Monthly Archives: May 2012

Federal Diary: House subcommittee looks into Homeland Security corruption

By Joe Davidson, Published: May 17  On a gorgeous spring Thursday, kids on class trips were all over the Capitol grounds, many in matching T-shirts, posing for pictures on the granite steps. They were having a great time learning history and about how … Continue reading

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Phased retirement plan falls out of defense bill

By Eric Yoder The House has set aside a proposal to allow federal employees to phase into retirement, a plan some see as an innovative cost-saving measure that could also allow older staff members the opportunity to help train younger ones. … Continue reading

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Senate panel approves benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees

By Joe Davidson A Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex partners of federal employees to receive employment benefits. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act with a bipartisan voice vote. It must be approved by the … Continue reading

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Westchester County Airport to debut body scanner

A Transportation Security Administration officer checks body scans on a computer screen as volunteers go through the first full body scanner installed at O’Hare International Airport , Monday, March 15, 2010, in Chicago. Federal transportation authorities demonstrated the technology to … Continue reading

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Sacramento airport applies to use private contractors for security screeners

By Tony Bizjaktbizjak@sacbee.com Sacramento International Airport wants to dump its federal security screeners and replace them with private contractors. Airport officials say they believe non-government screeners would do as good a job of ensuring airline safety, would be friendlier and potentially could … Continue reading

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AVBOT AEROCOMM: Washington Perspective — HASC SubCommittee Marks

AFA members, next week the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) meets to decide the FY13 Authorization Bill [called the FY 13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)].  The process is called “Markup.”   In anticipation of the meeting next week, each subcommittee … Continue reading

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Midnight Was Movie Hour, Nap Time in New York Air Tower

Air-traffic controllers at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Photographer: Andrew Gombert/EPA/Landov Bloomberg News Midnight Was Movie Hour, Nap Time in New York Air Tower When midnight rolled around and flight traffic thinned out, air-traffic controllers guiding planes in the busiest … Continue reading

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