FISCAL YEAR 2014 AGREED-UPON PROCEDURES: Excise Tax Distributions to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and the Highway Trust Fund

GAO performed the procedures contained in the enclosures to this report, which it agreed to perform solely to assist the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General in ascertaining whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) and the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, […]

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Not another traffic jam!

Dear Colleague,
Our nation currently suffers from an infrastructure crisis. For years, we have refused to put our money where our mouth is and we have let our highways, roads and bridges literally crumble around us.

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Restore Aviation Safety By Hiring the Most Qualified Air Traffic Controllers

Dear Colleague,
In December 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started an initiative to replace more than 10,000 air traffic controllers over the next ten years. For decades, the FAA has relied on veterans with aviation experience and graduates of accredited colleges and universities known as Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) schools, to prepare and train new air traffic controllers. These procedures ensured that the agency produced highly qualified and dedicated individuals to secure the safety of the nation’s skies.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Contain Ebola and Stop the Epidemic Act

Dear Colleague:

On September 20, 2014, a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan departed Liberia and arrived in Dallas, Texas. Duncan was infected with the Ebola virus before he entered our country and passed away while being treated at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. Now, two Dallas nurses who treated Duncan have tested positive for Ebola. President Obama’s comments that it is “highly unlikely” that Ebola would reach our shores has proven exactly wrong.

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Ebola in the Homeland: The Importance of Effective International, Federal, State and Local Coordination

Opening Statements Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Chairman Opening Statement [PDF] Witnesses Panel I Dr. Toby Merlin Director, Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infection National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Witness Testimony [PDF] Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, MD, MPH, FACEP Acting Assistant […]

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Ask FAA to Provide Certainty to Unmanned Aerial Systems Industry

Dear Colleague:

The potential applications of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology are seemingly endless. Beyond military capabilities, UAS technology is used to improve agricultural practices and to shoot Hollywood movies. But inaction by the FAA on developing guidelines for commercial application of the technology is a drag on innovation and growth in the industry. Please join me in sending a letter to FAA urging them to give certainty to the industry through clear guidelines for integrating commercial UAS into the national airspace.

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Bike Caucus Briefing–DOT’s New Bike/Ped Safety Initiative

Dear Colleague,
Last year 5,469 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. The number of fatalities, in fact, is increasing even as overall traffic fatalities decline. It is clear that a renewed focus on this issue is necessary. Last month, the US Department of Transportation announced a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian safety initiative. The DOT will be conducting walking and biking assessments in each community and creating tools and research for local governments to use to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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