United States Department of Labor
United States Department of Labor
The purpose of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the well being of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees
of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. In carrying out this mission, the Department of Labor administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws and thousands of federal regulations. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Marty Walsh
is the current secretary, having been confirmed by the United States Senate
on March 22, 2021.
The former flag of the U.S. Department of Labor, used from 1914 to 1960.
In 1884, the U.S. Congress
first established a Bureau of Labor Statistics
with the Bureau of Labor Act,
to collect information about labor and employment. This bureau was under the Department of the Interior
. The Bureau started collecting economic data in 1884, and published their first report in 1886.
Later, in 1888, the Bureau of Labor became an independent Department of Labor, but lacked executive rank.
, the first female cabinet member, was appointed to be Secretary of Labor by President Roosevelt on March 4, 1933. Perkins served for 12 years, and became the longest-serving Secretary of Labor.
During the John F. Kennedy Administration
, planning was undertaken to consolidate most of the department's offices, then scattered around more than 20 locations. In the mid‑1960s, construction on the "New Labor Building" began and construction was finished in 1975. In 1980, it was named in honor of Frances Perkins.
He argued that the two departments had similar goals and that they would have more efficient channels of communication in a single department. However, Congress never acted on it.
In 1978, the Department of Labor created the Philip Arnow Award
, intended to recognize outstanding career employees such as the eponymous
In the same year, Carin Clauss
became the department's first female solicitor of the department.
In August 2010, the Partnership for Public Service
ranked the Department of Labor 23rd out of 31 large agencies in its annual "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list.
In March 2013, the department began commemorating its centennial.
In July 2013, Tom Perez
was confirmed as Secretary of Labor. According to remarks by Perez at his swearing-in ceremony, "Boiled down to its essence, the Department of Labor is the department of opportunity."
In April 2017, Alexander Acosta
was confirmed as the new Secretary of Labor. In July 2019, Acosta resigned due to a scandal involving his role in the plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein
He was succeeded on September 30, 2019, by Eugene Scalia
. Scalia served until the beginning of the Biden administration on January 20, 2021. The present Secretary is Marty Walsh.
Freedom of Information Act processing performance
In the latest Center for Effective Government
analysis of 15 federal agencies which receive the most Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
requests, published in 2015 (using 2012 and 2013 data, the most recent years available), the Labor Department earned a D by scoring 63 out of a possible 100 points, i.e., did not earn a satisfactory overall grade.
Agencies, boards, offices, programs, library and corporation of the department
Notes and references
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- ^ "FY 2014 Department of Labor Budget in Brief" (PDF). U.S. Department of Labor. U.S. federal government. 2014.
- ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics
- ^ Bls.gov
- ^ William Bauchop Wilson
- ^ Iga.ucdavis.edu
- ^ Bls.gov
- ^ Lowi, Theodore J. (July 1967). "Why Merge Commerce and Labor?". Challenge. 15 (6): 12–15. doi:10.1080/05775132.1967.11469948. ISSN 0577-5132.
- ^ Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 243. ISBN 0-465-04195-7.
- ^ "PER 00-00-001 - ADM 2.1 - Employee Recognition Program | Occupational Safety and Health Administration". www.osha.gov. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
- ^ HISTORY, WISCONSIN WOMEN MAKING. "Carin Clauss (1939-present)". madison.com. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
- ^ a b Kamen, Al (2010-04-23). "AFGE pushes for flextime at Labor Department". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- ^ "Best Places to Work > Overall Index Scores". Partnership for Public Service. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- ^ About USICH | United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). Usich.gov (1987-07-22). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
- ^ All.gov
- ^ "Raymond Jefferson leaves Labor Department after ethics finding". The Washington Post. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- ^ "McCaskill criticizes Labor Department contracting 'boondoggle' : News". Stltoday.com. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- ^ United States Department of Labor. Dol.gov. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
- ^ "Remarks By Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Swearing-In Ceremony". United States Department of Labor. 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- ^https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/12/labor-secretary-alex-acosta-resigned-amid-jeffrey-epstein-fallout/1681245001/.Missing or empty |title= (help)
- ^ Making the Grade: Access to Information Scorecard 2015 March 2015, 80 pages, Center for Effective Government, retrieved 21 March 2016
Lombardi, John (1942). Labor's Voice in the Cabinet: A History of the Department of Labor from Its Origins to 1921
. New York: Columbia University Press.
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