PA.gov That Works: New and Improved Site Search

first_img  SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf PA.gov That Works: New and Improved Site Search Innovation,  PA.gov That Works,  The Blog PA.gov That Works is a series of blog posts dedicated to Pennsylvania digital initiatives. In this post, we’re talking about the latest updates to site search on PA.gov.Our past several updates to PA.gov have been focused on making it easier to find what you’re looking for. We simplified our homepage by eliminating features users didn’t find to be helpful and we unveiled several new features that put popular information and resources just one click away.Our latest updates are all about improving one of the most basic methods of navigating a website: site search. Two key improvements have made it easier to perform a search on PA.gov from start to finish.Search BarOur new search bar is embedded in the top navigation bar so you can start a search from any page on PA.gov. Because the navigation bar is sticky (fixed in one place) the search bar is accessible from anywhere on the website without having to scroll. On mobile, the search is accessible from any page by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the navigation.Search PageEntering a search term in the search bar will take you to our improved search page. Here you will see results for your search term separated into featured results and all results.Featured ResultsFeatured results are made up of two sections: Top Results and News.Top Results include agency websites and direct links to popular services and information. These results have been curated based on user analytics. Each top results card includes a category label to help you find what you’re looking for. You can view all of the top results by clicking the “More top results” link.News includes the most recent press releases from commonwealth agencies related to your search term. Similar to the top results cards, each news card includes an agency label to help you find what you’re looking for and you can view all of the news results by clicking the “More news results” link.All ResultsAll Results is essentially a Google search across commonwealth websites. Each card includes the URL of the destination page, and you can navigate the All Results section using the pagination that appears at the bottom of the section. We’re still working on improving the results in this section, so let us know if you find any broken links or misinformation.We’re always testing better ways to connect Pennsylvanians with government services online and we want to hear from you! Have any suggestions for how we can improve PA.gov? Check out our website and take the feedback survey. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Kate Landis, Deputy Director of Digital Communications and Strategy February 12, 2018last_img read more

Investors called upon to support EU green bond standard

first_imgIt noted that many European institutional investors had helped develop and promote best practices and standards in the past by making their expectations known through public statements by investor coalitions, such as the Green Bond Pledge. Feedback wanted The TEG believes creating the standard will help the green bond market grow further. According to the group, there were several barriers to this, such as concerns about reputational risks from potential adverse publicity about the “greenness” of deals, uncertainty about the type of assets and expenses that can be financed, and the absence of clear economic benefits for issuers. To resolve some of these issues, the TEG proposed that the EU green bond standard should build on the EU’s “taxonomy” of environmentally sustainable economic activities, currently in development.It has also proposed a standardised verification process and an accreditation scheme for external reviewers.The TEG suggested the creation of a temporary grant scheme to offset the additional costs of verification for issuers. It pitched this as an incentive in addition to the proposed disclosure regime for institutional investors.The group is seeking feedback on its recommendations.The TEG is due to present its final report to the Commission in June. The Commission will then decide on the next steps with respect to a potential green bond standard and other potential measures, after further public consultation.Speaking about the TEG’s work at the Climate Bonds Initiative conference in London yesterday, Olivier Guersent, director general in the Commission’s financial services department, highlighted the interim nature of the report, and encouraged delegates to fill out the online survey.Asked whether the standard could be too stringent, he said: “There may be an issue on stringency, with a view to giving higher credibility to the process to allow the green bond market to flourish further.”The online feedback survey is open until 3 April and can be found here.See the February edition of IPE Magazine for a dedicated green finance report The TEG also said that investors were “encouraged to adopt the requirements of the EU green bond standard when designing their green fixed income investment strategies and to communicate their commitment and their expectations actively to green bond issuers as well as to underwriters”. Institutional investors are being called upon to support the implementation of an EU green bond standard.The standard, which should be voluntary, should be created by the European Commission by way of a “recommendation” rather than a mandatory legal framework, according to the technical experts group (TEG) advising the Commission on its sustainable finance action plan.In an interim report on the work of the TEG’s green bond sub-group, it also recommended the Commission establish “an ambitious” disclosure regime under which institutional investors would have to periodically report “EU Green Bond” holdings or explain why they did not provide this information – known as a “comply or explain” regime.Citing the experience of France’s “Article 173” reporting regime, the TEG said mandatory disclosures for institutional investors, even under a flexible approach, could increase the credibility of a standardised EU green bond market and “have a major impact on the demand”.last_img read more