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Department of Labor News

Report: Labor Dept.'s green jobs program fell short of goals

A $500 million Labor Department program designed to train workers for green jobs has come up far short of its goals, with only 10 percent of participants finding work so far, the agency's assistant inspector general has found.

Monday - 10/03/2011, 05:14pm EDT

Labor teams with IRS to take on employers who misclassify workers

Nancy Leppink, the deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at Labor, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss why misclassification is a problem and why the problem is getting worse.

Friday - 09/23/2011, 11:01am EDT
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Labor Department, industry dispute impact of contracting rule

The Labor Department issued a final rule in the Federal Register Monday implementing a 2009 Executive Order requiring the employees of losing incumbent vendors to be offered the right-of-first-refusal for vacancies with the winning contractor. Industry associations have expressed dismay over the rules, which is broader than a similar one enacted in the 1990s.

Friday - 09/02/2011, 05:33am EDT

Tuesday morning federal headlines - August 30

On today's Federal Drive: The deadline to transition to GSA's Networx telecommunications contract is approaching, an assessment of DHS 10 years after 9/11 and a preview of upcoming legislative battles as Congress prepares to return from recess.

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 08:11am EDT

Labor: No workers' comp for feds if USPS defaults

The Labor Department warns it won't be able to make workers' comp payments to federal employees if the Postal Service fails to make a $1.2 billion payment by October.

Monday - 08/29/2011, 05:47pm EDT

Budget survival tips: Prioritization, revision

Agencies must sharpen their pencils to figure out what they can afford in 2012 and beyond. The Labor Department is asking program offices to rethink and redo budget proposals and plans. The Air Force will need to take more surgical cuts to find savings.

Friday - 08/19/2011, 05:30am EDT
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Labor considers collecting data on what vendors pay

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking about what kinds of data and how much information it should collect on the pay and benefits of federal contractor employees. OFCCP also could use the data to identify contractors who are not abiding by the 1965 Executive Order.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 01:34pm EDT

Labor wants apps for job hunters

The Labor Department is turning to the public for ideas to help people find jobs. Labor is offering up to $35,000 for an app that helps unemployed people find the right career path.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 08:30am EDT

GAO investigates workers' comp abuses

The Government Accountability Office is accepting anonymous reports of workers' compensation abuses by federal employees as part of an investigation into fraud in the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA).

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 01:44pm EDT

Labor explains new workers' compensation rules for feds

Gary Steinberg, acting director of the Labor Department's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, spoke to Federal News Radio about the changes.

Wednesday - 07/06/2011, 12:34pm EDT
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Labor helps contracting officers find wage data online

A new site, called Wage Determination Online, is a permanent resource for researching information on service contracts and labor standards.

Tuesday - 07/05/2011, 02:45pm EDT

Collaborative website combines vets' resources

The National Resource Directory is allowing agencies to share information with members of the military. Koby Langley from DoD tells Federal News Radio how the collaboration works.

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 12:15pm EDT
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Labor changes workers' comp rule for feds

A new rule requires federal agencies to file claims for workers compensation electronically. It also adds a new condition that makes federal employees eligible for compensation.

Tuesday - 06/28/2011, 06:27pm EDT

Elimination of KSA improves Labor's hiring process

The Labor Department's elimination of KSA essays and the increased collaboration with managers are leading to higher-quality candidates in the hiring process.

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 03:04pm EDT
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OMB teeing up financial, HR systems for the cloud

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said there are more than 1,000 of these back-office systems and moving them to private cloud providers could save billions. Several agencies, including Labor and EEOC, already have moved their financial systems to a private cloud. Kundra envisions an interagency effort similar to the one for email where agencies commit to using a governmentwide contract for these services.

Friday - 06/10/2011, 08:01am EDT
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Commerce, Labor could merge to form new agency

Sen. Richard Burr (R.-N.C.) introduced legislation forming the Commerce and Workforce Department using recommendations of GAO and the deficit commission. Thirty-five offices would be consolidated into 12 and funding of seven programs or initiatives would be reduced or eliminated.

Friday - 05/27/2011, 12:27pm EDT
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Stricter regulations coming to fed contractors?

The Labor Department wants stricter regulations for federal contractors.

Monday - 05/16/2011, 06:05pm EDT
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Pay Agent rejects new locality pay areas

The President's pay agent said federal employees should not receive locality pay adjustments in 2012, despite recommendations by the Federal Salary Council for an increase.

Monday - 05/16/2011, 02:21pm EDT

Labor toolkit helps in disability hiring

The five-step online toolkit has tips for everything from creating a welcoming environment to do's and don'ts for interviews.

Monday - 03/14/2011, 03:17pm EDT
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OSC head nominee promises whistleblower support

Carolyn Lerner plans to improve the Office of Special Counsel if confirmed following the agencies two-year span without a Senate confirmed leader.

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 04:29pm EST
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