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Department of Labor

200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella

Chief Economist (vacancy)
Chief of Staff Wayne Palmer
Executive Secretariat Director Elizabeth Way, Acting

Administrator, Wage and Hour Division (vacancy)
Chief Administrative Law Judge Stephen R. Henley
Chief Financial Officer Geoffrey Kenyon, Acting
Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics William Wiatrowski, Acting
Deputy Undersecretary, Bureau of International Labor Affairs Mark Mittelhauser, Acting
Inspector General Scott S. Dahl
Ombudsman, Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Malcolm Nelson
Solicitor of Labor Nicholas Geale, Acting

Employee Benefits Security Administration Timothy Hauser, Acting
Employment and Training Administration Byron Zuidema, Acting
Mine Safety and Health Administration Patricia Silvey, Acting
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Thomas Galassi, Acting
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (vacancy)
Office of Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy, Acting
Office of Public Affairs (vacancy)
Office of the Assistant Secretary, Administration and Management Edward C. Hugler, Acting
Office of the Assistant Secretary, Policy (vacancy)
Veterans' Employment and Training Services John Lowry

Administrative Review Board Paul M. Igasaki
Benefits Review Board Betty Jean Hall
Employees' Compensation Appeals Board Christopher Godfrey

Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (vacancy)
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs Gary Steinberg, Acting
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Thomas Dowd, Acting
Office of Labor-Management Standards Andrew Auerbach, Acting
Office of Public Engagement (vacancy)
Women's Bureau Joan Harrigan-Farrelly, Acting

The Department of Labor promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees by improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment, protecting retirement and health care benefits, matching workers to employers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in economic indicators on a national scale.


The Department of Labor (DOL) was created by act of March 4, 1913 (29 U.S.C. 551). Congress first created a Bureau of Labor in the Interior Department by act of June 24, 1884. The Bureau of Labor later became independent as a Department of Labor without executive rank by act of June 13, 1888. It returned to bureau status in the Department of Commerce and Labor, which was created by act of February 14, 1903 (15 U.S.C. 1501; 29 U.S.C. 1 note).

The DOL posts its organizational chart online.

The DOL relies on a number of offices and agencies to carry out its mission. These components are organized into major program areas, and an Assistant Secretary or other official heads each of them.


The DOL administers a variety of Federal labor laws to guarantee workers' rights to fair, safe, and healthy working conditions, including minimum hourly wage and overtime pay, protection against employment discrimination, and unemployment insurance.


The Secretary is the principal adviser to the President on the development and execution of policies and the administration and enforcement of laws relating to wage earners, their working conditions, and their employment opportunities.

Administrative Law

Administrative law judges from the Office of Administrative Law Judges preside over formal adversarial hearings involving labor-related matters: the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, the Defense Base, the Black Lung Benefits, the McNamara O'Hara Service Contract, and the Davis Bacon Act; environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection laws; permanent and temporary immigration; child labor law violations; employment discrimination; training; seasonal and migrant workers; and Federal construction and service contracts. The Office is comprised of headquarters in Washington, D.C. and seven district offices. Its judges are nonpolitical appointees: They are appointed under and guaranteed decisional independence by the Administrative Procedure Act. The Administrative Review Board or Benefits Review Board typically reviews appeals of the decisions made by the Office's judges. Depending upon the statute at issue, appeals then go to Federal district or appellate courts and, ultimately, may go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Administration and Management

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management is responsible for the development and promulgation of policies, standards, procedures, systems, and materials related to the resource and administrative management of the Department and for the execution of such policies and directives at Headquarters and in the field.

