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Rep. Bill Shuster’s Air Traffic Control Privatization Bill Draws FAA Modernization Concerns

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Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has introduced a bill that seeks to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system amid what he calls “inefficient” modernization efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration, USA Today reported Wednesday. Bart Jansen writes that Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said the proposed Aviation Innovation, Reform, …

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Texas Seeks Input on Small Surveillance Balloons

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The Texas Department of Public Safety has kicked off search for small surveillance balloons intended to help detect drug trafficking and smuggling on the border, Valley Central reported Friday. Dave Hendricks writes the department released a request for information in December for what it describes as light-weight and “rapidly deployable …

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GPO Builds New Online Repository for US Gov’t Publications

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The Government Publishing Office has unveiled a beta website that offers a wide range of federal government reports and other documents for public access, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Grayson Ullman writes govinfo.gov will replace the agency’s online Federal Digital System portal by 2017 and contains more than 1.5 million electronic government publications such as …

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GAO: OMB, Treasury Should Clarify Some Federal Spending Data Definitions for DATA Act Implementation

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The Government Accountability Office reports that some definitions that the Office of Management and Budget and Treasury Department issued for 57 federal spending data items could lead to inconsistency in reporting. GAO said in a January report that most of the definitions issued as part of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of …

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