Search Results Archives: May 2015

May 5, 2015

Insight for Industry – FERC Issues Target Date for Oregon LNG Project

From: Breaking Energy

By Enerknol Research

On April 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of Schedule for Environment Review of the $6 billion Oregon LNG export terminal, setting a final review date of February 2016. The FERC filing is a major step forward for Oregon LNG, which has been stuck in limbo for seven years due to market dynamics and regulatory delays, but does little to mitigate concern over the lengthiness of bureaucratic review. The regulatory delays facing U.S. LNG export projects has allowed competing projects in Australia to race ahead in supplying growing Asian demand.

May 4, 2015

Learning More from the Data the Federal Government Already Collects

From: OMBlog

Posted by Aviva Aron-Dine

Last week the Departments of Labor and Education published the draft regulations implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  These proposed regulations, and the underlying WIOA legislation, will improve our Nation’s public workforce system by strengthening coordination and accountability. One of their most exciting features is that they would require States to produce standardized, easily-understandable “scorecards.” What that means is that – for the first time – workers choosing among different training programs that receive WIOA funding will be able to easily compare them on criteria that matter, like how much the program costs, the percent of participants who actually complete the program, and the average earnings of participants. Right now, workers seeking training may not even be able to find apples-to-apples data on how much different programs would cost, much less how their students fare in the job market. WIOA and the proposed regulations published last week seek to change that. In addition, the draft regulations put in place the WIOA requirement that States implement high-quality evaluations of the core WIOA employment, education, and training programs. That will let them improve workforce outcomes over time by learning which approaches work best and then scaling-up those approaches.