OASAM News Releases

May 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts 2019 DOL Tech Day

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor today was joined by the White House's Office of Science and Technology, the Chief Information Officer Council, and seven federal departments at the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the 2019 DOL Tech Day, which highlights emerging technology used by the federal government.

April 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Pilot Program For Discretionary Suspensions and Debarments to Ensure Accountability

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new pilot program for discretionary suspensions and debarments to ensure accountability and protect the federal government from doing business with those who engage in inappropriate or illegal conduct.

Discretionary suspensions and debarments make individuals or organizations ineligible for federal contracting and transactions with the federal government typically for up to 12 months for a suspension and up to three years for a debarment.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recognized for IT Modernization

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor received a “Best in Scorecard Category” award from MeriTalk for its IT modernization efforts. The award is based on the Department’s most recent Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard.

September 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Rights Center, Publishes Direct Final Rule And Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Rescinding Outdated Regulations Implementing Provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), Civil Rights Center (CRC), will publish in tomorrow’s Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as well as a Direct Final Rule that would rescind its regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions in Section 167 of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, as amended (JTPA). CRC proposed the rescission because the regulations concern programs that are no longer operative.

December 1, 2016

US Department of Labor announces final rule updating nondiscrimination, equal opportunity regulations of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WASHINGTON – To ensure that the U.S. workforce development system serves all people equally, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center issued a final rule today updating the existing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

October 4, 2016

Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance division resolves allegations of discrimination made by US Labor Department

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center and the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, Division of Unemployment Insurance have entered into an agreement to resolve allegations that the state failed to provide adequate language assistance services to those with limited English proficiency to allow meaningful access to Kentucky’s unemployment services.

September 26, 2016

North Carolina Commerce Department agrees to improve access to workforce programs after US Labor Department’s compliance review

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Commerce after a compliance review by the federal department’s Civil Rights Center found the state’s unemployment insurance and employment service programs deficient in providing services to those with limited English proficiency.

June 2, 2016

Benefits.gov website adds location-based technology to personalize, enhance user experience

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that the Benefits.gov – official federal government benefits website – now customizes the user’s search for government benefits based on the user’s location. By personalizing the content on government benefits and other information – and providing content most commonly requested – the site now provides a better and more efficient tool for its users. 

January 25, 2016

Proposed rulemaking updates nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WASHINGTON – The workforce development system is the backbone of job training in the U.S. It provides millions of jobseekers and workers the opportunity to learn new skills and obtain new and better jobs. The system also serves a critical role in our nation’s labor market, bringing together workers and businesses to ensure that workers can find good jobs and that employers can find the skilled workers they need to keep business thriving.

June 9, 2014

OASAM News Release: Minnesota WorkForce Center signs agreement with US Labor Department to serve customers with disabilities in integrated settings [06/09/2014]

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of disability discrimination by an American Job Center in Burnsville, Minnesota. The U.S.

March 11, 2014

OASAM News Release: Colorado Department of Labor & Employment signs agreement with US Labor Department to improve services to persons with disabilities [03/11/2014]

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to address allegations of disability discrimination by a person with hearing impairments against the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment. The U.S. Labor Department's Civil Rights Center investigated allegations that a complainant with a profound hearing loss was denied communication services by Colorado's unemployment insurance program by not providing a qualified American Sign Language interpreter.

April 16, 2012

US Labor Department celebrates 10 years of citizen service through Benefits.gov

Commemorates websites service, technology innovation and e-government success

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Benefits.gov Program and its track record of success in serving the American public. Benefits.gov, formerly GovBenefits.gov, has increased public access to critical information regarding government benefits and consequently has reduced the cost to taxpayers of the processes required to obtain the same information.

April 28, 2011

US Department of Labor announces renewed commitment to fair treatment and equal opportunity for all of its employees

New policy statements prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and pregnancy

November 15, 2010

US Labor Department streamlines federal hiring process

Office of Personnel Management and other federal agencies discuss steps taken toward hiring reforms, simplified application process for job candidates

September 30, 2010

GovBenefits.gov becomes Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov provides enhanced search tools to navigate government programs

February 1, 2010

Secretary Hilda L. Solis presents US Department of Labor budget request for fiscal year 2011

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today, through a national online discussion with stakeholder groups, the general public and the news media, outlined the president's fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for the U.S. Department of Labor, which is built around the vision of "good jobs for everyone." The budget launches innovative ways to prepare workers for 21st century jobs, and makes new investments in programs that protect workers' rights, safety and health in the new economy.

May 7, 2009

Secretary Hilda L. Solis unveils U.S. Department of Labors budget for fiscal year 2010

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today, through a national online discussion with stakeholder groups, the general public and the news media, will outline the president's fiscal year (FY) 2010 budget for the U.S. Department of Labor, which begins to restore worker protection programs and revitalize employment opportunities for the American workforce.

May 5, 2009

U.S. Labor Department earns number one ranking of federal agencies for program and financial performance reporting

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor continued to demonstrate excellence in reporting on program and financial performance by earning a number one ranking in an annual competition of the 24 largest federal agencies. George Mason University's Mercatus Center announced the results of its 10th annual Performance Report Scorecard on May 5.

April 29, 2009

GovBenefits.gov expands outreach to meet increased public need for information about government assistance and benefit programs

Official U.S. benefits Web site marks 7th anniversary by launching Twitter account

WASHINGTON — GovBenefits.gov, a collaborative effort of 17 federal agencies with content on more than 1,000 benefits and assistance programs, today is launching a Twitter account to provide continuous updates about the Web site's resources. In this time of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever to meet citizen demand for information about available benefits.

March 6, 2009

U.S. Department of Labors Wirtz Labor Library selected to receive American Library Associations 2009 John Sessions Memorial Award

Award committee lauds accessibility and visibility through digitization, lecture series efforts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Wirtz Labor Library has been selected by the American Library Association as the winner of the 2009 John Sessions Memorial Award, which honors a library or library system’s significant work with the labor community that has brought recognition to the history and contributions of the labor movement toward the development of the United States.