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POWER Initiative

On July 19, 2010, President Obama established a 4-year Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) Initiative, covering fiscal years 2011 through 2014. The POWER Initiative will extend prior workplace safety and health efforts of the Federal Government by setting more aggressive performance targets, encouraging the collection and analysis of data on the causes and consequences of frequent or severe injury and illness, and prioritizing safety and health management programs that have proven effective in the past. Under the POWER Initiative, each executive department and agency will be expected to improve its performance in seven areas:

    1. reducing total injury and illness case rates;
    2. reducing lost time injury and illness case rates;
    3. analyzing lost time injury and illness data;
    4. increasing the timely filing of workers' compensation claims;
    5. increasing the timely filing of wage-loss claims;
    6. reducing lost production day rates; and
    7. speeding employees' return to work in cases of serious injury or illness.

The POWER initiative sets forth minimum targets for improvement in each of the seven goals above, measured against a baseline of agency performance in fiscal year 2009. Agencies have been encouraged to set more challenging targets above the minimum levels, and are invited to contact the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to communicate regarding those targets. Once Federal agency targets for fiscal year 2011 have been determined, they will be displayed on this page. Beginning after the first quarter of FY2011, Federal agency performance data under the POWER Initiative will be posted on this page on a quarterly basis. Any inquiries concerning goals one through three of the POWER initiative may be directed to OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs at (202) 693-2122. Inquiries concerning goals four through seven may be directed to DFEC's Branch of Technical Assistance at (202) 693-0040.

To view the memorandum sent by Secretary Solis to the heads of executive branch departments and agencies concerning the POWER initiative, including a table of minimum targets for the goals of the initiative, please click here.

On October 13, 2010, an interagency meeting took place to introduce the POWER Initiative. To view the presentation from the meeting, please click here.

On October 15, 2012, Secretary Solis issued a memorandum which revised portions of the POWER initiative for FY2013 and FY2014 and established a new goal to be monitored by OWCP. POWER Goal 8 will measure whether a federal agency has complied with the regulatory requirement to establish a method for electronic submission of Forms CA-1, CA-2 and CA-7. Please click here to view the memorandum.

Previous Initiative

Prior to the POWER Initiative, agency performance was measured under the Safety, Health and Return to Employment (SHARE) Initiative. For more information about SHARE, please click here.

Return-to-Work Resources

Agencies subject to goal 7 of the POWER initiative are tasked with increasing the percentage of injured workers that return to employment within 2 years. OWCP aims to assist agencies in achieving successful return to work of their injured employees. Here are some resources and guidance for all agencies interested in this endeavor.

POWER Council

The POWER Council provides a forum for the sharing of challenges, best practices, knowledge, and experience to help enhance workplace safety and minimize the impact of workplace injuries. To visit the POWER Council page, please click here.

POWER Statistics by Agency

The tables below provide POWER goal progress for Federal agencies and sub-agencies as of the most recent quarter of FY 2013.

Green Ball Green = Target Met

Yellow Square Yellow = Goal Partially Met (Some agency components in compliance)

Red Triangle Red = Target Not Met

N/A = Data not available or not collected

Please click agency name to view agency and sub-agency performance data


All Government
Agency Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 2 Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6 6 Goal 7 3 Goal 8
All Government N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
All Government, less USPS Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle N/A
US Postal Service N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Red Triangle

Legislative Branch
Agency Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 2 Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6 6 Goal 7 3 Goal 8
Architect of the Capitol 5 N/A N/A N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Congressional Budget Office N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Government Accountability Office N/A N/A N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Government Printing Office N/A N/A N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball
House of Representatives N/A N/A N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Library of Congress N/A N/A N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Senate N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball
United States Botanic Garden N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball
US Capitol Police N/A N/A N/A Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle N/A Green Ball

Judicial Branch
Agency Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 2 Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6 6 Goal 7 3 Goal 8
Court of Veterans Appeals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Federal Judiciary N/A N/A N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Yellow Square
Tax Court of the United States N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball

Executive Branch
Agency Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 2 Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6 6 Goal 7 3 Goal 8
Department of Agriculture Green Ball Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of Commerce Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Department of Defense (including Air Force, Army, Navy) 4 Green Ball Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Department of the Air Force Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of the Army Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of the Navy Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of Defense (excluding Air Force, Army, Navy) N/A N/A N/A Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of Education Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Department of Energy Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Green Ball
Dept. of Health and Human Services Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of Homeland Security Green Ball Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of Housing and Urban Dev. Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Department of Interior Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Yellow Square
Department of Justice Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of Labor Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball
Department of State Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Department of Transportation N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Red Triangle
Department of Treasury Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Department of Veterans Affairs Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Executive Office of the President Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball

Independent Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions, Offices
Agency Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 2 Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6 6 Goal 7 3 Goal 8
Agency for International Development Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Armed Forces Retirement Home Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Commission on Civil Rights Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Consumer Product Safety Commission Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Corp. for National and Community Services Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Environmental Protection Agency Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Equal Employment Opportunity Comm. Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Federal Communication Commission Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Federal Election Commission Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission N/A N/A N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle
Federal Maritime Commission Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Fed. Mediation and Conciliation Services Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle
Federal Reserve - Board of Govs Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Red Triangle N/A Green Ball
Federal Trade Commission Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
General Services Administration Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Holocaust Memorial Council Red Triangle Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
International Boundary & Water Comm./US & Mexico Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
International Broadcasting Bureau Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
International Trade Commission Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Red Triangle Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle
Merit Systems Protection Board Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
National Aeronautics and Space Admin. Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
National Archives and Records Admin. Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
National Credit Union Administration Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball
National Endowment for the Arts Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball
National Endowment for the Humanities Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
National Gallery of Art Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
National Labor Relations Board Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
National Science Foundation Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
National Transportation Safety Board Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Office of Personnel Management Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Peace Corps Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball
Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Presidio Trust Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Railroad Retirement Board Green Ball Green Ball N/A N/A Red Triangle Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Securities and Exchange Commission Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Selective Service System Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle N/A Green Ball N/A Red Triangle
Small Business Administration Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Green Ball
Smithsonian Institution Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Green Ball Red Triangle Red Triangle N/A Red Triangle
Social Security Administration Green Ball Green Ball N/A Red Triangle Red Triangle Green Ball Red Triangle Green Ball
Tennessee Valley Authority Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball Green Ball Green Ball N/A Green Ball

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  1. Performance data is not shown for independent agencies, bureaus, commissions or offices which reported no cases in baseline FY2009

  2. Goal 3 is not tracked on a quarterly basis. Results will be reported at the end of the Fiscal Year

  3. Goal 7 performance is tracked only for the 14 agencies with statistically significant case volumes

  4. Department of Defense overall performance for goals 1-6 includes Army, Navy and Air Force. DOD performance for goal 7 excludes, Army, Navy and Air Force, which are shown individually

  5. Architect of the Capitol includes the U.S. Botanic Gardens for the TCR and LTCR

  6. LPD results for DOL do not include Job Corps; LPD results for Peace Corps do not include PC volunteers

  7. For Executive Branch agencies, TCR and LTCR targets are established for the overall department level only