Audits / Investigations

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts audits to review the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of all DOL programs and operations, including those performed by its contractors and grantees. The Inspector General works to answer the following types of questions: Do Department programs and operations comply with the applicable laws and regulations; are departmental resources being utilized efficiently and economically; and are DOL programs achieving their intended results? The Office also conducts administrative, civil, and criminal investigations relating to violations of Federal laws, regulations, or rules—including violations committed by DOL contractors and grantees—as well as investigations of allegations of misconduct on the part of DOL employees. In addition, the OIG has an "external" program function to conduct criminal investigations to combat the influence of labor racketeering and organized crime in the nation's labor unions. The OIG conducts labor racketeering investigations in three areas: employee benefit plans, labor-management relations, and internal union affairs. The OIG also works with other law enforcement partners on human trafficking matters.

Communications / Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) directs and coordinates all public and employee communications activities. The Assistant Secretary of the Office acts as the chief adviser to the Secretary of Labor and his or her Deputy Secretary and to the agency heads and departmental staff for developing and implementing strategies that engage and connect with the public and educate it about the work and mission of the Department.

The Assistant Secretary also acts as the Secretary’s chief adviser on crisis communications. The OPA serves as the first point of contact for news media inquiries, as the clearance and dissemination point for DOL public-facing materials, and it develops and maintains the Department's Web-based, audiovisual, and contact center communications. The OPA also administers "lock ups" when sensitive economic data are released to the press under an embargo.

Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. ODEP helps employers foster inclusive workplaces where all employees can contribute and succeed, and works to improve government workforce systems so people with disabilities can secure good jobs and excel in the workplace.

Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation

The Office of the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program was established in 2004 under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 7385s-15). The EEOICPA is a system of Federal payments to compensate certain nuclear workers for occupational illnesses caused by exposure to toxic substances. This small and independent Office is headed by the Ombudsman, whom the Secretary of Labor appoints. It provides information to claimants on the benefits available under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA and issues annual reports to Congress detailing the complaints, grievances, and requests for assistance that the Office receives.

Federal Contract Compliance

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs administers and enforces three equal employment opportunity laws: Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. As amended, these laws prohibit Federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Executive Order 11246 prohibits Federal contractors and subcontractors, with limited exceptions, from taking adverse employment actions against applicants and employees for asking about, discussing, or sharing information on their pay or the pay of their coworkers. These laws also require Federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunity.
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Labor-Management Standards

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). The LMRDA primarily promotes union democracy and financial integrity in private sector labor unions through standards for union officer elections and union trusteeships and safeguards for union assets. Additionally, the LMRDA promotes labor union and labor-management transparency through reporting and disclosure requirements for labor unions and their officials, employers, labor relations consultants, and surety companies.

OLMS also administers provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and the Foreign Service Act of 1980, which extend comparable protections to Federal labor unions. OLMS does not have jurisdiction over unions representing solely state, county, or municipal employees. In addition, the Division of Statutory Programs (DSP) administers DOL responsibilities under the Federal Transit Act by ensuring that fair and equitable arrangements protecting mass transit employees are in place before the release of Federal transit grant funds.

Legal Services

The Office of the Solicitor of Labor (SOL) provides comprehensive legal services to help the Department achieve its mission. More specifically, the Solicitor serves dual roles in the Department. The Solicitor is the Department's chief enforcement officer, pursuing affirmative litigation on behalf of the Secretary before administrative law judges, review boards and commissions, and in the Federal district courts and courts of appeals. The Solicitor is also the Department's general counsel, assisting in the development of regulations, standards, and legislative proposals; providing legal opinions and advice on all of the Department’s activities; advising the Solicitor General on Supreme Court litigation; and coordinating with the Department of Justice, as appropriate, to defend the Department in litigation.

Policy and Rulemaking

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy advises and assists the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Department on policy development, policy evaluation, regulation, and legislation that improve the lives of workers, retirees, and their families. The Office also serves as the DOL’s regulatory policy officer and regulatory reform officer to ensure that the Department complies with the regulatory and guidance development requirements of Executive Order 12866, as amended, Executive Order 13777, and any other related Office of Management and Budget circular or bulletin. The Office leads special initiatives and manages department-wide and interdepartmental activities. In its capacity as the DOL's policy innovation arm, it invests in research and analysis of current and emerging labor issues.

