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Department of Labor

200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210


Deputy SecretaryPatrick Pizzella
Administrative ReviewThomas H. Burrell, Acting
Benefits ReviewJudith S. Boggs
Employees' Compensation AppealsAlec J. Koromilas

Chief Administrative Law JudgeStephen R. Henley

Chief Information OfficerGundeep Ahluwalia

Centers for Faith and Opportunity InitiativeMark Zelden
Executive SecretariatCaroline H. Robinson
Office of Public LiaisonDean A. Heyl

Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation ProgramMalcolm Nelson
Wage and Hour DivisionCheryl M. Stanton

Administration and ManagementG. Bryan Slater
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs(vacancy)
Disability Employment Policy(vacancy)
Employee Benefits SecurityJeanne K. Wilson, Acting
Employment and TrainingJohn P. Pallasch
Mine Safety and HealthDavid G. Zatezalo
Occupational Safety and Health(vacancy)
Public AffairsRobert Bozzuto
Veterans' Employment and TrainingJohn Lowry III

Chief Financial OfficerJames E. Williams

Labor StatisticsWilliam W. Beach

International Affairs(vacancy)

Women's BureauLaurie Todd-Smith

Federal Contract Compliance ProgramsCraig E. Leen
Labor-Management Standards(vacancy)
Workers' Compensation ProgramsJulia K. Hearthway

Solicitor of LaborKate S. O'Scannlain
Inspector GeneralLarry D. Turner, Acting

The Department of Labor promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees by improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment, protecting retirement and health care benefits, matching workers to employers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in economic indicators on a national scale.


On March 4, 1913, President William H. Taft approved Public Law 62–426, which "created an executive department in the Government to be called the Department of Labor, with a Secretary of Labor, who shall be the head thereof, to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate." The Act also stated the purpose of the new Department of Labor (DOL): "to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wager earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment" (37 Stat. 736).


The U.S. Congress first established a Bureau of Labor in the Department of the Interior. President Chester A. Arthur approved the legislative action on June 27, 1884. The Act placed the new Bureau "under the charge of a Commissioner of Labor . . . [who] shall collect information upon the subject of labor, its relation to capital, the hours of labor, and the earnings of laboring men and women, and the means of promoting their material, social, intellectual, and moral prosperity" (23 Stat. 60 and 61).


Four years later, the U.S. Congress acted again, establishing the Bureau of Labor as an independent department without executive rank. On June 13, 1888, President Grover Cleveland approved the law to make room "at the seat of Government [for] a Department of Labor, the general design and duties of which shall be to acquire and diffuse among the people of the United States useful information on subjects connected with labor, in the most general and comprehensive sense of that word, and especially upon its relation to capital, the hours of labor, the earnings of laboring men and women, and the means of promoting their material, social, intellectual, and moral prosperity."


Fifteen years later, it returned to the status of a bureau within an expanded department that now acquired executive rank. On February 14, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt approved Public Law 57–87, which established "an executive department to be known as the Department of Commerce and Labor" (32 Stat. 825).


The DOL posts its organizational chart online.


The DOL relies on a number of offices and agencies to carry out its mission. These components are organized into major program areas, and an Assistant Secretary or other official heads each of them.



Statutory material on matters of "Labor" is codified in 29 U.S.C.


Rules and regulations associated with the Office of the Secretary of Labor are codified in subtitle A, parts 0–99, of 29 CFR.


Rules and regulations that relate to "Labor" are codified in subtitle B, 100–4999, of 29 CFR.



The DOL administers a variety of Federal labor laws to guarantee workers' rights to fair, safe, and healthy working conditions, including minimum hourly wage and overtime pay, protection against employment discrimination, and unemployment insurance. The Secretary advises the President on the development and execution of policies and the administration and enforcement of laws relating to wage earners, their working conditions, and their employment opportunities.

Administrative Law

Administrative law judges from the Office of Administrative Law Judges preside over formal adversarial hearings involving labor-related matters: the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, the Defense Base, the Black Lung Benefits, the McNamara O'Hara Service Contract, and the Davis Bacon Act; environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection laws; permanent and temporary immigration; child labor law violations; employment discrimination; training; seasonal and migrant workers; and Federal construction and service contracts. The Office is comprised of headquarters in Washington, D.C. and seven district offices. Its judges are nonpolitical appointees: They are appointed under and guaranteed decisional independence by the Administrative Procedure Act. The Administrative Review Board or Benefits Review Board typically reviews appeals of the decisions made by the Office's judges. Depending upon the statute at issue, appeals then go to Federal district or appellate courts and, ultimately, may go to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Administration and Management

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management is responsible for the development and promulgation of policies, standards, procedures, systems, and materials related to the resource and administrative management of the Department and for the execution of such policies and directives at Headquarters and in the field.


Audits / Investigations

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts audits to review the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of all DOL programs and operations, including those performed by its contractors and grantees. The Inspector General works to answer the following types of questions: Do Department programs and operations comply with the applicable laws and regulations; are departmental resources being utilized efficiently and economically; and are DOL programs achieving their intended results? The Office also conducts administrative, civil, and criminal investigations relating to violations of Federal laws, regulations, or rules—including violations committed by DOL contractors and grantees—as well as investigations of allegations of misconduct on the part of DOL employees. In addition, the OIG has an "external" program function to conduct criminal investigations to combat the influence of labor racketeering and organized crime in the nation's labor unions. The OIG conducts labor racketeering investigations in three areas: employee benefit plans, labor-management relations, and internal union affairs. The OIG also works with other law enforcement partners on human trafficking matters.


