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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

GM's Intelligent Advocates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, the Bush Administration showed its intention to put the screws on domestic discretionary spending with a budget cutting or shutting down 150 federal programs. With such a clampdown afoot, can federal funding for "Deer Avoidance Research" survive? Sure, if Neil Schuster has any say in the matter.

"We have a vision," says Schuster, president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). "Zero fatalities and zero delays."

Maybe it's all the time they and their staff spend stuck in Washington traffic, but members of Congress seem to like that message. Funding for intelligent transportation systems stands a decent chance of more than doubling to $3.7 billion when Congress gets around to passing a gigantic highway and transportation spending bill.

Full story at Forbes.com