Program Changes in the Labor Department Budget for FY 2010
Restoring Worker Protection Programs
Employment Standards Administration
The Department's Employment Standards Administration (ESA) administers and enforces laws that protect the rights and welfare of American workers. The FY 2010 budget request represents an increase of $63 million (14 percent) and 493 FTE above the FY 2009 enacted level.
Wage and Hour Division
The FY 2010 Budget requests $227.7 million and 1,571 FTE for the Wage and Hour Division, an increase of $35 million and 288 FTE from the FY 2009 enacted level. The FY 2010 Budget request for the Wage and Hour Division excludes $45 million in estimated fee revenue from DOL's portion of the H-1B and L visa fraud prevention fee authorized by the 2004 H-1B Visa Reform Act. Because of the statutory limits on the use of these funds, DOL has been unable to spend all of the fees, and each year carries unspent balances. The FY 2010 budget proposes to cancel $30 million of these balances as an offset to new discretionary spending.
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
The FY 2010 budget request for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) totals $109.5 million and 798 FTE, an increase of $27 million (33 percent) and 213 FTE from the FY 2009 level.
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The FY 2010 discretionary budget request for administration of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) totals $108.5 million and 890 FTE to support the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) ($95.3 million) and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation program ($13.2 million). The OWCP budget also includes mandatory funding totaling $51.2 million and 305 FTE to administer Part B of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), and $60 million and 293 FTE for Part E of the Act.
The OWCP's FY 2010 budget includes $37.5 million in mandatory funding and 195 FTE for its administration of Parts B and C of the Black Lung Benefits Act, and $58.1 million and 127 FTE in FECA Fair Share administrative funding. The request for FECA Fair Share includes an increase of $4.95 million to upgrade technology, improve customer service, and increase productivity.
Office of Labor-Management Standards
The FY 2010 budget request for the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) totals $40.6 million and 266 FTE. This is a net reduction of $4.38 million and 31 FTE from the FY 2009 level.
Employee Benefits Security Administration
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) protects the integrity of pensions, health plans, and other employee benefits for more than 150 million workers. The FY 2010 budget request for EBSA is $156.1 million and 910 FTE, an increase of $13 million (9 percent) and 75 FTE compared to the FY 2009 level.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The FY 2010 Budget request for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is $563.6 million and 2,360 FTE. The budget requests an additional $50.6 million and 213 FTE.
Mine Safety and Health Administration
The FY 2010 Budget request for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is $353.7 million and 2,376 FTE. The request will allow MSHA to continue implementing the historic Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act, the most sweeping mine safety legislation in 30 years. The FY 2010 Budget includes an increase of $1.3 million specifically targeted for 15 additional Metal and Nonmetal FTE to address the projected 12 percent increase in workload in the aggregates mining sector.
Office of the Solicitor
The FY 2010 Budget includes $125.2 million and 679 FTE for the Office of the Solicitor (SOL). This amount includes $117.4 million in discretionary resources and $7.8 million in mandatory funding. The FY 2010 budget includes an increase of $14.8 million that will support an additional 82 FTE to provide expanded legal support for DOL client agencies, and provide $5.3 million for information technology and legal support infrastructure.
Innovative Workforce Training Strategies
Employment and Training Administration
The FY 2010 budget request for the Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is $8.7 billion in discretionary funds and 812 FTE, not including the 131 FTE associated with the foreign labor certification application fees.
The budget requests an increase of $71.1 million in the Dislocated Worker National Reserve to fund National Emergency Grants (NEGs).
The economy, along with a major expansion of eligibility and benefits enacted as part of the Recovery Act, is also the primary factor in the request for an increase of $860 million for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which will support training and income support for trade-impacted workers. States that assist workers who lose jobs will also receive $3.2 billion for the administration of unemployment insurance based on estimates of claims workload for the fiscal year.
Career Pathways Innovation Fund
The FY 2010 budget requests $135 million for the Career Pathways Innovation Fund, which is a $10 million increase over the amount awarded in FY 2009 through Community-Based Job Training Grants.
The budget requests $50 million for a Green Jobs Innovation Fund, which will complement the competitive grant awards made through the $500 million appropriation included for high growth and emerging industry sectors under the Recovery Act.
The FY 2010 Budget includes $114 million, an increase of $44 million, or 64 percent, over the FY 2009 enacted level for YouthBuild to provide competitive grants to local organizations for the education and training of approximately 7,100 disadvantaged youth ages 16-24.
The FY 2010 budget proposes $50 million to demonstrate and evaluate transitional job program models, which combine short-term subsidized or supported employment with case management services to help individuals with significant employment barriers obtain the skills needed to secure unsubsidized jobs.
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders
The FY 2010 budget requests $115 million, an increase of $6.5 million over the FY 2009 enacted level, for a program that brings together projects for adult and youth offenders.
Strengthening Unemployment Insurance Integrity and Promoting Re-Employment
A total of $50 million in discretionary funding, an increase of $10 million over the FY 2009 enacted level, is requested to expand Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments, which include in-person interviews at American Job Centers with UI beneficiaries to discuss their need for reemployment services and their continuing eligibility for benefits.
Senior Community Service Employment Program
The FY 2010 budget proposes $575 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which will enroll some 90,000 low-income seniors in part-time, minimum wage community service jobs. The request includes an additional $3.5 million over the FY 2009 enacted level to finance the increase in the Federal minimum wage that will occur on July 24, 2009.
Veterans' Employment and Training Service
The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) FY 2010 Budget request is $255 million and 234 FTE. The FY 2010 Budget includes $35 million for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), an increase of $9 million (34 percent) above FY 2009. The budget also includes a $2 million increase for Veterans Workforce Investment Programs to provide services to veterans that will result in new skills and employment in Green Jobs. The budget requests an increase of $3.5 million to expand access to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for spouses and family members (including those with limited English proficiency).
Workforce Data Quality Initiative
The FY 2010 budget requests $15 million for a Workforce Data Quality Initiative of competitive grants to support the development of longitudinal data systems that integrate education and workforce data.
A Renewed Commitment to Program Evaluation
The FY 2010 Budget provides $5 million for a new Department-wide initiative to support rigorous evaluations across the Department of Labor. In addition, the budget requests an increase of $5 million for ETA's evaluation budget for job training and employment programs.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The FY 2010 Budget provides the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) with $611.6 million and 2,416 FTE. In addition, the FY 2010 Budget includes an increase of $8.0 million and 10 FTE to produce new data on employment and wages for businesses whose primary activities can be defined as "green," and produce information on the occupations involved in green economic activities.
Office of Disability Employment Policy
The FY 2010 Budget provides the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) with a total of $37 million and 49 FTE, an increase of $10 million (39 percent) over FY 2009. With the increase, ODEP will support a new initiative that builds upon the lessons learned through the Work Incentive Grant (program decrease of $17.2 million) demonstration Disability Navigators, and focuses on working with employers, the One-Stop system, and other stakeholders to vigorously promote the hiring, job placement and retention of individuals with disabilities, particularly youth, in integrated employment, apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship programs, and community service activities.
Bureau of International Labor Affairs
The FY 2010 request for the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) is $91.4 million and 95 FTE. The request provides an increase of $5.3 million and 12 FTE to allow ILAB to step up its monitoring and oversight of workers rights.