EDT

FAA extends reprisal-free safety reporting program

The Federal Aviation Administration has expanded a project that allows controllers who make a mistake to report the incident without fear of instant reprisal.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 08:30am EDT
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Obama calls for end of transportation showdown

President Barack Obama wants Congress to end a showdown that threatens to cut off federal highway and transit aid to states just as the spring construction season starts.

Saturday - 03/24/2012, 11:42am EDT

Transportation IG: FAA has made improvements in reporting jobs data under Recovery Act

Lou Dixon, the principal assistant inspector general for auditing and evaluation at the Office of the Inspector General for the Transportation Department, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a recent IG report on how FAA reported jobs data under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 07:36pm EDT
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Discretionary Budget Authority 2008-2013

A look at the discretionary budget authority for Cabinet-level agencies from 2008-2013.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:19am EST

House transportation bill lands in the ditch

A long-term blueprint for federal transportation programs was delayed Wednesday by House Speaker John Boehner as GOP leaders scramble to shore up support for the endangered measure.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 07:09pm EST

White House threatens veto of GOP's highway bill

After years of procrastination, the White House and Congress have suddenly boosted a long-term plan to improve the nation's roads, bridges and transit systems to the top of the political agenda.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 08:25pm EST

Congress OKs bill to prod US aviation into new era

After five years of legislative struggling, 23 stopgap measures and a two-week shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, Congress finally has passed a bill aimed at prodding the nation's aviation system into a new high-tech era in which satellites are central to air traffic control and piloted planes share the skies with unmanned drones.

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 02:42am EST

Unions denounce FAA bill compromise

Union leaders on Monday denounced a deal in Congress that would make it harder for them to organize airline and railroad workers, saying it was reached without their input.

Monday - 01/30/2012, 07:51pm EST
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