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House plans to recess without funding FAA

August 1, 2011 The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration will drag on until September because Republican leaders are planning to adjourn the House for its August recess without waiting for a bill to fund the agency from the Senate. The Senate is preparing to pass a clean stopgap funding bill on ...

Need ‘compromise’ or FAA won’t function, Transportation secretary says

July 28, 2011 The debt-ceiling crisis has knocked off the front pages a government situation that's just as messed up and mirrors the broader stalemate in Washington. The Federal Aviation Administration has been in partial shutdown for almost a week since lawmakers failed to extend its funding last Friday. It's becoming a familiar ...

FAA furloughs 4,000 employees as Congress fails to provide funding

July 22, 2011 The Federal Aviation Administration shut down partially, starting at midnight on Friday, after lawmakers failed to reach a last-minute agreement on a stopgap funding measure for the agency. Air traffic control systems remained in operation, and employees doing those jobs will be fully paid. Until Congress acts, the FAA will ...

Green cards offered as solution for high-tech firms

March 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow High-tech companies got a rare opportunity on Thursday to make their case to Congress on the H-1B visa program for temporary skilled foreign workers, but got some interference when other groups argued for an easier green card program instead. The House Judiciary Committee's Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee also got ...

With reauthorization in the air, Mica cuts up on FAA

March 31, 2011 Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., is just a guy trying to get a job done. If a looming government shutdown doesn't overwhelm his House colleagues, his bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration should be completed by Friday. Emphasis on "should." Mica is just relaying what he hears ...

Former Amtrak inspector general accused of inappropriate lobbying

March 25, 2011 It's considered outside the bounds of an independent government inspector to lobby Congress on legislation, but Amtrak's former inspector general Fred Weiderhold has been accused of that by the Transportation Department's inspector general and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Weiderhold was the key player in $450 million for ...

Arizona sues feds over border ‘failure’

February 11, 2011 Arizona filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal government for failure to achieve or maintain operational control of its border with Mexico and for allowing an "invasion" of illegal immigrants into the state that "cannot bear the staggering cost of protecting itself." The suit is the state's response to the ...

GAO stands by for-profit college report

February 8, 2011 The Government Accountability Office found no personal bias or conflict of interest on the part of its investigators who issued a scathing report on career and technical colleges last summer, the GAO announced Tuesday. The GAO report, pointing to deceptive marketing practices on the part of colleges like Strayer and ...

For-profit college group sues GAO for 'professional malpractice'

February 2, 2011 First, it was the Education Department. Now, it's the Government Accountability Office. Lobbyists for career and technical colleges are using every tool at their disposal to fight the government for imposing itself on their clients. In the latest twist, the Coalition for Educational Success filed suit against the GAO Wednesday, ...

Amendments on FAA bill could jam Senate for weeks

February 1, 2011 The Senate is starting its 2011 workload with a bill that it already passed. Last year, the Senate approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization measure 93-0. The FAA bill didn't go any further because of disagreements with the House over a few provisions that the Senate bill didn't address-and it ...