WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lacks the skills to ensure that U.S. air carriers comply with rules governing the safe transport of hazardous materials including lithium batteries, a government watchdog said on Tuesday.
A report released by the U.S. Transportation Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the FAA lacks the training and guidance necessary to enforce Bush-era regulations that allow carriers to disclose hazardous material violations voluntarily, without incurring civil penalties.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Takata Corp, under pressure from a $14,000 daily fine from U.S. regulators, has started to become more cooperative about documents involving a deadly default in its air bag inflators, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday.
“They’re starting to become forthcoming,” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind told an audience of consumer advocates. “My understanding is that yesterday, things started changing around,” he added, without elaborating.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) air bags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers.
In a letter dated March 3, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind told Senator Bill Nelson that regulators had the authority to increase supply of replacement parts by requiring more manufacturers to produce them.
By David Morgan
(Reuters) – A measure that would offer financial incentives
for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won
unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday.
The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends
legislation to the floor of the Senate that would allow
whistleblowers to share in auto company penalty payments. The
measure follows controversies over defective General Motors Co
ignition switches and Takata Corp air bag
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Businesses hoping to capitalize on the commercial potential of drones are preparing to push back against proposed regulations that would strictly limit how the aircraft can be used.
During a 60-day public comment period on the rules, lobbyists representing a range of industries, from Internet giants Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc to aerospace firms and the news media, say they will try to convince regulators that cutting-edge technologies make some of the limitations proposed last week by the Federal Aviation Administration unnecessary.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance.
The Supreme Court is due to hear opening arguments in the case known as King v. Burwell on March 4, marking the second major challenge to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) after the justices ruled in 2012 against a claim that it was unconstitutional. The latest case tests the tax-credit subsidies at the core of Obamacare.
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The Obama administration said
on Monday it would seek authority to negotiate pricing for
high-cost drugs under the federal government’s Medicare Part D
program, which offers private insurance drug coverage for senior
citizens and the disabled.
President Barack Obama’s new $3.99 trillion budget for
fiscal-year 2016 proposes allowing the U.S. Secretary for Health
and Human Services to negotiate prices for biotechnology
treatments and other high-cost drugs in Part D “to ensure access
to and affordability of these treatments.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.
By the end of 2018, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters that 50 percent of traditional Medicare’s $362 billion in annual payments would go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that participate in alternative payment models which emphasize cost containment and quality of care.
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by
moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly
fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program
for the elderly and disabled.
By the end of 2018, Health and Human Services Secretary
Sylvia Burwell told reporters that 50 percent of traditional
Medicare’s $362 billion in annual payments would go to doctors,
hospitals and other providers that participate in alternative
payment models which emphasize cost containment and quality of
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading Republican senators on Wednesday introduced a bill to repeal one of Obamacare’s most unpopular provisions – the individual mandate that requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.
Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Lamar Alexander, who heads the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced the three-paragraph bill titled, the American Liberty Restoration Act, with backing from 20 other Republican co-sponsors.