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Environmental, Social, Governance, and Procurement - It’s Time to Take Charge
While ESG has been a board-level topic for many years, leaders have only recently woken up to the need to act.
How Government Shutdown Affects Transportation Operations
The longer the government shutdown continues, the greater the potential for a disruption to occur somewhere along the supply chain, companies need to create strategic supply chain plans to help overcome any disruptions caused by the shutdown.
Truckers Take Government to Court Over Electronic Logbook Mandate
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents tens of thousands of truckers, is mounting a legal challenge to a new federal requirement for drivers to electronically log their hours behind the wheel.
The Government’s Role in Food Safety
Large food companies with complex production chains have ingredients from farms and ranches all across the globe and their products processed in numerous plants; which leaves consumers with no idea where their food comes from.

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Why No OEM Can Afford to Ignore DMSMS SD-26
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Principles to Preserve & Protect an Open Internet
This paper shows that contrary to arguments by net neutrality opponents, the 2015 net neutrality rules have been working...

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Shippers, Third Parties Oppose FMCSA’s Proposed Rules Against Truck Driver “Coercion”
Shippers and transportation intermediaries are opposing a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal designed against putting undue pressure on truck drivers to violate hours of service and other rules.

White House Outlines Transportation Plan
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks at the the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington.

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Hints Net Neutrality Rules Will Treat Broadband as a Utility
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled that he will move to protect Net Neutrality by reclassifying Internet-access service under Title II of the Communications Act.

How Congress Is ‘Killing Our Transportation System’
The Senate is expected to vote on highway funding proposals this week, including an $11 billion measure the House approved last week that would keep the fund solvent through May 2015.

Jon Stewart Tackles the Highway Funding Fight
Stewart took Congress to task failing to pass a multi-year extension that transportation advocates have argued would allow the nation to make more progress on fixing its aging infrastructure.

Economic Analysis of the Transportation Infrastructure Investment
The federal government's current level of spending on transportation projects is about $50 billion, which infrastructure advocates say is barely enough to maintain the current state of the nation's roads and bridges.

Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination
The goal of this paper was to make an initial case for a broadband discrimination regime as an alternative to the structural remedy of open access to achieve the goal of network neutrality.

Report From The Commission To The European Council
Trade and Investment Barriers Report 2014 - This report underlines again that barriers to access the markets of the EU’s strategic partners continue to persist in various ways.

Closing the European Trade Barrier Gaps
As the EU slowly recovers from its economic doldrums, member nations vie for U.S. investment and logistical services while shippers increase their willingness to enlarge operations on the continent.

The GROW AMERICA Act will provide rail with a predictable, dedicated funding source and the tools needed to drive the next generation of rail safety and development.

Secretary Foxx Sends Transportation Bill to Congress
GROW AMERICA Act would create jobs, provide certainty for country’s future growth.

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to Hold Hearings on Amazon Drones
Amazon's plans for using drones to deliver packages is just one example of the potential this technology offers consumers, and a reflection of the ingenuity of American business.

Transportation Regulatory Update
Congress leaves Washington during the month of August and this provides a great opportunity to review the transportation regulatory agenda. Here is a brief update on a few hot topics.

Deadline: July 9, 2013 – CBP Begins Liquidated Damages Phase of ISF Enforcement – Are You Ready?
Starting on July 9, 2013, liquidated damages of $5,000 per violation will be issued for inaccurate, incomplete, or untimely filings. CBP may also withhold the release or transfer of cargo for which an ISF has not been filed. Noncompliant cargo will also be subject to further inspections.

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?
The nation is, at long last, engaged in a serious discussion of what it might take to make sure that our students leave high school college and career ready. But what exactly, does that mean? Almost three years ago, we decided to find out, by looking at the levels of mathematics and English language literacy high school graduates need to succeed in their first year in our community colleges.

Study Highlights Tertiary Supply-Chain Conundrum
The United States’ public secondary schools provide universities and colleges with the bulk of their applicants. There is ample evidence that tertiary institutions are faced with contradictory data suggesting that they have a serious supply-chain problem.

How Will the Hours of Service Changes Impact You?
Hours of Service (HOS) changes announced in December 2011 are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2013. As this date gets closer, here is a summary of the impending changes: Within the 34 hour restart, a driver will only be able to use the restart once a week and Similarly, the 34 hour restart will need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods.

Electronic Waste “Recycler” Executive Recycling Convicted for Illegal Exports
Two executives of an electronic waste recycling company were convicted in December of smuggling, environmental crimes, mail and wire fraud, and obstruction of justice in conjunction with the illegal export of hazardous waste to China and other countries, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. By Amber Road

Crocs Inc. Facing $36 Million in Fines from U.S. and Mexico
Crocs Inc., a worldwide shoe manufacturer, disclosed in its 10-K filing last week that the company may owe up to $36.2 million in fines to U.S. and Mexico Customs and taxing authorities. By Amber Road

New Robotics Roadmap Presented to Congress
A new Roadmap for U.S. Robotics was presented to the Congressional Caucus on Robotics on March 20. The new Robotics roadmap, organized by the Robotics Virtual Organization, includes updates to the sections on manufacturing, healthcare/medical robotics, and services.

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US Department of Transportation
The mission of the Department is to: Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and…
United States Department of Agriculture USDA
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and FSIS’ laboratory testing programs are two areas that help ensure the safety of the…
The Washington D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association is a federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel. In support…
International Transport Forum
The International Transport Forum is an intergovernmental organisation within the OECD system. Its 57 member countries are committed to tackling mobility issues for the 21st century. The International Transport Forum acts as their platform to advance transport policy and practice, with…
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (49 U.S.C. 113). Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier…
Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership
The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) is an FAA-selected UAS test site formed in 2013 as a collaboration between Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey. MAAP is led by Virginia Tech with a focus on progressively overcoming obstacles to move the unmanned aircraft…
Software AG
Software AG USA Inc. helps companies and government agencies optimize and modernize existing technology to achieve results faster. Our software and services help transform organizations in strategic ways—and closely align both business and IT around common, achievable business goals.…
Oxfam International
Our vision is a just world without poverty. We want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives. Our purpose is to help create lasting solutions…
US Department of Energy
The Department of Energy has one of the richest and most diverse histories in the Federal Government. Although only in existence since 1977, the Department traces its lineage to the Manhattan Project effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War…
Republican Main Street Partnership
The Republican Main Street Partnership was founded in 1997 to promote thoughtful leadership in the Republican Party and to develop and advocate for pragmatic common sense solutions to the challenges our country faces. Main Street is aligned with the governing wing…
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