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Mar 24, 2015

Amazon blasts U.S. FAA for slowness on drone regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology.

Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green light to test a delivery drone outdoors, the company told U.S. lawmakers that the prototype drone had already become obsolete while the company waited more than six months for the agency’s permission.

Mar 20, 2015

FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750 requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use -sources

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier
for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business
operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United
States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has
granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750
requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48.

Mar 17, 2015

U.S. FAA ineffective to ensure compliance on hazardous materials: study

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.

Mar 13, 2015

US auto safety chief says Takata more forthcoming on air bags

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.

Mar 5, 2015

NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

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.

Feb 26, 2015

U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive

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
inflators.

Feb 24, 2015

Industry lobbyists take aim at proposed FAA drone rules

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.

Feb 17, 2015

Obamacare rescue ruled out by some states, others weigh options

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.

Feb 2, 2015

Obama administration seeks to negotiate Medicare drug prices

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.”

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