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Department of Labor News

DHS, DoD asking OMB for sequestration reprogramming authority

Homeland Security, Defense and USDA are asking the Office of Management and Budget for the ability to reprogram agency funds to soften the blow of sequestration. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said the agency must cut $3 billion by Sept. 30 and every mission, contract and person will be impacted in some way. She said the Coast Guard already is feeling the impact of the cuts in mission areas.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 05:50am EDT
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Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind

Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind, willingness to work with business, labor to create jobs

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 02:26pm EDT

GOP lawmakers blast Labor secretary nominee

GOP lawmakers blast Labor nominee over deal he brokered as top Justice official

Monday - 04/15/2013, 11:36am EDT

Obama nominates Justice official to top Labor slot

Obama nominates Justice's Thomas Perez as labor secretary, Republicans raise concerns

Tuesday - 03/19/2013, 12:14am EDT

Obama nominates Justice official for top Labor slot

Seeking to fill another second-term Cabinet vacancy, President Barack Obama nominated Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general, to be the next secretary of labor.

Monday - 03/18/2013, 11:52am EDT

Pentagon spends nearly $1B a year on unemployment

Pentagon sends nearly $1 billion a year in unemployment checks to troops who left voluntarily

Friday - 03/15/2013, 06:28pm EDT

$4 billion up for grabs and $1.6 billion potential cuts

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts examine how the ongoing budget battle is affecting contracting.
March 14, 2013

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 06:54pm EDT
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AP source: Obama poised to pick Perez for Labor

AP source: Obama poised to nominate Justice Dept. civil rights official to head Dept. of Labor

Monday - 03/11/2013, 01:58pm EDT

Coburn calls for partial federal job freeze as sequestration nears

The Republican senator from Oklahoma is asking the Office of Management and Budget to require agencies to stop hiring for certain positions. Instead, he would like that funding put towards mission critical jobs that could be affected by sequestration cuts. Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found 10 jobs listed on USAJobs.gov that he believes could be frozen. He says this would give agencies $1.4 million to spend on positions like border security officers and TSA screeners.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 03:03pm EST

Labor Secretary Solis resigning

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has told colleagues she is resigning from Obama administration. Solis, a former California congresswoman, has led the department for nearly four years, after being confirmed by the Senate in February 2009.

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 06:28pm EST

Feds with families hardest hit by proposed changes to workers' comp

Disabled federal workers with dependents would be among the hardest hit by proposed changes to federal workers' compensation benefits, according to an analysis by the Government Accountability Office. The Labor Department has proposed setting a uniform level of compensation 70 percent of the pre-injury salary regardless of dependents and further reducing benefits to 50 percent when employees reach retirement age. But in its report which simulated those proposed changes, GAO raised concerns about the effects on beneficiaries.

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 07:11pm EST

NIST's Leaf to become Labor deputy CIO

Dawn Leaf takes over for Tom Wiesner who retired in June.

Friday - 11/16/2012, 02:24pm EST

Budget showdown fizzles

Ever watch an inept team of trainees assemble then take apart an explosive device? If not, move to D.C. or watch live coverage of Congress on TV. With Congress, you get the political version which, more often than not, ends in a whimper rather than a bang, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 02:00am EDT

Labor Dept. says defense layoffs 'speculative,' no need for warning

Defense industry executives have spent the last few weeks warning that across-the-board budgets cuts that go into effect in January, could force them to issue notifications to employees in the fall to warn of impending layoffs. However, in a new memo issued Monday, the Labor Department said the lack of clarity about how the cuts would be applied means it would be "inappropriate" to issue Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notifications.

Monday - 07/30/2012, 09:11pm EDT

Fear hinders hiring people with disabilities

This week is the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive order to hire 100,000 more people with disabilities into the federal government by 2015. But the government is not on track to meet that goal, only hiring 20,000 people with disabilities for fiscal 2010 and 2011 combined, according to the Office of Personnel Management. As of fiscal 2010, less than 1 percent of the federal workforce had a targeted disability.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Thousands of service members transition to private sector jobs

Some 250,000 service members leave the military each year and all must attend counseling on finances and other issues whether they served six years or 26 years, whether they saw the battlefield or not.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 03:04am EDT

FBI, SEC and Labor Department investigate possible data leaks

Federal criminal and civil investigators looked into possible leaks of economic data that the government provides early to news organizations, according to a report released Tuesday by the Labor Department.

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:55pm EDT

Media execs: Progress in dispute over gov't data

Progress is being made in talks with government officials over a Labor Department proposal to require reporters to use agency computers and telephone lines to file stories on newly released economic data, media organizations told Congress on Wednesday.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 02:30pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- May 18

The Federal Drive talks to Susan Grundmann, the chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, about changes to federal employment cases. Plus, interviews with top officials from the Broadcasting Board of Governors and GSA's Public Buildings Service.

Friday - 05/18/2012, 09:41am EDT

Reports indicate federal workers' comp long overdue for update

The federal workers' compensation program has long targeted by agency inspectors general, who have cited the program's lack of oversight and susceptibility to improper payments Some members of Congress also argue the program's benefit structure, which hasn't been meaningfully updated since the mid-1970s, has led to widespread inefficiencies.

Monday - 04/30/2012, 09:51pm EDT
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