In her statement supporting new aircraft repair station security rule published by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commended actions taken to "balance the requirements to bolster security while also opening up new maintenance and repair options for airlines and industry." This is in light of, according to Blakey, a "log jam" which prevented 80+ repair stations from receiving certification review by FAA.
Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 outlines Congressional objectives for trade agreements, and lays out process for Congressional approval of agreements negotiated by Administration. According to Jim Greenwood, legislation would help advance global goals by ensuring that trade agreements reflect high level of IP rights modeled on U.S. laws, strengthening transparency and accountability of drug reimbursement regimes, and removing unjustified barriers to agricultural biotech trade. Read More
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx appointed 10 new members to FAA Management Advisory Council, which advises the FAA on management, policy, spending, and regulatory matters. New members include Steve Alterman, Bill Ayer, Montie Brewer, Ray Conner, Craig Fuller, Jane Garvey, Mayor Michael Hancock, Lee Moak, John "Jack" Potter, and Gwynne Shotwell. These established aviation leaders will help guide the FAA in its many critical air-transportation policy decisions. Read More
According to ELFA's 2014 forecast, investment in equipment and software will reach all-time high in 2014, equipment replacement demand will continue to drive investment, and demand for equipment financing will increase due to greater federal budgeting stability. Rebounding of some industry sectors will spur varied equipment types, and majority of U.S. business will use some form of financing for equipment acquisition. Credit market conditions will remain favorable for long-term equipment financing. Read More
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced President Obama's selection of Heather McTeer Toney as regional administrator for EPA's Region 4 office in Atlanta. Ms. McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as the Mayor of Greenville, MS, holding that post from 2004-2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning. She is also the Principal Attorney at Heather McTeer, PLLC. Read More
Absorbable stents are designed to open clogged blood vessels and restore blood flow, similar to permanent metallic stents, but are temporary and completely absorbed in time. ASTM F3036, Guide for Testing Absorbable Stents, will be used to drive consistency in the way physical and mechanical properties of vascular scaffolds are evaluated, from initial manufacturer to absorption within patient's body. Read More
NIMS announced that it awarded 13,888 industry-recognized credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the metalworking industry. This represents a 58.8% increase from 2012. NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover breadth of metalworking operations. Institute certifies individuals' skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote workers. Read More
As announced by CEA®, 2014 International CES® featured record 2 million net square feet of exhibit space which housed 3,200+ exhibitors. More than 150,000 industry professionals attended, including over 35,000 of whom came from outside U.S. According to CEA's Gary Shapiro, "One-third of the world’s population interacted with CES in some way." Major tech breakthroughs and product launches were seen across 15 product categories and 25 market-specific TechZones. Read More