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A new federal policy aimed at making it easier for members of the general public with no aviation background to embark on careers in air traffic control would be reversed under legislation proposed in Congress on Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security doesn't know how much it spends on R&D, making it difficult for the sprawling agency to oversee and coordinate those efforts, according to the Government Accountability Office. R&D at DHS is "inherently fragmented," David Maurer, GAO's director of homeland security and justice, told a House hearing. This is because each of several components of the agency–the Science and Technology Directorate, the Coast Guard, and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office–are given R&D responsibilities by law. Meanwhile, other DHS components may pursue and conduct their own R&D efforts as long as those activities are coordinated through the S&T office, Maurer said.
After years and years of bitter squabbling over every last penny, peace finally seems to have broken out at the Regional Transportation Authority.
Reps. Lipinski, Hultgren Introduce SAFE TOWERS Act to Fix FAA's Flawed New Hiring Procedure for Air Traffic Controllers09/19/2014
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has joined with Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) to introduce the Standards Addressing Federal Transparency and Oversight With Evolving Recruitment Specifications (SAFE TOWERS) Act. The bill reverses the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) convoluted and confusing new hiring process, which has passed over the most qualified air traffic controller candidates and raised concerns about safety and transparency.
U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprenticeship Programs (LEAP) Act, to reinvigorate America's apprenticeship programs in skilled industries.
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) joined a bipartisan group of members today in helping pass an amendment to give the Defense Department authority to train and equip Syrians fighting the terrorist group ISIL. The amendment was added to a bill that will fund operations of the government until December 11th.