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LaHood: "We don't want this to go another day"

The FAA's funding limbo continues. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood joined the Federal Drive with an update.

Tuesday - 07/26/2011, 08:41am EDT
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Partisan dispute partially shuts down FAA

Efforts to avert a shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration failed Friday amid a disagreement over a $16.5 million cut in subsidies to 13 rural communities, ensuring that nearly 4,000 people will be temporarily out of work and federal airline ticket taxes will be suspended.

Saturday - 07/23/2011, 04:28pm EDT

What FAA shutdown means for workers, ticket prices

WTOP Capitol Hill Correspondent Dave McConnell joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss why the FAA funding bill was stymied by Congress and what the impending partial shutdown means.

Friday - 07/22/2011, 06:18pm EDT
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LaHood on shutdown showdown at FAA

A shutdown may be coming at the FAA. The Federal Drive gets the latest on that situation from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Friday - 07/22/2011, 11:20am EDT
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Kundra seeks broader vendor pool

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says contractors must balance collaboration with security

Monday - 07/18/2011, 07:28pm EDT
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Congress clears short-term FAA funding bill

Imagine going for more than three years without a permanent authorization bill. The FAA has been doing it.

Wednesday - 06/29/2011, 01:05pm EDT
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How is mobile changing your workforce?

Federal News Radio looks at how rapid advances in mobile devices and applications are redefining what it means to be a federal manager on the go, with panelists Simon Szykman at Commerce and the FAA's Robert Corcoran.

Friday - 05/27/2011, 03:53pm EDT
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FAA fires 2 controllers for sleeping on job

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has fired air traffic controllers in Miami and Knoxville, Tenn., for sleeping on the job.

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 09:29pm EDT

FAA suspends controller for watching movie on duty

An air traffic controller has been suspended for watching a movie when he was supposed to be monitoring aircraft, deepening the Federal Aviation Administration's embarrassment following at least five cases of controllers sleeping on the job.

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 07:04am EDT

Partnership lowers the sky high cost of NextGen

As a public-private partnership, the NextGen Equipage Fund, LLC will bring substantial private-sector capital to overcome the investment barriers that have prevented many air carriers and other operators from investing in the NextGen technologies for their aircraft. ITT's John Kefaliotis explains.

Monday - 04/18/2011, 10:41am EDT
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Will iPad replace your work computer?

Carolina Milanesi of Gartner discusses Apple's domination of the tablet market.

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 05:30pm EDT
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FAA concerned over bandwidth, not security with iPads

The Air Traffic Organization is in the middle of one of the largest pilots in government testing mobile computing devices. ATO CIO Steve Cooper said business organizations must have a valid need to use the devices. Cooper said ATO will test other mobile devices this spring.

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 08:30pm EDT
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Congress continues negotiations; Feds frustration grows

President Obama expects to have an answer Friday morning about whether a shutdown can be averted. Meanwhile agencies have new guidance from OMB on how to prepare to close down their offices. Federal workers vent frustrations and ask questions during a town hall meeting sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran.

Friday - 04/08/2011, 07:08am EDT
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Applications Accepted for Fuel Cell R&D Grants

The Department of Energy is now accepting grant applications - for a total of up to $74 million dollars - to support the research and development of clean, reliable fuel cells. The solicitations include up to $65 million over three years to fund continued research and development on fuel cell components with the goal of reducing costs, improving their durability and increasing the efficiency of fuel cell systems. Fuel cells use the energy of hydrogen or other fuels to cleanly and efficiently produce electricity or heat with very few - and inert - byproducts. They can produce power in large stationary systems such as buildings or for vehicles such as commercial forklifts, buses and automobiles. Officials say the awards will help support U.S. leadership in the emerging global fuel cell market, while limiting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the country's reliance on fossil fuels.

Sunday - 01/09/2011, 02:22pm EST

NextGen Technology Enables Fastest, Safest Toy Delivery

Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, prior to its 2010 Christmas Eve delivery mission. Santa One - they report - is outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen technology, that allows Santa to deliver more toys to more children with improved safety and efficiency. Rudolph's nose has been outfitted with avionics that can broadcast Santa One's position to air traffic controllers around the world with improved accuracy. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says Santa's cockpit display is improved to help improve his situational awareness. Even as energy-efficient as the reindeer-powered sleigh already is, officials say NextGen technologies have further reduced Santa One's carbon hoofprint. Shorter, faster routings mean the reindeer consume less hay.

Monday - 12/27/2010, 11:20am EST

FAA certifies Santa's sleigh

Wednesday - 12/22/2010, 03:27pm EST
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FAA's Washington to retire after 33 years in government

Washington said he wants to pursue work in the commercial aviation industry.

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 02:54pm EST

USDA/FAA Support Production of Biofuels

The Federal Aviation Administration is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop alternatives to jet fuel.

The agencies will examine the availability of different kinds of feedstocks that could be processed by bio-refineries. Officials say, the development and deployment of alternative fuels is critical to achieving carbon neutral aviation growth by the year 2020.

As part of the effort, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the implementation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (or BCAP). That program reimburses farmers or other producers for the cost of planting and producing eligible renewable biomass crops - up to 75 percent - within specified areas.

To further stabilize the cost of jet fuel, the agencies have also entered a five year agreement to develop aviation fuel from forest and crop residues and other "green" feedstocks.

Monday - 11/01/2010, 07:39pm EDT

GAO: FAA needs better training strategy for technicians

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Federal Aviation Administration is taking steps to plan for and train its technician workforce but a more strategic approach is needed. Gerald Dillingham, the Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at GAO, discussed the report with the DorobekINSIDER.

Thursday - 10/28/2010, 04:15pm EDT
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