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Friday, August 27, 2010

The TSA at its excellence towards achieving its goals

transportation security administration TSA stands for transportation security administration and it has been formed for the purpose of transportation security with a responsibility for security in all modes of transportation. When you consider its history, it has been originally formed by US department of transportation and came into existence on NOV 19, 2001 and later on it has been moved to the USA department of homeland security. It was signed into law by the American President George W. Bush after the incident of 9/11. Transportation security in all aspects is important because poor transportation security is the primary reason for all terrorist attacks. So TSA has been specifically formed to protect the security problems in aviation along with highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems and pipelines.

The Transportation Security Administration will continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, and technology. The TSA has behavior detection officer whose duty is to observe the behavior of passengers in check point. TSA officers screen the passengers and their baggage and also prevent baggage theft. TSA has 45, ooo employees for the process of transportation security and they are generally called as screeners. Along with the screeners TSA has detection canine teams, Air Marshall, transportations security officer and inspector.

Recent work and achievementsTSA officer’s achievement are reflected in their work. Below is a list that shows their work and achievement.
Debra a conflict coach:Debra a supervisory TSA officer personally conducted numerous sessions, leading to improved working relationships and enhanced employee performance. She has led her team of Officers to develop new ways and methods of mitigating the internal threat.

TSO’s alertness saves life:
TSO’s officer were alert even in their break time. In Ohio TSO Justin Tilton acted on instinct when he reacted quickly to help a co-worker who was choking. The other officer’s immediate response saved a person life.

Suspicious shoes spotted at TSA check point:
A pair of shoes passed through X-ray screening and TSA officers found a knife in the tongue of the shoe

Vigilant officer’s clever attempt:Vigilant Officers at Michigan’s Sawyer International Airport recently stopped a passenger who had a multi tool with three inch knife that is wrapped in electronic chords

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

US Durable Goods Orders Edge Up Marginally in July

The US Commerce department announced that the durable goods orders edged up by 0.3% in July following a revised 0.1% decrease in June. The increase was found to be much less than market expectations and soley due to increase in the orders for transportation equipment. While the increase in orders in July was far below expectations, the data for June reflected a notable upward revision compared to the numbers reported earlier this month.

The modest increase in durable goods orders in July was largely due to a 13.1% increase in orders for transportation equipment, which reflected a substantial 75.9% increase in orders for non-defense aircraft and parts. Excluding the increase in orders for transportation equipment, durable goods orders actually fell by 3.8 %in July compared to a revised 0.2 %increase in the previous month. Ex-transportation orders had been expected to increase by 0.5 percent.The report also showed that shipments of durable goods surged up by 2.2% in July following a 0.2 %increase in June. Shipments on transportation equipment showed a substantial increase, rising by 6.9%.

Inventories of durable goods rose for the seventh consecutive month, increasing by 0.6 %in July after rising by 1.3 % in June. Machinery inventories had the largest increase, rising by 1.9%. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department said that orders for non-defense capital goods, excluding aircraft, which is seen as a solid indicator of the business spending in the country dipped by 8.0% in July following a 3.6% increase in June.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ohio seeks heavier freight trucks to spur exports

Ohio trucks to carry heavy loads COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Ted Strickland's administration wants certain freight trucks to carry heavier loads on highways so that Ohio farmers and manufacturers can increase exports, a policy change unpopular with critics who say the added weight would further damage roads.
The plan, pushed by agriculture lobbyists to help spur corn and soybean exports, puts state transportation officials in a delicate position of balancing economic interests with the struggle to maintain Ohio's highways.

Overweight trucks carrying items such as construction equipment or other freight cause about $144 million in pavement damage to Ohio highways each year, according to a 2009 study by the state Department of Transportation. The trucking industry only partly covers that cost, paying about $97 million in taxes and overweight fees, leaving taxpayers to cover a $45 million shortfall.
The new plan calls for the weight limit on trucks carrying international shipping containers loaded with grain or any other product to be raised from 80,000 pounds to 94,000 pounds.
Other states, including Illinois and Virginia, already have higher weight limits, leaving Ohio at a competitive disadvantage when trying to expand exports to growing markets such as Japan and China, said Chris Henney, director of legislative relations for the Ohio Farm Bureau, one of several agriculture groups pressing for the change.
Supporters want the new rule approved by a panel of state lawmakers by October, just in time for the fall harvest.

That would allow international shipping containers that come to the U.S. carrying shoes or other consumer items to be filled with commodities at grain elevators for the return trip overseas, Henney said.

Containers left partially empty to meet Ohio's 80,000-pound weight limit aren't cost effective to ship, he said. Ohio had 4,113 grain-filled containers lifted for export in 2009 compared with 185,000 in Illinois, a state with heavier weight limits.
Ohio's agricultural exports totaled $2.9 billion in 2008, ranking it 16th in the nation, according to the latest statistics compiled by the federal government.
Critics of heavier truck loads include the railroad industry, which competes with trucks to move grain and other freight.

The new policy is being rushed without answers to how it will increase the cost of maintaining roads and sets a bad precedent that may lead to more trucks and even heavier shipments, said Art Arnold, president of the Ohio Railroad Association.

The state issues about 270,700 special hauling permits a year. Officials have not estimated how many more permits are likely to come from the weight change but don't expect to see a dramatic increase in the government's cost of maintaining roads, said Scott Varner, spokesman for the transportation department.

The new policy would be limited. For example, no out-of-state trucks would be allowed to carry these loads, and the trucks must travel on a select number of approved state highways and bridges — structures that can handle the extra weight, he said.
The trucks would unload shipping containers at Ohio intermodal facilities, where they would be placed on cargo planes or on trains bound for an international port.

"Moving freight more efficiently is a good thing, but where is the analysis of the energy use, air emissions and pavement impact?" said Jack Shaner, deputy director at the Ohio Environmental Council. "I think Ohioans deserve that full analysis before going forward."

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