All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

House Cmte. Reviews FAA's NextGen Program

Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Generation Air Transportation System, an air traffic control modernization program known as NextGen.

The program aims to make air travel more convenient, dependable, safe and secure. It will transition the national air traffic system from a ground-based radar system to a satellite-based surveillance system, develop data communications capabilities between the aircraft and the ground and improve aviation weather forecasting and monitoring systems.

Committee members addressed concerns that the FAA has not yet taken several steps required by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act to improve NextGen accountability, as well as a recent Department of Transportation Inspector General report that shows concern over delays in the program's implementation.

Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari, FAA Acting Administrator Michael P. Huerta, Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III and Government Accountability Office Physical Infrastructure Division Director Gerald Dillingham testified, along with witnesses from the aviation industry.

Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) chaired the hearing.

Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 1:25pm (ET)

Related Events

American Artifacts: News Artist Betty Wells, Part II
Sunday, December 22, 2013     

In the second of a two-part program, we hear more about the career of long-time NBC News artist Betty Wells, who worked in Washington, DC for over 30 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Congress. Over the course of her career, Ms. Wells’ art was featured in stories for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, and several newspaper and magazine articles.

American Artifacts: News Artist Betty Wells, Part I
Sunday, December 15, 2013     

In the first of a two-part program, we learn about the career of long-time NBC News artist Betty Wells, who worked in Washington, DC for over 30 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Congress. Over the course of her career, Ms. Wells’ art was featured in stories for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, and several newspaper and magazine articles.

FAA Admin.Testifies on Modernization and Reform Act
Wednesday, February 27, 2013     

Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta testifies at an oversight hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act.

House Judiciary Cmte. Looks for Drone-Kill Memos
Wednesday, February 27, 2013     

The House Judiciary Committee looks at target killings of American citizens by unmanned drones. The hearing, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), examines the Obama administration's drone policy and guarantees of due process on the battlefield for U.S. citizens.

House Democrats Brief Reporters on Democratic Agenda
Friday, February 15, 2013     

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other House Democratic leaders spoke to reporters and answered questions. They talked about the sequestration and attempts to prevent the automatic federal budget cuts from going into effect on March 1, 2013.

Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton Speaks at House Dems. Retreat
Friday, February 8, 2013     

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the House Democratic Conference's retreat, Friday. The President told the assembled Congressmen that gun legislation need not be "toxic" to Democrats.

President Obama Meets with House Dems at Virginia Retreat
Thursday, February 7, 2013     

The President spoke at a policy retreat for House Democrats' in Leesburg, Virginia.

House Dems Mark 20th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act
Tuesday, February 5, 2013     

The House Democrat leadership hold a press briefing on the 20th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act.  Participants include House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) along with other Representatives.

House Cmte. Investigates Sexual Misconduct at Lackland AFB
Wednesday, January 23, 2013     

On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee conducted a hearing regarding an investigation of sexual misconduct in the U.S. Air Force. The hearing centered on sexual assault by basic training instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  Witnesses testifying included two U.S. Air Force officials: chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Education & Training Commander Gen. Edward Rice. Other speakers included former Air Force service members who are now involved with sexual assault victim advocacy groups.

House Conservatives Discuss Agenda for 113th Congress
Tuesday, January 22, 2013     

A group of conservative Republicans held a meeting with the press called “Conversations with Conservatives.” It focused on the House floor vote on raising the debt ceiling scheduled for Wednesday. Representatives Schweikert, Labrador, Duncan and Massie gave tentative support for a Republican plan that raises the debt ceiling until May, but calls for a Senate budget and balanced budget in 10 years. Schweikert said they will trust the Republican leadership but warned that if they fail, “there would be hell to pay.”  

Share This Event Via Social Media

Related Resources

Photo Gallery

C-SPAN on Twitter (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org