Section 2101 of the American Rescue Plan Act provided $200,000,000 in supplemental funding to the Department of Labor to carry out worker protection activities, and for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for oversight of the Secretary's activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.  This funding will be available through September 30, 2023.  Of this amount, not less than $100,000,000 is for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and $12,500,000 is appropriated to OIG for the activities described above.  The remaining $87,500,000 has been allocated at the Department's discretion among the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), the Office of the Solicitor (SOL), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and OSHA for the purposes described below.  Updates will be made to this page to show obligations to date and any adjustments to planned spending levels.

American Rescue Plan Act - Worker Protection

Spend Plan and Obligations
(Dollars in Thousands)

Agency

Appropriation Amount

FY 2022 Spend Plan

FY 2022 1st Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 2nd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 3rd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 4th Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 Total Obligations

FY 2021 Total Obligations

Total ARP Obligations To Date

WHD

21,275

9,589

2,200

1,663

2,357

3,247

9,467

7,916

17,383

OWCP

30,265

19,164

3,711

1,916

5,487

4,855

15,969

10,754

26,723

SOL

22,437

7,026

2,449

1,532

1,681

2,222

7,884

8,414

16,298

MSHA

13,245

5,994

214

150

630

1,334

2,328

2,167

4,495

OSHA

100,278

42,672

3,462

2,843

3,742

11,266

21,313

35,502

56,815

OIG

12,500

11,740

127

2,373

(1)

2,411

4,910

455

5,365

Total

200,000

96,185

12,163

11,477

13,896

25,335

61,871

65,208

127,079

 

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

(Dollars in Thousands)

Appropriation Amount

FY 2022 Spend Plan

FY 2022 1st Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 2nd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 3rd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 4th Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 Total Obligations

FY 2021 Total Obligations

Total ARP Obligations To Date

21,275

9,589

2,200

1,663

2,357

3,247

9,467

7,916

17,383

 

Wage and Hour will use $21,274,584 of the $200 million provided to the Department in the American Rescue Plan for worker protection activities. Wage and Hour will use these funds to support 248 FTE over 3 years for ongoing activities that are necessary to protect workers and support employers during the rescue and recovery from the pandemic. These funds will be used to support:

  • Worker Outreach. Conducting outreach and partnering with stakeholders to reach essential COVID-19 frontline workers most vulnerable to violations of minimum wage, overtime, family and medical leave, child labor, and other worker protection laws.
  • Safe On-Site Investigations. Renewing on-site enforcement strategies safely, in conformance with the DOL and Agency COVID-19 plans.
  • Compliance Assistance. Providing compliance assistance to employers delivering essential services.
  • Enforcement Coordination. Strengthening communications alignment and referral practices with federal, state, and local enforcement agencies related to COVID-19 worker protections.
  • Help Lines. Delivering timely, responsive, help-line services during periods of significantly increased demand.
  • FFCRA. Ensuring workers are paid for COVID-19 related sick leave by resolving remaining cases arising under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)

(Dollars in Thousands)

Appropriation Amount

FY 2022 Spend Plan

FY 2022 1st Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 2nd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 3rd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 4th Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 Total Obligations

FY 2021 Total Obligations

Total ARP Obligations To Date

30,265

19,164

3,711

1,916

5,487

4,855

15,969

10,754

26,723

 

OWCP will use $30,265,074 of the $200 million provided to the Department in the American Rescue Plan for worker protection activities. OWCP will use this funding to support FTE and related information technology costs to address the requirements and COVID-19 claims workload associated with the American Rescue Plan Act.

Office of the Solicitor (SOL) – Worker Protection

(Dollars in Thousands)

Appropriation Amount

FY 2022 Spend Plan

FY 2022 1st Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 2nd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 3rd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 4th Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 Total Obligations

FY 2021 Total Obligations

Total ARP Obligations To Date

22,437

7,026

2,449

1,532

1,681

2,222

7,884

8,414

16,298

 

SOL will use $22,436,984 for 119 FTE over the three years of fund availability to provide legal services in support of the Department's expanded worker protection activities related to COVID-19 under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Key aspects of SOL's legal services in support of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) are summarized below.

  • OSHA: SOL is providing intensive and fast-moving legal services to OSHA on a number of initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including (1) regulations and guidance regarding COVID-19 and infectious disease workplace safety, including defense of those policies, (2) enforcement of COVID-19 OSHA citations, (3) COVID-19 whistleblower cases, and (4) legal advice on administrative matters related to in-person enforcement activities, such as confidentiality, testing, and reporting.
  • MSHA: SOL is providing resource-intensive legal support to MSHA related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of (1) enforcement, (2) rulemaking, guidance documents and training materials, and (3) legal advice for administrative/internal affairs related to in-person enforcement activities.
  • WHD: SOL is providing regular, resource-intensive assistance regarding WHD's initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic, to include: (1) development of COVID-19 policies and procedures, (2) COVID-19 legal advice for public guidance under statutes administered and enforced by WHD such as the FLSA, FMLA and H visa programs, (3) litigation of alleged violations of paid leave provisions of FFRCA, and (4) legal advice on WHD ARP outreach activities to the public.
  • OWCP and Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA): SOL is providing legal support for the development and implementation of policies related to the ARPA provision for federal workers diagnosed with COVID-19 to establish coverage under FECA, the workers' compensation statute for all federal employees.
  • General Legal Advice to the Department: As DOL activities surrounding COVID-19 and ARPA continue, SOL is providing supporting legal services in areas such as appropriations, procurement, administrative law, privacy, internal employment law, and information law, and enhanced litigation support needs.

