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News Digest DOT 57-14

U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $10.32 Million in University Transportation Center Grants.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology today announced a total of $10.32 million in grants to two University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation.

PIA - Everbridge Mass Notification System (EMNS)

The Everbridge Mass Notification System (EMNS), through Everbridge Inc., will provide mass communication to Volpe Center employees in the event of a crisis, emergency, or issue which necessitates mass notification (weather, power, etc). The methods of communication may include email, telephone, cellular phone, and paging device numbers. The system is located at multiple hosting facilities and is managed and secured by Everbridge, Inc.

PIA - Volpe Centralized Data Repository (VCDR)

The Volpe Centralized Data Repository (VCDR) will provide a consolidated, secured, data storage system that Volpe Center employees and contractors can use to store and generate sensitive records. Volpe Center employees and contractors will transfer their sensitive LAN records to VCDR and, going forward, will create any such records in VCDR. Among other improvements, this will eliminate the need for employees and contractors to individually encrypt each LAN record that contains personally identifiable information (PII).   

The VCDR will be managed by Federal Employees within the Information Technology Division (ITD), and Contractor Support Staff. VCDR accounts will be created based on need; only those employees and contractor personnel who have LAN accounts and handle sensitive information will be VCDR account holders. 

PIA - Volpe Local Area Network (LAN) GS

The Volpe LAN GSS system provides access to required local systems and Wide Area Network (WAN) access to both the Internet and other Government Agencies. The LAN is used by Volpe Center employees and contractors.  

The Volpe LAN is defined as the infrastructure required to support mission functionality including network and security devices, electronic mail resources, and intranet resources to include file servers, workstations, printers, etc. The Volpe LAN is managed by Federal Employees within the Information Technology Division (ITD), and Contractor Support Staff. The ITD is responsible for LAN oversight, while contractor staff provides day to day support under guidance of ITD.

BTS Releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for December: December 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.6 Percent from December

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 11.6 percent higher in December 2011 than in December 2010, totaling $74.2 billion according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.