FY 2002 Annual Performance Plan
The 1913 Act that created the Department of Labor (DOL) stated that its purpose ... shall be to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment. While this statement is as true today as it was 88 years ago, our vision has matured as the Department has addressed changing economies and a diversified workforce. Today, the Department must ensure that the 21st century workforce is prepared to face the 21st century economy with hopeby equipping all workers with the skills to reach their aspirations.
As we respond to the challenges of the changing economy, the Departments first responsibility will continue to be the protection of workers by enforcing the Nations labor laws:
to ensure the safety of every workplace,
to guarantee an honest days pay for an honest days work,
to stop discrimination,
to protect workers from coercion and intimidation, and
to safeguard the pension of every American worker and retiree.
The Department will emphasize prevention and compliance assistanceto protect workers before they are harmed physically or economically. Consistent with the Departments commitment to enforcement, we will work together with employers on better prevention strategies, avoiding whenever possible the loss of life, health or economic well-being that fines and penalties can never fully redress.
This FY 2002 Annual Performance Plan is built upon the three strategic goals the Department established in 1997, goals which have supported the Departments efforts to unify around core mission responsibilities.
The Department will soon create a new Office of the 21st Century Workforce to bring focus to our initiatives to find solutions for our workers and for the economy as a whole to the challenges that lie ahead. The first responsibility of this new Office will be to hold a Summit on the 21st Century Workforce, where the Department will call on leaders from business, labor unions, government and elsewhere to address the structural changes that are affecting our workforce and our economy. The results of the Summit will shape the Departments vision for the future and the role of DOL in ensuring that the new century will bring opportunity and hope for all of Americas workers. The Department will revise the FY 2002 Annual Performance Plan during the fall to include the results of the Summit on the 21st Century Workforce and the objectives of the new executive team in the planning process for FY 2002.
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