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

(Dollars in Thousands)

Appropriation Amount

FY 2022 Spend Plan

FY 2022 1st Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 2nd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 3rd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 4th Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 Total Obligations

FY 2021 Total Obligations

Total ARP Obligations To Date

13,245

5,994

214

150

630

1,334

2,328

2,167

4,495

 

MSHA will use $13,244,975 of the $200 million provided to the Department in the American Rescue Plan for worker protection activities. The Agency will fund a total of 60 FTE by the end of FY 2023. Additional inspectors will cover critical geographic areas based on workload analysis of the most vulnerable locations. In addition, MSHA will provide expert advice and guidance in health hazard enforcement, support enforcement and regulatory activities by performing health and pandemic research and health initiatives, develop standards concerning miner exposure to silica and other health-related hazards, support internal needs to address any safety and health risks, and work with mine operators to address mitigation of health concerns in mines.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

(Dollars in Thousands)

Appropriation Amount

FY 2022 Spend Plan

FY 2022 1st Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 2nd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 3rd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 4th Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 Total Obligations

FY 2021 Total Obligations

Total ARP Obligations To Date

100,278

42,672

3,462

2,843

3,742

11,266

21,313

35,502

56,815

 

OSHA received $100.278 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds from the Department, which is available through September 30, 2023. The law requires that $10,000,000 of this funding be used for Susan Harwood Training Grants, and at least $5,000,000 be for enforcement activities related to COVID–19 at high risk workplaces including health care, meat and poultry processing facilities, agricultural workplaces and correctional facilities. OSHA expects to support 163 FTE in FY 2022. OSHA is using the funding as follows:

  • Standards: Developing a COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and a COVID-19 Vaccine ETS.
  • Enforcement: Supporting Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) and additional enforcement staff for COVID-19 enforcement activities.
  • Whistleblower Protection: Supporting Whistleblower investigators and program staff to respond to the growing number COVID-19 retaliation claims received by the agency.
  • State Programs: Providing funding for State Plan States to ensure that they have adequate resources to maintain standards, the ability to enforce those standards, and the ability to protect workers from retaliation in an "at least as effective" manner as OSHA, specifically with regard to OSHA's efforts to ensure worker protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Technical Support: Supporting the purchase of technical equipment and supplies, including personal protective equipment, to protect the agency's CSHO staff as they conduct COVID-19 related inspections.
  • Training Development: Supporting training and course development for federal and State Plan CSHOs on standards, policies, and guidance addressing COVID-19 in the workplace. The funds will also be used to update and revise an OSHA Training Institute Education Center course on Pandemic Illness Preparedness, and develop a new Infectious Disease course.
  • Susan Harwood Training Grants: Supporting the development of training for employees and employers on identifying and addressing hazards associated with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. These grants will focus on training workers in industries where COVID-19 is prevalent, especially those that are likely to have at-risk, vulnerable worker populations. OSHA awarded $6.7 million in FY 2021 and plans to award the remaining $3.3 million in FY 2022.
  • Data Availability: Giving the public access to OSHA datasets, statistics and safety and health information on the agency's website (OSHA.gov). Specifically, OSHA intends to provide greater accessibility and transparency of information related to protecting workers from COVID-19.

Office of Inspector General (OIG)

(Dollars in Thousands)

Appropriation Amount

FY 2022 Spend Plan

FY 2022 1st Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 2nd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 3rd Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 4th Qtr. Obligations

FY 2022 Total Obligations

FY 2021 Total Obligations

Total ARP Obligations To Date

12,500

11,740

127

2,373

(1)

2,411

4,910

455

5,365

 

With the $12,500,000 provided in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), OIG plans to use this funding to combat unprecedented levels of fraud activity in the Unemployment Insurance program, conduct oversight and investigative activities outlined in the multi-year OIG Pandemic Response Oversight Plan, and leverage data and predictive analytics to strengthen audit and investigative oversight. The OIG's ARPA spend plan is being updated to reflect the results of the audit and investigative work conducted in FY 2021. For more information about the OIG's pandemic response oversight, please visit: https://www.oig.dol.gov/OIG_Pandemic_Response_Portal.htm.