Workers' Compensation

The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) protects workers who are injured or become ill on the job by making decisions on claims, paying benefits, and helping workers return to their jobs. OWCP administers eight major disability compensation statutes: the Federal Employees' Compensation Act; the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act; the Defense Base Act (DBA); the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act; the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act; the War Hazards Compensation Act; the Black Lung Benefits Act; and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act. OWCP serves specific employee groups that are covered under the relevant statutes and regulations by mitigating the financial burden resulting from workplace injury or illness and promoting return to work when appropriate. Dependents or survivors may also be eligible for benefits.


Administrative Review

The Administrative Review Board (ARB) consists of five members appointed by the Secretary. It issues final agency decisions for appeals cases under a wide range of worker protection laws, including the Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Davis Bacon Act (DBA). The appeals cases primarily address environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection; H-1B immigration provisions; child labor law violations; employment discrimination; job training; seasonal and migrant workers. The Board's cases generally arise upon appeal from decisions of Department of Labor Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) or the Administrator of the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Depending upon the statute at issue, the parties may appeal the Board's decisions to Federal district or appellate courts and, ultimately, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Benefits Review

The Benefits Review Board (BRB) consists of five members appointed by the Secretary. In 1972, Congress created the Board to review and issue decisions on appeals of workers' compensation cases arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and its extensions, and the Black Lung Benefits amendments to the Federal Coal Mine Safety Act of 1969. Board decisions may be appealed to the U.S. Courts of Appeals and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Employees' Compensation Appeals

The Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB) is a five-member quasi-judicial body appointed by the Secretary and delegated exclusive jurisdiction by Congress to hear and make final decisions on appeals filed by Federal workers arising under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). The Board was created by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1946 (60 Stat. 1095). The Board's decisions are not reviewable and are binding upon the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).

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Agencies / Programs

The DOL carries out its mission through a number of offices and agencies, which are organized into major program areas. An Assistant Secretary, Director, or other official oversees each of these offices and agencies.

A–Z Index

The DOL Web site features an alphabetical index to help visitors search for information or browse topics of interest.

Business Opportunities

The Office of Procurement Services is the primary procurement office for the DOL national office. It carries out most contracting, grants, and related activities. The Office procures a variety of goods and services on a recurring basis: auditors, expert witnesses, moving services, printing and graphics, support services, technical studies, and video productions. It also acts as the central procurement center for the Department’s information technology needs. Phone, 202-693-4570.

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization administers the DOL's small business program in accordance with the Small Business Act. It seeks to ensure a fair share of procurement opportunities for small businesses, as well as for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certified, service-disabled veteran-owned, small disadvantaged, and woman-owned small businesses. Phone, 202-603-7299.


Detailed information on job opportunities with the DOL—including the addresses and telephone numbers of personnel offices in the regions and in Washington, DC—is available online.

Find It!

The "Find It" Web page allows Internet visitors to look for information by audience or by topic. It also contains the following internal links: A–Z index, DOL agencies, DOL forms, DOL services by location, and top 20 requested items.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA provides that anyone can request access to Federal agency records or information. The DOL must disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. Pursuant, however, to one or more of nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the law, a Federal agency may withhold information. The FOIA applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, State or local government agencies, and private entities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to many FAQs are posted on the DOL's Web site.


A historical timeline is available on the DOL's Web site.

The history of the DOL in narrative form is available on its Web site.


The Wirtz Labor Library maintains an online card catalog of holdings added to the library after January of 1975. The online catalog also includes collections of historical significance: for example, the Folio and James Taylor Collections. The library is open to the public from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on weekdays, excluding Federal holidays. If the purpose of a visit is to access research material, contact the library in advance: Wirtz Labor Library, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Frances Perkins Building, Room N–2445, Washington, DC 20210. Phone, 202-693-6600. | Email:

Minimum Wage

The DOL Web site features a list of DOL Web pages that deal with the topic of minimum wage. The Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the federal minimum wage law.


