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Department of Transportation News

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

Former OMB official weighs in on LightSquared broadband controversy

Both the Defense and Transportation Departments have asked the FCC to rescind its decision allowing a Virginia company to set up a national broadband network.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 12:49pm EST

GSA tool helps agencies measure greenhouse gas emissions

Jennifer Hazelman, who manages GSA's Carbon Footprint Tool, explains how a simple commuter survey can help agencies find ways ways to reduce greenhouse gases at their work site or facility.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 12:00pm EST
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Officials: Broadband plan would disrupt GPS

Tests show that even the modified plans of the company LightSquared to start up a national high-speed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference with GPS signals, federal officials said in a letter released Friday.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 06:41pm EST

Analysis: Prioritizing key to VanRoekel's future success

Dan Mintz, former Transportation Department CIO, found much to like in Steven VanRoekel's first major speech.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 04:37pm EDT
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GAO's recs to get FAA's Next Gen back on track

The Federal Aviation Administration's Next Gen system is falling behind its timeline to meet a 2012 deadline.

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 05:50pm EDT
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Experts: QR codes could pose cyber threats

The use of QR codes is building momentum in government. But some cyber experts are warning agencies that some of them could pose cyber threats.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 11:24am EDT

No big cuts in FAA reauthorization but also no backpay

Pete Kasperowicz, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper, joined the Federal Drive to discuss some of the provisions that the final FAA reauthorization bill will likely contain.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 10:48am EDT
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