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New federal oversight of subways, buses replaces state 'patchwork'

The Federal Transit Administration now has the authority to set safety standards under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or MAP-21.

Tags: Peter Rogoff , FTA , transit systems , oversight , Congress , budget , Metro , MARC , VRE , Federal Drive , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 09:54am EDT
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DoT CIO Pradhan stepping down

Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan is stepping down at the end of this month.

Tags: Nitin Pradhan , CTO , technology , people , Tim Schmidt

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 12:48pm 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.

Tags: mass-transit benefit , Congress , NTEU , tax break , Colleen Kelly , Jolie Lee

Friday - 06/29/2012, 03:35pm EDT

FAA to move to cloud for email, collaboration

The Federal Aviation Administration has signed a deal to move 60,000 of its employees to the cloud. The contract will also support 20,000 workers at the Department of Transportation. The seven-year, $91 million agreement will migrate the FAA to a cloud system using Microsoft's Office 365 software as a service suite for email, collaboration, calendaring and other online productivity apps. For its implementation, FAA settled on a private cloud model. The Agriculture Department began moving its employees to the same Microsoft platform last year.

Tags: Cloud First Report , technology , FAA , Department of Agriculture

Friday - 06/15/2012, 01:01pm EDT

Feds' satisfaction with pay dips after two-year freeze

Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service. Although higher-ranking feds were most satisfied with their pay, the highest-ranking feds those at the SES level had the biggest dip in pay satisfaction over the previous year.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , FDIC , NASA , NRC , OPM , EPA , GSA , State , SBA , SSA , education , Labor , TSA

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 08:00pm EDT

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.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Transportation , Federal Drive

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

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.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , Office of Special Counsel , FAA , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Ray Lahood , Michael OConnell

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

Transportation Department aims to revive U.S. rail car building

The DOT issued a request for proposals for 130 new bi-level cars for intercity Amtrak routes. The buy is potentially worth $551 million

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Railroad Administration

Monday - 04/23/2012, 08:51am 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.

Tags: House , Transportation , pay and benefits , retirement

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

Tags: David Conley , FAA Managers Association , FAA , Federal Drive , AT-SAP

Monday - 03/26/2012, 08:30am EDT
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