The newsroom features the DOL newsletter, news releases, and press resources, including national media contact information. Phone, 202-693-4676.

Office of Inspector General (OIG)

To file a complaint of abuse, fraud, or waste, use the online complaint form, call the OIG Hotline, or write to the Office of Inspector General, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–5506, Washington, DC 20210. Phone, 202-693-6999 or 800-347-3756. Fax, 202-693-7020.

The OIG maintains a glossary of terms related to its activities and mission.

Open Government

The DOL has a comprehensive Open Government plan to support the making of a more accountable, responsive, and transparent Government.

Plain Language

The DOL is committed to producing documents whose content complies with Federal plain language guidelines. It trains its employees and has adopted an oversight process to ensure the use of plain language in any document that is necessary for obtaining Federal Government benefits or services or filing taxes, provides information on Federal Government benefits or services, or explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the Federal Government administers or enforces.

Popular Topics

The DOL Web site features a topics page with links for convenient access to popular material.


The Office of Public Affairs distributes factsheets that describe the activities of the major agencies within the Department. See individual agency webpages for more information.

Public Disclosure

The Office of Labor-Management Standards maintains an online disclosure room where online visitors can search for union annual financial reports starting with the year 2000; view and print reports filed by unions, union officers and employees, employers, and labor relations consultants starting with the year 2000; and order copies of reports for the years prior to 2000. Certain collective bargaining agreements are also available. OLMS has public disclosure room: 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–1519, Washington, DC 20210, which offers the same materials. | Email:


The DOL supports the Hispanic workforce. An online list highlights some of the Department's Spanish resources. This list is intended for English-speakers who are looking for information in Spanish to share with the Hispanic community.

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210


Associate Deputy Undersecretary Vacant
Associate Deputy Undersecretary Mark Mittelhauser

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) promotes a fair global playing field for workers and businesses in the United States by enforcing trade commitments; strengthening labor standards; and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. ILAB combines trade and labor monitoring and enforcement, policy engagement, technical assistance, and research to carry out the international responsibilities of the Department.

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Contracts / Grants

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs partners with international organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, research institutions, and others to advance workers' rights and livelihoods through technical assistance projects, research, and project evaluations. These activities are funded through grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.

Laws / Regulations

ILAB's work supports the President's and the Secretary of Labor's objectives related to labor and foreign policy and meets all applicable congressional mandates. The Bureau's Web site features a page of laws and regulations that are relevant to its work.


The Bureau posts news releases on its Web site.


Legislation and delegations from the President mandate that ILAB prepare a number of reports to inform policy deliberations and the public about certain trade and labor issues. ILAB publishes three reports on international child labor and forced labor that serve as valuable resources for research, advocacy, government action and corporate responsibility. These reports are The Department of Labor's Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor; the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor; and the List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor. For each new trade agreement that the President submits to Congress, ILAB prepares reports on the potential employment impacts in the United States and on the labor rights situation in the proposed partner country or countries.


ILAB conducts and funds rigorous research and evaluation projects and uses the results to inform the design and implementation of policy and programs. Our research programs cover the effects of trade on American workers, cross-country comparisons of labor markets, worker livelihoods, and worker rights and related enforcement issues, including with regard to child labor and forced labor around the world.

Web-based Resources

The Bureau's Web sites features a toolkit to help responsible entrepreneurs reduce the chance that their products—and the raw materials from which they are made—are harvested, manufactured, or mined by children who should be in school or by workers who are locked in sweatshops or forced to work through threats or false promises. ILAB has also made available to the public a research app, Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World. This app represents a comprehensive resource, developed by ILAB, documenting child labor and forced labor worldwide, with data and research from ILAB's three flagship reports on child labor and forced labor.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20212


800-877-8339 (TDD)

COMMISSIONER William Wiatrowski, Acting
Deputy Commissioner Vacant

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was established, in the Department of the Interior, as the Bureau of Labor by the act of June 27, 1884 (23 Stat. 60). It was renamed the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the act of March 4, 1913 (37 Stat. 737). The BLS measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. It also collects, analyzes, and disseminates essential economic information to support public and private decisionmaking.

The Bureau strives to have its data satisfy a number of criteria, including: relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today's rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.

Basic data are issued in monthly, quarterly, and annual news releases; bulletins, reports, and special publications; and periodicals. Regional offices issue additional reports and releases that often contain content of local or regional relevance.

Sources of Information

Data Tools

Calculators, databases, and tables are available online.


Information on career opportunities is available online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The BLS posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.


The BLS maintains a glossary on its Web site.


The BLS publishes bulletins and reports and economic news releases. Its major publications include "Beyond the Numbers," "Career Outlook," "Monthly Labor Review," "Occupational Outlook Handbook," "The Economics Daily", and "Spotlight on Statistics." These publications are available online. For more information, contact the Washington Information Office or one of the Bureau's regional offices.

Regional Information

Economic statistics and data according to geographic areas are available on the "Regional Information Offices" Web page.

Resources by Audience

The BLS Web site contains pages of useful information on the economy for the benefit of specific audiences: business leaders, consumers, developers, economists, investors, job seekers, media, public policymakers, students and teachers, and survey respondents.

A–Z Index

The BLS Web site features an alphabetical index to help visitors navigate its content.

An overview of statistics on unemployment is available on the BLS Web site.

An overview of statistics on employment is available on the BLS Web site.


The BLS Web site features an online subscription form to sign up for electronic updates.

Employee Benefits Security Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Vacant
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations Timothy Hauser

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) promotes and protects the retirement, health, and other benefits of the over 149 million participants and beneficiaries in approximately 685,000 private retirement plans, 2.2 million health plans, and similar numbers of other welfare benefit plans. We accomplish this mission by developing effective regulations; assisting and educating workers, plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and service providers; and vigorously enforcing the law. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act is enforced through 13 field offices nationwide and a national office in Washington, DC.

Sources of Information


EBSA's workers and families assistance Web page provides accessible information on programs and services, answers to frequently asked questions, and assistance where a health or retirement benefit has been denied inappropriately.

Key Topics

The EBSA Web site features a page with links to key topics: health and other employee benefits, reporting and filing, and retirement.


A list of EBSA regional and district offices is available online.


The EBSA distributes booklets, fact sheets, and pamphlets on employer responsibilities and employee rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. A list of publications is available online or from the Office of Outreach, Education, and Assistance. Phone, 866-444-3272.

Reading Room

The EBSA maintains a disclosure room at Room N–1515, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Reports filed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act may be examined in the public disclosure room and generated for 15 cents per page. Phone, 202-693-8673.


Information is available in Spanish.

Employment and Training Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20520


Deputy Assistant Secretary Byron Zuidema
Deputy Assistant Secretary William Thompson, Acting
Deputy Assistant Secretary Gay Gilbert, Acting

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services, primarily through State and local workforce development systems. ETA also administers programs to enhance employment opportunities and business prosperity.

Apprenticeship Programs

The Office of Apprenticeship oversees the National Apprenticeship System, sets standards for apprenticeship, and assists States, industry, and labor in developing apprenticeship programs that meet required standards while promoting equal opportunity and safeguarding the welfare of apprentices.

Contracts Management

The Office of Contracts Management (OCM) provides leadership and direction to ensure acquisition excellence, integrity, accountability, and sound management of procurement resources to support Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Job Corps goals and guiding principles for the acquisition of goods and services. Job Corps contracts account for 75 percent of the Department’s contracting activity. Non-Job Corps contract activity supports ETA grant programs through technical assistance and long-term studies and evaluations.

Financial Administration

The Office of Financial Administration (OFA) is responsible for managing all ETA fiscal resources for programs and activities for which funds are appropriated through its functions of accounting, budget, and financial system oversight. OFA provides critical budgetary, accounting, audit, and internal control management. It coordinates with the Departmental Budget Center and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to provide financial management supporting the accomplishment of all aspects of ETA's mission.

Foreign Labor Certification

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) carries out the delegated responsibility of the Secretary of Labor under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, concerning the admission of foreign workers into the United States for employment.

In carrying out this responsibility, OFLC administers temporary nonimmigrant and permanent labor certification programs through ETA’s National Processing Centers located, respectively, in Chicago and Atlanta.

OFLC also administers nationally the issuance of employer-requested prevailing wage determinations through ETA’s National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center located in Washington, DC. Prevailing wage determinations are issued for use in all nonagricultural temporary labor certification programs and the permanent labor certification program.

Job Training

The Office of Job Corps (OJC) teaches young adults relevant skills they need to become employable and independent and helps them secure meaningful jobs or opportunities for further education. OJC has six regional offices responsible for monitoring and oversight of Job Corps centers, outreach and admissions, and career transition services.

Management and Administrative Services

The Office of Management and Administrative Services (OMAS) is responsible for managing administrative and grant management programs for ETA. OMAS provides critical grant-making, human resources management, information technology services, controlled correspondence, emergency preparedness, Freedom of Information Act coordination, facilities management, and facilitates communication and coordination of activities providing strategic advice, counsel, and customer service to ETA’s National Office and six regions. OMAS also provides technological infrastructure and administrative support for critical ETA functions.

Policy Development and Research

The Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDR) supports ETA policies and investments to improve the public workforce system by analyzing, formulating, and recommending legislative changes and options for policy initiatives, including budget justifications. OPDR coordinates ETA’s legislative and regulatory activities and their interactions with international organizations and foreign countries. OPDR maintains ETA’s portion of the Department's regulatory agenda and disseminates advisories and publications to the public workforce system. OPDR provides ETA with strategic approaches to improve performance and outcomes through research, demonstrations, and evaluation of its major programs. OPDR manages the Workforce Investment Act performance accountability reporting system; oversees the maintenance of wage record exchange systems for State and other grantees; coordinates the development of ETA's Operating Plan; and disseminates workforce program performance results. OPDR also provides policy guidance and technical assistance on the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is responsible for administering a workers assistance program for those who have lost or may lose their jobs because of foreign trade. The TAA program provides reemployment services and allowances for eligible individuals.

Unemployment Compensation

The Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) provides national leadership, oversight, policy guidance, and technical assistance to the Federal-State unemployment compensation system. OUI also interprets Federal legislative requirements.

Workforce Investment

The Office of Workforce Investment (OWI) is responsible for implementing an integrated national workforce investment system that supports economic growth and provides workers with the information, advice, job search assistance, supportive services, and training needed for employment. OWI also helps employers acquire skilled workers.

Sources of Information


The ETA uses its advisory system to disseminate its interpretations of Federal laws; procedural, administrative, management, and program direction; and other information to the States, direct grant recipients, and other interested parties.


Unemployment insurance data are available on the ETA Web site.

Program data from the Office of Foreign Labor Certification are available on the ETA Web site.

Statistics, charts, and other information used to analyze the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program are available on the ETA Web site.

Job Corps

Answers to frequently asked questions are posted on the Job Corps Web site.

The six Job Corps regional offices oversee Job Corps centers nationwide. Contact information for these regional offices is available on the Job Corps Web site.

Job Corps trains more than 60,000 students at 125 centers nationwide. Contact information for these training centers is available on the Job Corps Web site. Phone 800-733-5627.


A large repository of information is available online at the ETA Library.


The ETA posts news releases on its Web site.

Regional Offices

Contact information for the ETA's six regional offices is available on its Web site.


The research publication database provides access to a collection of research and evaluation reports. The ETA commissioned the research and evaluation reports to help guide the workforce investment system in administering effective programs that enhance employment opportunity and business.

Youth Services

The Division of Youth Services has a "Resources" Web page.

