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POWER Initiative

On July 19, 2010, President Obama established a 4-year Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) Initiative, covering fiscal years 2011 through 2014. The POWER Initiative will extend prior workplace safety and health efforts of the Federal Government by setting more aggressive performance targets, encouraging the collection and analysis of data on the causes and consequences of frequent or severe injury and illness, and prioritizing safety and health management programs that have proven effective in the past. Under the POWER Initiative, each executive department and agency will be expected to improve its performance in seven areas:

    1. reducing total injury and illness case rates;
    2. reducing lost time injury and illness case rates;
    3. analyzing lost time injury and illness data;
    4. increasing the timely filing of workers' compensation claims;
    5. increasing the timely filing of wage-loss claims;
    6. reducing lost production day rates; and
    7. speeding employees' return to work in cases of serious injury or illness.

The POWER initiative sets forth minimum targets for improvement in each of the seven goals above, measured against a baseline of agency performance in fiscal year 2009. Agencies have been encouraged to set more challenging targets above the minimum levels, and are invited to contact the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to communicate regarding those targets. Once Federal agency targets for fiscal year 2011 have been determined, they will be displayed on this page. Beginning after the first quarter of FY2011, Federal agency performance data under the POWER Initiative will be posted on this page on a quarterly basis. Any inquiries concerning goals one through three of the POWER initiative may be directed to OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs at (202) 693-2122. Inquiries concerning goals four through seven may be directed to DFEC's Branch of Technical Assistance at (202) 693-0040.

To view the memorandum sent by Secretary Solis to the heads of executive branch departments and agencies concerning the POWER initiative, including a table of minimum targets for the goals of the initiative, please click here.

On October 13, 2010, an interagency meeting took place to introduce the POWER Initiative.

On October 15, 2012, Secretary Solis issued a memorandum which revised portions of the POWER initiative for FY2013 and FY2014 and established a new goal to be monitored by OWCP. POWER Goal 8 will measure whether a federal agency has complied with the regulatory requirement to establish a method for electronic submission of Forms CA-1, CA-2 and CA-7. Please click here to view the memorandum.

Previous Initiative

Prior to the POWER Initiative, agency performance was measured under the Safety, Health and Return to Employment (SHARE) Initiative. For more information about SHARE, please click here.

Return-to-Work Resources

Agencies subject to goal 7 of the POWER initiative are tasked with increasing the percentage of injured workers that return to employment within 2 years. OWCP aims to assist agencies in achieving successful return to work of their injured employees. Here are some resources and guidance for all agencies interested in this endeavor.

POWER Council

The POWER Council provides a forum for the sharing of challenges, best practices, knowledge, and experience to help enhance workplace safety and minimize the impact of workplace injuries. To visit the POWER Council page, please click here.

POWER Statistics by Agency

The tables below provide POWER goal progress for Federal agencies and sub-agencies as of FY 2014 year end.

Green Ball Green = Target Met

Yellow Square Yellow = Goal Partially Met (Some agency components in compliance)

Red Triangle Red = Target Not Met

N/A = Data not available or not collected

Please click agency name to view agency and sub-agency performance data

NOTE: Because the POWER Initiative ended in FY2014, no agency performance targets have been established for subsequent fiscal years. Therefore, while we continue to report agency performance for the measures tracked under Goals 4, 5 and 7 on a quarterly basis, the indicators below reflect year end agency performance toward meeting POWER targets for FY2014.


All Government X = Met target
Legislative Branch
Judicial Branch
Executive Branch
Independent Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions, Offices
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  1. Performance data is not shown for independent agencies, bureaus, commissions or offices which reported no cases in baseline FY2009

  2. Goal 3 is not tracked on a quarterly basis. Results will be reported at the end of the Fiscal Year

  3. Goal 7 performance is tracked only for the 14 agencies with statistically significant case volumes

  4. Department of Defense overall performance for goals 1-6 includes Army, Navy and Air Force. DOD performance for goal 7 excludes, Army, Navy and Air Force, which are shown individually

  5. Architect of the Capitol includes the U.S. Botanic Gardens for the TCR and LTCR

  6. LPD results for DOL do not include Job Corps; LPD results for Peace Corps do not include PC volunteers

  7. For Executive Branch agencies, TCR and LTCR targets are established for the overall department level only