The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) provides the infrastructure and support that enables the U.S. Department of Labor to perform its mission. OASAM provides leadership and support for information technology, human resources management, procurement, business operations, safety and health, space management, civil rights, emergency management, security, budget, and performance.
The Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (ASAM) is Rachana Desai Martin. The ASAM oversees the: Special Advisor, Christina Chen; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy position, which is currently vacant; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Al Stewart; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Performance, Geoff Kenyon; Chief Information Officer, Gundeep Ahluwalia; and the Administrative Officer, Braye Cloud.
Mr. Stewart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, oversees eight National Office program offices and six regional offices, including: Julia Tritz, Director of the Business Operations Center; Naomi Barry-Perez, Director of the Civil Rights Center; Brian O'Connor, Director of the Emergency Management Center; Betty Lopez, Director of the Workplace Equality Compliance Office; Sydney Rose, Chief Human Capital Officer and leader of the Office of Human Resources; Billie Jo Agambar, Director of the Security Center; Daniel Downey, Special Agent in Chart of the Division of Protective Operations; Chris Yerxa, Boston/New York Regional Administrator; Crystal Guy, Philadelphia Regional Administrator; Michelle Driscoll, Atlanta Regional Administrator; Greg Hanson, Acting Chicago/Kansas City Regional Administrator; Kelley Pettit, Dallas/Denver Regional Administrator; and Bonnie Macaraig, San Francisco/Seattle Regional Administrator.
Mr. Kenyon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Performance, oversees the Director of the Departmental Budget Center, Mark Wichlin and the Director of the Performance Management Center, Dennis Johnson.
The Strategic Operations Program Manager, Maylin Jue, the Continuous Process Improvement Program Managers, Bridget Keplinger and Idelisse Rodriguez, and Special Assistants, Traci Smith, Douglas Robins and Jessica Costa are overseen by the Administrative Officer, Braye Cloud.
OASAM’s responsibilities are broadly defined by various regulations, government-wide directives, and internal policy. The principle law authorizing the creation of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management is 29 U.S. Code § 553.
Within the past twenty-five years, a number of laws have been passed to establish Department-wide roles. The roles are held by OASAM senior executives and include:
- The Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002 established the role of the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO);
- The Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (SARA) established the position of the Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO);
- The 1996 Clinger–Cohen Act established the Chief Information Officer (CIO) position; and
- The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRMA) (described below) established the role of the Performance Improvement Officer (PIO).
- The Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA) (described below) established the role of the Program Management Improvement Officer (PMIO)
Other important legislation impacting OASAM include (but are not limited to):
- The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was enacted on December 19, 2014. Among many other things, it takes major steps toward ensuring agency CIOs have significant involvement in procurement, workforce, and technology-related budget matters.
- Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014 defines the comprehensive cybersecurity framework to strengthen the overall Federal Government security posture and by which the Department must implement an Enterprise Cybersecurity program to safeguard its most critical information and information technology systems. FISMA requires DOL to provide quarterly and annual reports on the operational effectiveness of its Cybersecurity program.
- Presidential Policy Directive 8 (National Preparedness) is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyberattacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.
- Presidential Policy Directive 40 (National Continuity) establishes the bedrock policy for the Executive Branch Departments and Agencies continuity plans and procedures.
- Title 5 of the United States Code outlines the role of government organizations and employees, and is critical to HR operations.
- The Small Business Act (as amended by Public Law 95-507) established the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business (OSDBU). The Director of the OSDBU is the primary advocate within each Federal Executive Agency responsible for promoting the maximum practicable use of all designated small business categories within the Federal Acquisition process.
- Executive Order 12196 (Occupational Safety and Health Programs for Federal Employees) requires the Secretary of Labor (delegated to OASAM) the responsibility to perform various services for DOL agencies, including consultation, training, recordkeeping, inspections, and evaluations.
- The Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 amends federal law regarding the preservation, storage, and management of federal records.
- The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) was passed to create a greater role for data and empirical evidence in policy, budget, and management decisions. It mandates that federal agencies develop Strategic Plans, with Congressional and stakeholder input. The Plans must communicate the mission, vision and goals of the organization, and must include measures with yearly targets to demonstrate progress toward the goals. The law requires a yearly report on progress against targets and allows agencies to adjust future targets. The report is the Annual Performance Report, delivered to Congress with the President’s Budget Justification in February for the fiscal year that begins each October. The purpose of this report is to assure Congress that the funds produce measurable results toward the goals of the agency.
- The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) kept in place the major provisions of GPRA and also added a requirement for Agency Priority goals – a short list of top priorities with quarterly results posted on Performance.gov. GPRAMA also created the Deputy Secretary’s role as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The law also synched up Strategic Plan development with the Presidential election cycle, so that each new Administration must begin its term with a Plan reflecting its priorities and values.
- The Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA) aims to improve Program and Project Management (P/PM) practices, requires government-wide standards and policies for program management, and establishes a new interagency council to improve P/PM practices among agencies. By creating the position of Program Management Improvement Officers (PMIOs), the PMIAA introduces a focus for advancing P/PM across the Federal Government and integrating P/PM as a component of the agencies’ broader organizational management functions and capabilities.
- The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (i.e., the Evidence Act) advances data and evidence-building functions in the Federal government by statutorily mandating Federal evidence-building activities, open government data, and confidential information protection and statistical efficiency. Two of the Act’s provisions (Learning Agendas and Capacity Assessments) modify what is required in agency strategic plans, and one provision (Annual Evaluation Plans) adds a new requirement concurrent with the performance plan cycle.
- The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act allows agencies to invest in modem technology solutions to improve service delivery to the public, secure sensitive systems and data, and save taxpayer dollars. This memorandum sets forth Administration objectives and necessary actions agencies should take in order to implement the MGT Act.
- The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) of 2018 which aims to improve the digital experience for government customers and reinforces existing requirements for federal public websites.
- The 2019 Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act which requires open government data assets made available by federal agencies (excluding the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Election Commission, and certain other government entities) to be published as machine-readable data.