Mine Safety and Health Administration

201 12th Street South, Suite 400, Arlington, Virginia 22202


ASSISTANT SECRETARY Patricia W. Silvey, Acting
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations Patricia W. Silvey
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Vacant

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was created in 1978, when the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 transferred the Federal mine safety program from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Labor.

The MSHA promotes safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation’s miners. The MSHA develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines. The MSHA also provides technical, educational, and other assistance to mine operators.

Sources of Information


Mine safety and health data—information on accidents, air sampling, employment, injuries, illnesses, inspections, production totals, violations, and more—are available on the MSHA Web site. Compliance calculator tools that allow users to find a mine's history of key health and safety violations are also available the Web site.

Summaries of MSHA data on annual fatality and injury statistics, most frequently cited standards, number of citations and orders issued, total dollar amount of penalties assessed, and more are available on the MSHA Web site.


Information on employment opportunities is available online.

The MSHA seeks motivated professionals committed to ensuring the health and safety of the Nation's miners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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News / Media

The MSHA posts alerts and hazards, announcements, congressional testimonies, events, news releases, photographs and videos, and speeches on its Web site.


A complete listing of MSHA district and field offices is available online.


Current and historical preliminary accident reports, fatalgrams, and fatal investigation reports for metal, nonmetal, and coal mines are accessible on the MSHA Web site. Quarterly and annual summaries of mining fatalities along with associated best practices and preventative recommendations are also accessible.

Part 50 of Title 30 of the "Code of Federal Regulation" (30 CFR Part 50) requires mine operators to notify the MSHA of accidents, requires operators to investigate accidents, and restricts disturbance of accident related areas. This part also requires them to file reports with the MSHA pertaining to accidents, occupational injuries, and occupational illnesses, as well as employment and coal production data. These Data are summarized in quarterly and annual reports.

Resources / Tools

Mine emergency operations information, miners' resources, and technical resources and reports are available on the MSHA Web site.


In the top right corner of the MSHA's home page are an Español option and an Inglés option. Using these options, visitors to the Web site can toggle between content in Spanish or English. | Email:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab
Deputy Assistant Secretary Dorothy Dougherty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), created pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.), assures safe and healthful working conditions for men and women by promulgating common sense, protective health, and safety standards; enforcing workplace safety and health rules; providing training, outreach, education, and assistance to workers and employers in their efforts to control workplace hazards; prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities; and partnering with States that run their own OSHA-approved programs.

Sources of Information

Enforcement Cases

The OSHA Web site features a nationwide map of enforcement cases with initial penalties above $40,000.

File a Complaint

Information on how to file a safety and health complaint and an electronic complaint form are available on the OSHA Web site. Phone, 800-321-6742.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The OSHA is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. An agency may withhold information pursuant to one or more of nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The act applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, State or local government agencies, and private entities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OSHA posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.

Injury and Illness Data

The OSHA Web site features a searchable, establishment-specific database for establishments that provided OSHA with valid data from 1996 through 2011.

Workplace injury, illness, and fatality statistics are available on the OSHA Web site.

Make a Report

Employers must notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related amputation, hospitalization, or loss of an eye. A fatality must be reported within 8 hours; an amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours. An employer should be prepared to supply the name of the business, the names of employees who were affected, the location and time of the incident, a brief description of the incident, and a contact person and phone number.


The OSHA posts news releases, which can be sorted by subject, date, or region, on its Web site.

The "What's New" Web page features news items that are organized chronologically.


A complete listing of OSHA regional and area offices is available online.


OSHA publications are accessible online.

Site Index

An A–Z index is available on the OSHA Web site.


In the top right corner of the OSHA's home page are an Español option and an Inglés option. Using these options, visitors to the Web site can toggle between content in Spanish or English.

Training / Education

Stand-alone, interactive, Web-based training tools—eTools and the eMatrix—are available on the OSHA Web site. These tools are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus.

