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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.

Tags: management , Michael Huerta , Keith BieryGolick , Jared Serbu , Congress , NextGen , Air Transportation System , John Rockefeller , Frank Lautenberg , Senate Commerce , Science and Transportation Commi , whistleblower , OSC

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.

Tags: hiring reform , Ventris Gibson , KSA , workforce , Keith BieryGolick , Government Performance Summit

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 04:00pm 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 , DoT , Department of Agriculture

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

Tags: NextGen , BRAC , workforce , management , David Grizzle , Air Traffic Organization , Paul Rinaldi , National Association of Air Traffic Controllers , Department of Transportation , inspectors general , Jared Serbu

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:12am EDT
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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.

Tags: Transportation Department , Carolyn Lerner , OSC , Federal Drive , whistleblower

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.

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

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

Tags: Bloomberg , NextGen , Matthew Zisman

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 10:20am EDT
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