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Secretary Foxx garners WTS award for Ladders efforts

Yesterday, we wrote here in the Fast Lane about Florida's Billy Hattaway's nod as one of Governing Magazine's 2014 Public Officials of the Year. Today, congratulations are in order for two of DOT's own, policy analyst Avital Barnea and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Both DOTers were honored by WTS International's Washington, DC, chapter earlier this week.

For her service as the chapter's Vice President and her outreach to prospective members, Barnea was selected as the chapter's 2014 Member of the Year. As the chapter's Recognition Chair, Iris Ortiz, said, "Avital never hesitates to step in and volunteer when there is work to be done. From bringing in new members to ensuring that she is intimately familiar with every committee’s duties and responsibilities, Avital has played a major role in getting the chapter up to speed and keeping it running effectively."

For his efforts connecting communities to economic opportunities through transportation Ladders of Opportunity, Secretary Foxx was selected for the chapter's 2014 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award...

a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. - See more at:
a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. - See more at:

Photo of attendees at WTS-DC 2014 awards

U.S. Department of Transportation Eliminates $1.7 Billion Annual Paperwork Burden for U.S. Trucking Industry

Final Rule Marks Obama Administration’s Largest Paperwork Reduction

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that, effective Dec. 18, 2014, professional truck drivers will no longer have to comply with a burdensome daily paperwork requirement, saving the trucking industry an estimated $1.7 billion annually without compromising safety.                                                                                                                   

ICAO, growing international aviation for 70 years

On New Year's Day in 1914, the first commercial airplane flight took off between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. It flew only 21 miles and carried only one paying passenger, but it launched the world's first scheduled commercial airline service. One airline, one flight, one passenger.

In 2014, a typical day now sees 100,000 flights carrying eight million passengers, and some of those flights cover thousands of miles. It's a far cry from the world of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay Airboat Line.

The world's aviation community is now synonymous with jobs, with economic growth, and with world trade. The world as we know it would not function without a healthy, vibrant, and regulated international aviation system. And that system would not be possible without the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)...

Photo of leaders at ICAO anniversary plaque ceremony
Secretary Foxx, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, ICAO President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin, and U.S. Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta unveil a plaque honoring ICAO's 70th anniversary.