The Department of Labor’s Mission

To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

The importance of the Department of Labor’s mission demands continual innovation, learning and improvement. Since 2010, the department’s Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) has supported DOL’s work with research, evaluation and analysis activities. CEO works to fulfill a number of Departmental legislative mandates related to evidence, while ensuring that our research adheres to the Department’s Evaluation Policy principles of rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics.

Learn more about CEO’s research and development process here.

CEO is an independent, department-level office located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, supporting all of DOL in developing and disseminating credible information and data about DOL programs, policies, operations, and activities, using scientific methods.

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CEO In Action: Unemployment Insurance (UI)

An example of how CEO can bring many types of expertise, resources, and support to DOL's work


The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies