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City Of Seattle Transportation Director Peter Hahn: Responses To Confirmation Questions

by Matt Rosenberg March 21st, 2010

At its 9:30 a.m. Tuesday March 23, 2010 meeting in the council chambers at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., the Seattle City Council’s Transportation Committee will vote on whether to confirm Mayor Mike McGinn’s new nominee as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, Peter Hahn. The ordinance relating to Hahn’s nomination by the mayor is here. It includes Hahn’s past experience and his duties as SDOT Director. As part of the confirmation process, Hahn was asked to respond in writing to questions from Council members related to his views on challenges facing the department, and his priorities.

KEY LINK: Peter Hahn’s Responses to City Council’s Confirmation Questions.

KEY EXCERPT: “….continuing cuts in General Fund dollars hamper our ability to make needed enhancements like repaving roads or recast our transportation system through programs like the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plans….I am fully committed to working with the City Council to aggressively address these pressing challenges.”

LONGER EXCERPT FOLLOWS.

Congressional Research Service: “The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition – Overview & Issues For Congress”

by Matt Rosenberg March 21st, 2010

One of the major policy analysis arms of the U.S. Congress is The Congressional Research Service. This January 19, 2010 report from CRS examines major fiscal sustainability challenges facing the United States Postal Service (USPS). The report is titled, “The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: Overview And Issues For Congress.”

KEY LINK: Full report.

KEY EXCERPT:

“Since 1971, the USPS has been a self-supporting government agency that covers its operating costs with revenues generated through the sales of postage and related products and services. Recently, the USPS has experienced significant financial challenges. After running modest profits from FY2004 through FY2006, the USPS lost $5.3 billion in FY2007 and $2.8 billion in FY2008. In May 2009, the USPS warned that it might experience a cash shortage at the end of September 2009. Two months later, the Government Accountability Office added the USPS’s financial condition “to the list of high-risk areas needing attention by the Congress and the executive branch.”

Performance Audit Of Transit, King County Auditor

by Matt Rosenberg March 18th, 2010

BACKGROUND: King County is the largest population county in Washington State, containing 39 cities including Seattle, and unincorporated areas. Among the many services King County provides is public transit. The King County Auditor’s Office undertook an extensive performance audit of transit in King County. The results were transmitted to the Government, Accountability & Oversight Committee of the King County Council on September 15, 2009

KEY DOCUMENT LINKS:

Summary report
Technical Report A: Financial and Capital Planning
Technical Report B: Service Development
Technical Report C: Staffing
Technical Report D: Paratransit
Technical Report E: Vehicle Maintenance
Technical Report F: Ridership Data And Emergency Communication
One-page summary.

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