NASA, FAA team up to improve air traffic control

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting some help from NASA to make air traffic controlling more efficient.

Amazon files for FAA exemption for delivery drones

In December, Amazon’s CEO announced the company was exploring a drone-based delivery service that could deliver some packages in as quickly as 30 minutes. Less than a year later, the company is ready to take that plan to the next level. In a letter Wednesday to the Federal Aviation Administration, the online shopping giant requested an exemption under section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act to operate an unmanned aircraft system before the agency’s official guidelines are released.  “Amazon shares Congress’ goal of getting small aerial vehicles (a.k.a., small unmanned aircraft systems, or “sUAS”) flying commercially in the United States…

FAA will not meet deadline for unmanned aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration will miss its September 2015 deadline to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into American skies due to significant technological, regulatory and privacy barriers preventing the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system, according to an audit report from the agency’s Inspector General’s office.

Public service draws innovators to federal IT

The desire to serve the public and help people solve difficult problems is what attracts professionals to today’s federal IT workforce, according to a group of senior government technology leaders in an exclusive series of video interviews with FedScoop.

National Park Service issues temporary ban on drones

The next time you’re taking family photos at the Grand Canyon, you won’t have to worry about an unmanned aircraft photobombing you – at least not for now. In a policy memorandum released today, Jonathan Jarvis, the director of the National Park Service, directed park superintendents to “prohibit launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as drones, on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.”

Drones — not just for the military anymore

Many Americans may look at UAVs, popularly referred to as drones, as modern weapons of war. Because of that, the thought of the futuristic systems flying around stateside tends to worry people. But the UAVs used for defense purpose and those that may one day may buzz aoound American skies are very different, and for many commercial industries, they may revolutionize the ways they work.

Drones may be going to Hollywood

The Motion Picture Association of America has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to fly drones during film production. But the FAA says the rules aren’t quite ready yet.

GAO: Agencies not documenting cyber incident response

The federal government is not learning critical lessons in cyber incident response because agencies are not effectively documenting how they respond to attacks or what the impact of those attacks have been on agency operations, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

FAA’s newly required ADS-B technology could end the mystery of missing flights

Over the weekend, President Obama visited Malaysia for the first time. The visit was more or less overshadowed by the mystery of Flight 370, which tragically vanished March 8 with 239 people onboard during a flight from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur. The fate of that plane and the people on it have been a mystery ever since.

FAA’s John Dobriansky on Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration

John Dobriansky, executive adviser at the Federal Aviation Administration, talks with FedScoopTV about Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration and best practices.

Public challenged to help DOT up its tech game

The Transportation Department wants to take its data to the next level. Like many other agencies, it has turned to the public to address its challenges, asking for input and ideas from citizens to “revolutionize its transportation system.” Enter, DOT’s Data Innovation Challenge.

DOT asks public for insight on in-flight cell use

The Transportation Department is seeking public comment for a ban on cellphone calls for passengers on airplanes, according to a Feb. 14 statement.

Threat Matrix: Episode 8 – Commercial drones & privacy

This week, Dan Verton offers you a break from talking about Edward Snowden and explores another serious privacy concern that is right on the horizon — and we mean literally, on the horizon.


FedWire: Snowlar vortex, bionic limbs, and comet chasing

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Big data crucial to giving government efficiency boost

Big data and analytics are the key to finding savings within agencies, improving public programs and providing services to citizens, according to experts at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Bethesda’s Big Data Technology Symposium held Jan. 14.

FedWire: Robotics-powered STEM, DOT’s year in review, and IT spending

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Want a job at one of the top 10 best places to work in federal government?

The Justice Department and Transportation Department are each looking to fill a C-level position over the next month.

DOT on track with open data efforts

Saturday marked a significant milestone in the administration’s open data initiative, as Nov. 30 was the deadline to meet some of the objectives in the open data executive order.

FedWire: Responsive design, STEM, and capturing space

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FAA issues roadmap, seeks data use assurances for commercial drones

The Federal Aviation Administration Nov. 7 released the first roadmap for integrating civilian owned and operated unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into the national airspace system, and said it would be seeking details on how operators plan to use any data collected by those drones.

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