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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Annual Report FY2014

“When a single-employer plan ends without sufficient money to pay benefits, PBGC trustees the plan and assumes responsibility for benefit payments. PBGC became responsible for an additional 53,000 workers and retirees in 97 trusteed single-employer plans in FY 2014. The three largest plans trusteed were sponsored by Furniture Brands (19,011 participants), Greenwood Mills Inc. (5,175Continue Reading

Transition Report 2014

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Innovation in Transition: “How can firms in transition countries become more  productive? And how can a dynamic and innovative  business sector help countries grow? This year’s Transition Report seeks answers to these important  questions by analysing firm-level innovation across the  transition region. The Transition Report 2014 exploits a uniqueContinue Reading

How Attached to the Labor Market Are the Long-Term Unemployed?

Rob Dent, Samuel Kapon, Fatih Karahan, Benjamin W. Pugsley, and Ayşegül Sahin  – Second in a three-part series – New York Fed “In this second post in our series on measuring labor market slack, we analyze the labor market outcomes of long-term unemployed workers to assess their employability and labor force attachment. If long-term unemployed workers areContinue Reading

Electric Power Generation Using Renewable Energy Growing

“Economic Census Statistics Now Available for the First Time on Wind, Geothermal, Biomass and Solar Electric Power Generation. Revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources rose 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012, according to new economic census statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. TheseContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Health Care Transparency, Human Trafficking, Highway Projects, Public Transportation, Overseas Military Construction

HEALTH CARE TRANSPARENCY: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers, GAO-15-11: Published: Oct 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HIGHWAY PROJECTS: Many Federal and State Environmental Review Requirements Are Similar, and Little Duplication of Effort Occurs, GAO-15-71: Published: Nov 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Oversight of Contractors’ Use of Foreign Workers in High-Risk EnvironmentsContinue Reading

CBO – Federal Policies and Innovation

“Innovation is a central driver of economic growth in the United States. Workers become more productive when they can make use of improved equipment and processes, and consumers benefit when new goods and services become available or when existing ones become better or cheaper—although the transition can be disruptive to established firms and workers asContinue Reading

The Risks to the Inflation Outlook

The Risks to the Inflation Outlook, Vasco Cúrdia “Although inflation is currently low, some commentators fear that continued highly accommodative monetary policy may lead to a surge in inflation. However, projections that account for the different policy tools used by the Federal Reserve suggest that inflation will remain low in the near future. Moreover, the relativeContinue Reading

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management

Via POGO: “A federal audit has found problems with the State Department’s oversight of security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. The audit, issued November 3, showed that, years after the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and long after Washington policymakers pledged to bolster protection for diplomats in danger zones, the StateContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Financial Audits of SEC, FHFA, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

FINANCIAL AUDIT: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-146R: Published: Nov 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014. FINANCIAL AUDIT: Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-147R: Published: Nov 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014. FINANCIAL AUDIT: Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-166R: Published: Nov 17,Continue Reading

Consumer Groups Urge USDA to Finalize Labeling of Mechanically Tenderized Meat

“Members of the Safe Food Coalition wrote today to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to finalize a rule to label mechanically tenderized beef products by the end of the year. The Secretary must then send the rule to the Office of Management and Budget for final approval. The letter is availableContinue Reading

Signs of stress must not be ignored, IEA warns in its new World Energy Outlook

“Events of the last year have increased many of the long-term uncertainties facing the global energy sector, says the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2014 (WEO-2014). It warns against the risk that current events distract decision makers from recognising and tackling the longer-term signs of stress that are emerging in the energy system. In theContinue Reading

EPA – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

“Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.”