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Department of Transportation News

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

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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