Prevention video training tools (v-tools) on construction hazards are available on the OSHA Web site. These videos show how workers can be injured suddenly or even killed on the job. The videos assist those who are in the construction industry with identifying, reducing, and eliminating hazards. The videos are presented in clear, accessible vocabulary; show common construction worksite activities; and most are 2–4 minutes long.

Veterans' Employment and Training Service

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy (vacancy)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Management Sam Shellenberger

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is responsible for administering veterans’ employment and training programs and compliance activities that help them and servicemembers succeed in their civilian careers. VETS also administers the Jobs for Veterans State Grant program, which provides grants to States to fund personnel dedicated to serving the employment needs of veterans. VETS field staff works closely with and provides technical assistance to State employment workforce agencies to ensure that veterans receive priority of service and gain meaningful employment. VETS has two competitive grants programs: the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, and the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program. VETS also prepares separating servicemembers for the civilian labor market with its Transition Assistance Program Employment Workshop.

VETS has three distinct compliance programs: the Federal Contractor Program, Veterans’ Preference in Federal hiring and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). With respect to Federal contractors, VETS promulgates regulations and maintains oversight of the program by assisting contractors to comply with their affirmative action and reporting obligations. Although the Office of Personnel Management is responsible for administering and interpreting statutes and regulations governing veterans’ preference in Federal hiring, VETS investigates allegations that veterans’ preference rights have been violated. In addition, VETS preserves servicemembers' employment and reemployment rights through its administration and enforcement of the USERRA statute. VETS conducts thorough investigations of alleged violations and conducts an extensive USERRA outreach program.

Sources of Information

Career Opportunities

The "Find a Job" web page has resources to help veterans find employment.

In 2019, the VETS ranked 227th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

A national office directory is available online.

A regional and State directory is available online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Any person has the right to request access to Federal agency records or information. VETS is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. An agency may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The act applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by State or local government agencies. A FOIA request should be submitted to the appropriate national or regional VETS office by email, fax, or mail. The subject line, cover page, or envelope should be clearly labeled "Freedom of Information Act Request." The content of the request should indicate that it is a FOIA request, and it should contain as much information as possible describing the record or records being sought.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VETS posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.


Information on grants and other opportunities is available online.

News / Media

VETS posts news releases and public service announcements on its Web site.

Wage and Hour Division

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Administrator Laura A. Fortman
Deputy Administrator for Program Operations Patricia Davidson

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor law requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration-related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

Sources of Information

Evaluations / Studies

The WHD posts evaluations and studies on its Web site in Portable Document Format (PDF).

File a Complaint

Instructions for filing a complaint are available online. Phone, 866-487-9243.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The WHD is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. The WHD may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The WHD does not require a special FOIA request form. A request must reasonably describe the desired record. Providing its name or title is not mandatory, but the more specific the record description, the more likely that WHD staff can locate it. A FOIA request must be made in writing and may be submitted by courier service, email, fax, or postal mail.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The WHD provides answers to FAQs on its Web site.


The WHD posts national and State news releases on its Web site.


Contact information for WHD area, district, and regional offices is available on the "WHD Local Offices" Web page.


Resources for workers are available on the WHD Web site.

Resources for employers are available on the WHD Web site.

Resources for State and local governments are available on the WHD Web site.

Women's Bureau

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


DIRECTOR Latifa Lyles
Deputy Director Joan Harrigan-Farrelly

The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women, to advocate for their equality and the economic security of their families, and to promote quality work environments.

The Bureau identifies, researches, and analyzes topics that are relevant for working women; pioneers policies and programs to address those topics; and enhances public education and outreach efforts to raise awareness on key issues and developments affecting women in the workforce.

Sources of Information


The Bureau's Web site features a blog.

Data / Statistics

Current and historical statistics on a broad range of topics and subpopulations of women in the labor force are available online.

Regional Offices

A complete listing of Women's Bureau regional offices is available online.


Resources for women in the labor force produced by or in collaboration with the Bureau are available on its Web site.

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