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DoT Gives GPS Spectrum Protection Team Award

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November 28, 2012

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The GPS Spectrum Protection Team has received the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) Partnering for Excellence Award for outstanding performance in support of the government and industry-wide assessment of potential impacts to GPS operations and safety.

The spectrum protection team played an important role in responding to the proposed LightSquared wireless broadband system’s spectrum plan.

The Partnering for Excellence Award is the second highest DoT award for federal employees. It recognizes intermodal teams that have used the Partnering for Excellence model to further one or more of the goals of the Department’s Strategic Plan. Teams are evaluated based on teamwork, problem solving, customer focus, creative and innovative techniques, and results.

GPS Spectrum Protection Team members include the following:
·               Joel Szabat, former deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, currently Interim Executive Director, Maritime Administration, DoT
·               Karen VanDyke, Karen Van Dyke, director, Positioning, Navigation and Timing Program, DoT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
·               John Hickey, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) deputy associate administrator for aviation safety
·               Bruce DeCleene, manager, FAA Avionics Systems
·               Henry Greenidge, policy analyst, Office of the Secretary, DoT
·               Kenneth Alexander, navigation team leader for the FAA’s Aviation Safety Aircraft Certification Service
·               Michael Biggs, FAA senior engineer
·               Anthony Russo, director, National Coordination Office by Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing
·               Christopher Perry, trial attorney, Office of General Counsel, DoT
·               Walton Fehr, program manager, Systems Engineering, RITA
·               Jo Strang, associate administrator, Office of Safety, Federal Railroad Administration
·               James Arnold, Federal Highway Department research electronics engineer
·               Arthur Carter, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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