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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

Common antimicrobial in personal hygiene products identified as carcinogen

ScienceDaily: “Ticlosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical. The study, published Nov. 17 by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows thatContinue Reading

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Released as Linked Open Data

The Getty Iris: “We’re delighted to announce that the Getty Research Institute has released the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)® as Linked Open Data. This represents an important step in the Getty’s ongoing work to make our knowledge resources freely available to all. Following the release of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® in February,Continue Reading

The Orderly Liquidation Authority: Fanatical or Familiar? Idealistic or Unrealistic?

Massman, Stephanie, The Orderly Liquidation Authority: Fanatical or Familiar? Idealistic or Unrealistic? (May 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2525825 “The systemic financial crisis of 2008 spurred the failure of numerous financial and non-financial entities. Regulators addressed each of these failures on an ad hoc ex-post basis, granting multiple bailouts in various forms. The refusalContinue Reading

McKinsey Quarterly’s 50th anniversary edition

“In this unique anniversary edition of the Quarterly, leading management thinkers tackle the management challenges of tomorrow. Leaders including author Tom Peters, former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner, eBay head of HR Beth Axelrod, and The Second Machine Age authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee explore topics such as leadership, the future of the organization, machine learning, long-term capitalism, andContinue Reading

Knowledge Sharing in the Networked World of the Internet of Things

“Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety, and more useful information for people/organizations. At KMWorld Confererence, Lee Rainie shared the latest findings from Pew Research about the internet and puts it into organizational contextContinue 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