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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 4, 2013

Certified financial planner talks about Thrift Savings Plan numbers for 2012. Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments sheds light on DoD's recent shopping spree. Jim Treat of the Census Bureau discusses the Web-first approach to the American Community Survey. Attorney Sandy Hoe discusses a recent case in which a contractor sued the Air Force. Dr. Gerald Dillingham of the GAO talks about possible changes in leadership at the FAA.

Tags: Arthur Stein , TSP , Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Jim Treat , Census Bureau , American Community Survey , Sandy Hoe , McKenna, Long & Aldridge , Gerald Dillingham , GAO , FAA , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/04/2013, 08:39am EST

FAA chief says voting claim under federal review

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says an independent federal agency is investigating allegations that FAA managers in Seattle urged employees to vote Democratic in the upcoming election.FAA acting Administrator Michael Huerta says no one from his agency or elsewhere in the Obama administration gave such directions about how to vote.

Tags: FAA , Hatch Act , OSC ,

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 04:10pm EDT

FAA to study use of electronics on planes

In March the FAA raised hopes that it might loosen rules for electronic devices by saying it would "explore ways to bring together all of the key stakeholders involved."

Tags: FAA , technology , Federal Drive , Transportation

Monday - 08/27/2012, 05:53pm EDT

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 , FAA , 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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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.

Tags: FAA , Randy Babbitt , Transportation , NextGen

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 09:26pm EDT