Compensation and Working Conditions

To provide, analyze, and publish a diverse set of measures of employee compensation, including cost, wages, and benefits and work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, compile work stoppages statistics, and conduct research to improve the measurement process.



Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the appropriate regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

https://www.bls.gov




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program provides the following information: (A) level and trend data on employee wages and compensation; (B) studies of employee benefits plans; (C) national and state data on occupational injuries, illness and fatalities; and (D) information on work stoppages.

It also makes available funds in the form of cooperative agreements to state agencies or designated local governments for collection of data on occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

The Occupational Safety and Health Statistics program authorizes funds on a matching basis to states or local governments to assist them in developing and administering programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agencies or designated local governments are eligible to apply for cooperative agreement funding to share costs in operating statistical programs dealing with occupational safety and health statistics.

Request for copies of published studies and reports may be made by the general public.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Requests for information may be made to the nearest regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the catalog. Applications for cooperative agreement funding are submitted to the appropriate regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics according to a schedule of key dates.

Award Procedures

Upon submission of an acceptable application and after negotiation of specific program deliverables and costs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics awards cooperative agreement funding to the state or local government.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Laws 62-426, 71-537, 91-596 and 94-206, 29 U.S.C. 1-2; 29 U.S.C. 2b; 29 U.S.C. 4; 5 U.S.C. 5305; 29 U.S.C. 651; 29 U.S.C. 673.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. The typical process would include guidelines and application materials being mailed to state or local government in early summer, with initial drafts required by mid-summer, and final applications due by late summer. Cooperative agreements are executed and become effective October 1.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Each fiscal year the Bureau of Labor Statistics enters into new cooperative agreements with appropriate state or local governments.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Public Law 91-596, Section 24. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. The Federal share for each state's or local government's statistical program may be up to 50 percent of the state's or local government's total cost for the Occupational Safety and Health Statistical program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreement funding generally is for a single fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Cooperative agreements with state or local government specify quarterly financial reports and periodic program reports.

Federal Financial Reports are required and submitted on a quarterly basis.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audit requirements are in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Records

Recordkeeping is in accordance with 2 CFR 200).

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-0200-0-1-505.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $85,682,556; FY 17 est $84,344,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - (Grants) FY 16 $6,676,000; FY 17 est $6,932,000; and FY 18 est Not Available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The size of each cooperative agreement reflects the staff and nonpersonal resources required to operate the program. The range of awards in fiscal year 2016 was from $10,000 (Idaho) to $740,000 (California). The average was $117,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NCS national news releases on Employee Benefits in the U.S., the Employment Costs Index, and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation; Employment Costs Index data; NCS publications on benefits at the national level; monthly releases on Major Work Stoppages and an annual summary; OSHS news releases on occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities; OSHS publications on injuries, illnesses, and fatalities at the national and state level; other information about these programs can be found in 'Major Programs of the Bureau of Labor Statistics,' 'Bureau of Labor Statistics Customer Service Guide,' and 'BLS Handbook of Methods.'

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Kristen Monaco 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20212 Phone: 202-691-7527

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Acceptable application and specific program deliverables and cost.




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