Tag Archives: Department of Transportation

Report: Cordell Schachter Joins DOT as Chief Information Officer

Cordell Schachter

Cordell Schachter, a longtime public sector information technology official in New York City, joined the Department of Transportation on Aug. 30 as chief information officer. He held a 13-year career at the NYC DOT where he most recently served as chief technology officer and led the local government's IT and telecommunication programs.

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FAA Issues $845M in Airport Improvement Grants; DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg Quoted

Airport Improvement

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled the fourth round of fiscal year 2021 grants amounting to $845 million for infrastructure projects under the agency's Airport Improvement Program. FAA said Thursday that the funds will support efforts to bolster airport safety, capacity and jobs, address environmental impacts caused by airports and increase accessibility for remote communities and people with disabilities.

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OPM to Use New Financial Management System for Invoice Processing

Office of Personnel

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) plans to conduct its invoice payment processing using the Delphi eInvoicing System, an internet-based portal designed for financial management activities and expects to complete the transition to the new platform on May 21st. The real-time invoicing tool is designed to streamline invoice and payment processing and to deliver more accurate invoice status reports.

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DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Need to Address Infrastructure Project Backlog

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, secretary of the Department of Transportation (DoT), told lawmakers on Thursday about the need to address the country’s $1 trillion backlog of infrastructure projects. Buttigieg told lawmakers that he would consider borrowing or using general fund revenues and user fees to help pay for the potential infrastructure package.

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FAA Partners With Oklahoma’s Choctaw Nation to Study UAS Integration Into National Airspace; Michelle Coppedge Quoted

Enterprise Services

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will jointly research unmanned aircraft system-assisted cargo transportation to advance the national airspace system. “Our goal is to advance the development and integration of UAS into what is already a complex national airspace system,” said Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center Director Michelle Coppedge.

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Stacy Cummings to Take Acting Undersecretary Role for DoD

Stacy Cummings

Stacy Cummings will succeed Hon. Ellen Lord, 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD), effective Jan. 20th. Cummings will assume the role until President-elect Joe Biden appoints a Senate-confirmed official to the position. Cummings currently serves as acting deputy assistant secretary for acquisition at DoD and is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. 

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DOT Releases SBIR Presolicitation for FY 2021; Elaine Chao Quoted

Elaine Chao

The Department of Transportation has previewed the subject areas for the Small Business Innovation Research program in fiscal year 2021, covering areas such as materials, infrastructure and safety across DOT's operating administrations. "This small business innovation research program will help small companies in the transportation sector to build the transportation system of the future," said Elaine Chao, secretary of DOT.

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Transportation Department Announces FAA Mgmt Advisory Council’s Exec Moves

Transportation Department

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has named Peter Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and Derek Kan, former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, as new members of a council that provides the Federal Aviation Administration with input on aerospace system regulations, agency policy, budget and long-term plans.

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FAA Concludes UAS Integration Pilot Effort; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Federal Aviation Administration signed agreements to address gaps in unmanned aircraft system integration (UAS) activities to mark the conclusion of a pilot program launched by the agency. UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) successfully concluded on Oct. 25. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program was launched by FAA to inform ongoing rulemaking, guidance and policies for the implementation of drones into the U.S. airspace.

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