|November 6, 2008|
* Includes 700 FTE in FY 2000 and 719 in 2001 for the Working Capital Fund and 45 FTE in FY 2000 and 35 FTE in FY 2001 for DM reimbursable activities.
The Departmental Management (DM) appropriation provides funding for the following activities: Program Direction and Support, Legal Services, International Labor Affairs, Administration and Management, Adjudication, Disability Policy which includes the Office of Disability Policy, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (ODPET) and the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities, Women's Bureau, Civil Rights, Chief Financial Officer and a centralized Information Technology Activity administered by the CIO office. These activities are responsible for formulating and overseeing the achievement of Departmental policy, for the overall management of Departmental programs and resources, and for providing a variety of unique services in ensuring equal employment opportunity in Departmental programs, in supporting the rights of workers and promoting issues involving women in America's workplaces and in promoting the employment of people with disabilities nationwide.
The budget for the DM appropriation is $459.1 million and 1,715 FTE for FY 2001, an increase of $193.4 million and 74 FTE over FY 2000. In addition, the Working Capital Fund, which is a no-year revolving fund that provides centralized administrative support services financed through assessments of DOL agencies, will be increased by a total of $963 thousand and 19 FTE.
Program Direction and Support
The FY 2001 Budget includes a comprehensive initiative, $1 million and 2 FTE, for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) to: 1) ensure that the Department meets the Secretary's directive to meet the government-wide procurement activity goal as it applies to small businesses, and; 2) implement the Executive Orders as they relate to Minority Colleges and Universities.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP), provides coordination, research, and policy leadership pivotal to the success of many DOL programs. In FY 2001, $20 million is included for a Making Family Leave More Affordable initiative to fund roughly 15 competitive planning grants for states and other interested entities to explore ways to make parental leave and other forms of family leave more affordable and accessible for American workers. These grants will help interested States and other entities to identify in more detail the workers who need financial assistance to take parental/family leave and to evaluate and develop options to aid these workers.
This budget includes increases totaling $3.034 million and 26 FTE to provide legal services in support of enhancements to several programs such as ERISA, OFCCP, Wage Hour, MSHA, OSHA and ETA programs. Included in this funding is support to help the Department of Justice in connection with criminal enforcement of worker-protection laws.
International Labor Affairs
An estimated 250 million children between the ages of 5 to 14 years, are working in developing countries, and millions of these children work under abusive or dangerous conditions. The Administration has accomplished two major Child Labor milestones in recent years - dramatic growth in the International Program for the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC), and ratification of ILO convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.
The FY 2001 request recommends taking these efforts to the next level by supporting educational opportunities that not only encourage the removal of children from these abusive and dangerous working environments, but that provide them with real opportunities and real hope for a better future. The request includes a total of $100 million to support international efforts to eliminate child labor through a comprehensive strategy with two inter-related components: first, the U.S. contribution to IPEC will increase by 50% ($45 million) for multilateral assistance which will increase the number of abused children served, in more industries and in more countries; second, a new bilateral assistance program funded at $55 million will help countries establish an accessible, affordable and decent education as a viable alternative to child labor.
The budget includes funding for several multilateral initiatives designed to help the ILO with its multilateral technical assistance program. In support of the Secretary's commitment to raising labor standards throughout the world, the budget includes $10 million in increased funding for DOL's bilateral technical assistance program designed to raise core labor standards and improve the social safety net programs of our trading partners. The budget also includes $10 million and 3 FTE for a new Global HIV/AIDS Workplace initiative targeted at providing multilateral assistance to the ILO to support health education and HIV prevention in the workplace. In addition, the budget includes $4.25 million and 17 FTE to DOL for a joint DOL, EPA, and State Department $10 million effort to monitor labor and environmental related concerns about global economic integration through the development of better public information and technical assistance with respect to enforcement of domestic labor laws in developing countries.
Administration and Management
Three initiatives in this activity in FY 2001, include: 1) $793 thousand to enable the Chief Information Officer to ensure that DOL meets the legislative mandates of the Clinger-Cohen Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and the Computer Security Act, and; 2) $650 thousand for Alternative Dispute Resolution programs and; 3) $350 thousand for Lifelong Learning Activities for DOL employees.
The FY 2001 budget includes $20.446 million and 47 FTE to establish the Office of Disability Policy, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (ODPET). The creation of the new office was recommended by the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities. Under the leadership of an Assistant Secretary, ODPET's mission is to bring a heightened and permanent disability focus within DOL through policy evaluation, technical assistance and development of best practices. ODPET will subsume the responsibilities of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (PCEPD) in terms of working with employers to encourage them to create opportunities for people with disabilities. The office will work within the Department to increase participation of people with disabilities in DOL training programs, with a targeted emphasis on those serving youth. In addition, ODPET will subsume the PCEPD workforce recruitment program and High School/High Tech program and other various programs and projects designed to break new ground in the employment of youth with disabilities. Finally, first year activities will also include the provision of grants and technical assistance to increase access for people with disabilities to the One-Stop Career Centers.
Through the creation of ODPET, there will be established a Federally chartered corporation known as the National Disability Business Development Board. The National Disability Business Development Board membership will be comprised of America's business leaders, organized labor, rehabilitation and service providers, and disability-related organizations currently advising the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Specific functions will include: improving the access of individuals with disabilities to financial institutions, commercial and business enterprises; providing incentives to, and collaborating with, both public and private sectors to ensure the necessary levels of resources/investments in employment initiatives for individuals with disabilities; and leveraging funds for public awareness about disability and employment.
The Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities will continue its efforts during FY 2001 to create a coordinated and aggressive national policy to bring adults with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population. The Secretary of Labor and the current Chairman of the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively. The Task Force includes heads of several Cabinet agencies as well as other Federal agencies responsible for addressing disability issues. The budget includes $2.556 million and 10 FTE to support the work of the Task Force in FY 2001. The Task Force is analyzing the barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities and will report its findings with policy recommendations to the President on a periodic basis. The Task Force will submit its next report to the President on November 15, 2000 and a final report on July 26, 2002.
In FY 2001, the budget provides $1 million for the Women's Bureau to participate in DOL's efforts to expand the President's Equal Pay initiative. This request includes funding for the Women's Bureau to: conduct a research symposium for human resources professionals, women, disability and civil rights organizations to focus on equal pay issues; undertake a public service campaign on equal pay issues, and; develop and disseminate materials to One-Stops to inform customers about high paying careers in non-traditional employment as well as train One-stop staff. The Women's Bureau will also work with ETA's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training on the $1 million women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations (WANTO) initiative, also included in the President's Equal Pay Initiative, to increase women's participation in non-traditional apprenticeships and jobs.
The total proposed funding in the FY 2001 budget for this activity, $ 6.384 million and 57 FTE, includes $536 thousand to support the President's civil rights agenda and the development and administration of compliance training of program administrators specifically as it relates to the employment of adults with disabilities in programs receiving financial assistance from DOL, and; assistance for compliance of Job Corps centers to ensure that they are in full compliance with the Civil Rights Act and other nondiscrimination regulations.
Chief Financial Officer
Information Technology Activities
Working Capital Fund