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The U.S. Department of labor is responsible for monitoring 9and helping to set) occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, employment services and training, and gathering specific economic statistics. It's foundational goal is to "foster, promote and develop the welfare of working people, to improve their working conditions, and to enhance their opportunities for profitable employment."
The organization was first established a Bureau of Labor in 1884. At that time the bureau was part of Department of the Interior. In 1903 it became part of what was then known as Department of Commerce and Labor. In March of 1913 President William Howard Taft signed a bill establishing a seperate Department of Labor as a Cabinet-level. At verious times since then there have been proposals to runite the Departments of Commerce and Labor, but not has become reality.
Current IT Climate
Major Projects by Department - FY2009
Leading Projects at Labor - 2007
OASAM - Unified DOL Technology Infrastructure
PBGC - IT Infrastructure
PBGC - Participant Services
EBSA - Employee Retirement Income Security Act - EFAST 2
ESA - OWCP-Energy IT System
Top Spending Departments - 2007
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment Standards Administration
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Leading Contract Winners at Labor
User Technology Associates
Panacea Consulting Inc.
L-3 Communications Holdings
Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC)
IT Budget History
| $576 (Proposed) |
Numbers = $millions. (Data from the Office of Management and Budget)Note on 2007 & 2008: Most civilian agencies other that the Homeland Security Department did not have a full budget approved since FY2006. A continuing resolution keep agency spending near 2006 levels.
Federal Register - Labor
Latest Labor Department News
News releases (on the DOL site)