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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP)

Chief Evaluation Office

On-Going Studies

Project Name

Purpose

Expected Final Report Date

Worker Classification Survey

To assess workers knowledge of their employment classification through a nationally representative survey of workers.

March 2014

Evaluation of the ARRA COBRA Premium Subsidy

To understand how the ARRA subsidies changed individuals' COBRA utilization through stratified random sampling, producing nationally representative information about all potential COBRA recipients.

2012

Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of ARRA

To provide evidence of the role and effects of the Unemployment Compensation provisions under ARRA in assisting unemployed workers and the challenges States faced in implementing those provisions. Reports will be issued on Unemployment Insurance modernization, Emergency Benefits, and Unemployment Compensation Claimant Impacts.

February, June and August 2013

Evaluating Employee and Employer Experiences with the Family and Medical Leave Act

To collect new information on the use and need of the Family and Medical Leave Act in order to update DOL's understanding of leave-taking behavior and to close current data gaps remaining from previous surveys.

2012

Implementation Evaluation of the ARRA Green jobs and High Growth/Health Care Grants

To document and understand the implementation of the Energy Training Partnership Grants; Pathways ouf of Poverty Grants; State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants; and Healthcare and High Growth Training Grants.

2015

Evaluation of Part 50 Reporting of Mine Injuries and Illnesses

To determine the accuracy and completeness of nonfatal injury and illness reporting in the mining industry.

2012

WRAAK: Workers' Rights — Access, Assertion, and Knowledge (OSHA/WHD)

Workers' Rights — Access, Assertion, and Knowledge (WRAAK), or "voice" in the workplace, is a key outcome goal for the Secretary of Labor, and part of her vision of good jobs for everyone.  DOL's working definition for WRAAK in the workplace is the "workers' ability to access information on their rights in the workplace, their understanding of those rights, and their ability to exercise these rights without fear of recrimination."  The purpose of this evaluation is to gauge the current level of WRAAK in the workplace and the factors affecting WRAAK, specifically relating to the laws administered and enforced by DOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

2012

WRAAK: Workers' Rights — Access, Assertion, and Knowledge (MSHA)

To gauge the current level of Workers' Rights — Access, Assertion, and Knowledge (WRAAK), or "voice" in the workplace, and the factors affecting WRAAK, specifically as it relates to the laws administered and enforced by the Department of Labor's Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).  DOL's working definition of WRAAK in the workplace is the "worker's ability to access information on their rights in the workplace, their understanding of those rights, and their ability to exercise those rights without fear of recrimination." 

2012

Administrative Data Research and Analysis Project

To analyze administrative data sets from various agencies within the Department of Labor (DOL) on topics of interest to all parts of the Department,  expanding upon the existing library of datasets that house case file data primarily from the Department's worker protection agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Wage and Hour Division, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration, but also from other agencies within the Department with longitudinal administrative datasets. 

2012 and 2013

Evaluating the Modes of Delivery for Mine Inspector Training and Standardized Testing Protocols

To apply technology to current Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) training methods using contemporary communications technologies, distance learning, and other training approaches to improve consistency in enforcement activities and enhance the knowledge and skills of MSHA mine inspectors requiring mandatory periodic retraining. 

2012

Evaluation of OSHA's On Site Consultation Program

To test the impact of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Onsite Consultation program on future injury/illness rates and compliance.

September 2015

Evaluation of OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Program

To test the impact of High Rate Letters (HRL) and inspections on injury/illness rates and compliance for establishments on the Primary and Secondary Lists of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Site Specific Targeting Program (SST). 

September 2014

Evaluation of the Wage and Hour Division's Use of Remedies Enforcement Pilot

To evaluate DOL's use of remedies under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to examine the differential responses of employers to enforcement actions taken by DOL. 

September 2015

DOL Scholars Program

The purpose of this project is to support the work of researchers from diverse disciplines who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research which is relevant to the Department's policy making. The research of these scholars will contribute to the Department's mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers.

2013