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Problems dogging new high-tech air traffic system

A high-tech overhaul to the nation's air traffic control system is mostly on track to completion, but has yet to produce the benefits that airlines and passengers were told to expect, federal investigators say.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 10:00am EDT
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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

FAA again favors Cape Wind project off Mass. coast

The Federal Aviation Administration has again ruled that the Cape Wind wind farm off the Massachusetts coast poses no hazard to local airplanes.

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 09:56pm 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

Congress passes bill boosting pilots' rights

Pilots' rights when dealing with Federal Aviation Administration disciplinary proceedings would receive a boost under a bill passed by Congress on Monday.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 07:19pm EDT

Correction: Unmanned Aircraft-Rules story

In a story July 2 about a conduct code for operators of unmanned aircraft, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Boeing Co. subsidiary Insitu builds drones in Port Orange, Fla. An Insitu employee who was quoted in the story works for the company in that city, but drones are not built there.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 09:16pm EDT

Senators frustrated by FAA nominee's lack of specifics about delayed safety provisions

Acting administrator Michael Huerta had few answers for members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee concerning the FAA's lack of progress on pilot training and safety regulations. Huerta said the final directive is expected to be out by October 2013. He also said the NextGen system is making progress and establishing important baselines.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:48am EDT
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Despite reform, federal hiring process could be simpler

Former FAA human resources assistant administrator Ventris Gibson said hiring reforms over the last two years have made the process better, but there still is room for improvement.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 04:00pm EDT

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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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

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

FAA's low marks cast more doubt on 'NextGen': BGOV Insight

Contracting problems could slow the government's planned launch a new kind of air traffic control system. The plan is for NextGen to eventually replace radars with satellites that track planes. Bloomberg Government transportation policy expert Matt Zisman has taken a close look at the IG audit.

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 10:20am EDT
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USDA eyes airports for alternative energy production

Travis DeVault, project leader for USDA's National Wildlife Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the project.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 09:31am EDT
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FAA awards cyber contract to lock down personally identifiable information

The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen cybersecurity firm Lunarline to lock down personally identifiable information in its systems. The company says it'll help the agency prevent unauthorized access and disclosure of such material.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 02:07pm 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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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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