FCC Seeks Comment on Waiver of Part 25 Licensing Requirement for Receive-Only Earth Stations Operating with the Galileo Radionavigation-Satellite Service
(Jan 6) The FCC published a public notice inviting interested parties to comment on a request by the European Commission for a waiver of the FCC's licensing requirements to permit non-Federal receive-only earth stations within the United States to operate with signals of the Galileo RNSS system. More
Best Practices for Improving the Operation and Development of GPS Equipment Used by Critical Infrastructure
(Jan 6) The Department of Homeland Security has issued a best practices document on improving the operation and development of GPS equipment used by critical infrastructure. More
- President Signs NDAA Containing Various GPS/PNT Provisions (Jan 3) We updated our GPS funding page to reflect the December 23 enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
- NDAA Conference Report Clears House (Dec 2) On Dec 2, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which recommends fully funding the GPS program and features provisions relating to the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), foreign PNT systems, backup and complementary PNT, and harmful interference.
- GAO Reviews Air Force Report on GPS Acquisition (Oct 21) On October 17, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its assessment of the Air Force's first quarterly report on GPS acquisition. The FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Air Force to provide quarterly reports to GAO on GPS acquisition programs. It further directs GAO to brief the congressional defense committees on the Air Force's initial report. GAO found that the first Air Force report lacked key information needed to track the quarterly progress of GPS III, OCX, and military user equipment. GAO also made recommendations for improving the transparency and effectiveness of future quarterly reports.