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Administrative Data Research and Analysis Project


The purpose of this project is to analyze administrative data sets from various agencies within the Department of Labor (DOL) on topics of interest to all parts of the Department. The Administrative Data Research and Analysis project (ADRA) would expand 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.


The goals of this project are to:

  1. Develop usable, longitudinal datasets and to conduct various analyses using these datasets at the request of the Department.
  2. Explore the extent to which datasets across worker protection agencies can be merged to test the interaction across the various enforcement agencies and identify an appropriate unique identifier that can be used to link these administrative datasets.
  3. Identify how agencies can collect similar data elements, within the scope of current statutory requirements, that would help make collection of data and comparisons across datasets more efficient.
  4. Explore the effects of certain policies on agency performance and outcome measures.
  5. Discover best practices and lessons learned in how agencies conduct their business.
  6. Explore programmatic, demographic or other factors that affect outcomes and performance.


The primary tasks of the evaluation include:

  1. Clean and prepare two administrative data sets for analysis to the extent that this has not already been done through the Department's existing open government transparency efforts.
  2. Conduct appropriate statistical analyses using the datasets.

Key Information

The period of performance of this evaluation is 24 months ending September 2013. The overall budget for the project is not to exceed $1,018,578. The evaluation contractor is Mathematica. For more information on this evaluation please contact Celeste Richie at