Communications / Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) directs and coordinates all public and employee communications activities. The Assistant Secretary of the Office acts as the chief adviser to the Secretary of Labor and his or her Deputy Secretary and to the agency heads and departmental staff for developing and implementing strategies that engage and connect with the public and educate it about the work and mission of the Department.

The Assistant Secretary also acts as the Secretary’s chief adviser on crisis communications. The OPA serves as the first point of contact for news media inquiries, as the clearance and dissemination point for DOL public-facing materials, and it develops and maintains the Department's Web-based, audiovisual, and contact center communications. The OPA also administers "lock ups" when sensitive economic data are released to the press under an embargo.


Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. ODEP helps employers foster inclusive workplaces where all employees can contribute and succeed, and works to improve government workforce systems so people with disabilities can secure good jobs and excel in the workplace.


Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation

The Office of the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program was established in 2004 under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 7385s-15). The EEOICPA is a system of Federal payments to compensate certain nuclear workers for occupational illnesses caused by exposure to toxic substances. This small and independent Office is headed by the Ombudsman, whom the Secretary of Labor appoints. It provides information to claimants on the benefits available under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA and issues annual reports to Congress detailing the complaints, grievances, and requests for assistance that the Office receives.


Federal Contract Compliance

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs administers and enforces three equal employment opportunity laws: Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. As amended, these laws prohibit Federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Executive Order 11246 prohibits Federal contractors and subcontractors, with limited exceptions, from taking adverse employment actions against applicants and employees for asking about, discussing, or sharing information on their pay or the pay of their coworkers. These laws also require Federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunity.

http://www.dol.gov/ofccp | Email: OFCCP-Public@dol.gov

Labor-Management Standards

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). The LMRDA primarily promotes union democracy and financial integrity in private sector labor unions through standards for union officer elections and union trusteeships and safeguards for union assets. Additionally, the LMRDA promotes labor union and labor-management transparency through reporting and disclosure requirements for labor unions and their officials, employers, labor relations consultants, and surety companies.

OLMS also administers provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and the Foreign Service Act of 1980, which extend comparable protections to Federal labor unions. OLMS does not have jurisdiction over unions representing solely state, county, or municipal employees. In addition, the Division of Statutory Programs (DSP) administers DOL responsibilities under the Federal Transit Act by ensuring that fair and equitable arrangements protecting mass transit employees are in place before the release of Federal transit grant funds.


Legal Services

The Office of the Solicitor of Labor (SOL) provides comprehensive legal services to help the Department achieve its mission. More specifically, the Solicitor serves dual roles in the Department. The Solicitor is the Department's chief enforcement officer, pursuing affirmative litigation on behalf of the Secretary before administrative law judges, review boards and commissions, and in the Federal district courts and courts of appeals. The Solicitor is also the Department's general counsel, assisting in the development of regulations, standards, and legislative proposals; providing legal opinions and advice on all of the Department’s activities; advising the Solicitor General on Supreme Court litigation; and coordinating with the Department of Justice, as appropriate, to defend the Department in litigation.


Policy / Rulemaking

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy advises and assists the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Department on policy development, policy evaluation, regulation, and legislation that improve the lives of workers, retirees, and their families. The Office also serves as the DOL’s regulatory policy officer and regulatory reform officer to ensure that the Department complies with the regulatory and guidance development requirements of Executive Order 12866, as amended, Executive Order 13777, and any other related Office of Management and Budget circular or bulletin. The Office leads special initiatives and manages department-wide and interdepartmental activities. In its capacity as the DOL's policy innovation arm, it invests in research and analysis of current and emerging labor issues.


Workers' Compensation

The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) protects workers who are injured or become ill on the job by making decisions on claims, paying benefits, and helping workers return to their jobs. OWCP administers eight major disability compensation statutes: the Federal Employees' Compensation Act; the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act; the Defense Base Act (DBA); the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act; the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act; the War Hazards Compensation Act; the Black Lung Benefits Act; and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act. OWCP serves specific employee groups that are covered under the relevant statutes and regulations by mitigating the financial burden resulting from workplace injury or illness and promoting return to work when appropriate. Dependents or survivors may also be eligible for benefits.



Administrative Review

The Administrative Review Board (ARB) consists of five members appointed by the Secretary. It issues final agency decisions for appeals cases under a wide range of worker protection laws, including the Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Davis Bacon Act (DBA). The appeals cases primarily address environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection; H-1B immigration provisions; child labor law violations; employment discrimination; job training; seasonal and migrant workers. The Board's cases generally arise upon appeal from decisions of Department of Labor Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) or the Administrator of the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Depending upon the statute at issue, the parties may appeal the Board's decisions to Federal district or appellate courts and, ultimately, to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Benefits Review

The Benefits Review Board (BRB) consists of five members appointed by the Secretary. In 1972, Congress created the Board to review and issue decisions on appeals of workers' compensation cases arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and its extensions, and the Black Lung Benefits amendments to the Federal Coal Mine Safety Act of 1969. Board decisions may be appealed to the U.S. Courts of Appeals and to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Employees' Compensation Appeals

The Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB) is a five-member quasi-judicial body appointed by the Secretary and delegated exclusive jurisdiction by Congress to hear and make final decisions on appeals filed by Federal workers arising under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). The Board was created by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1946 (60 Stat. 1095). The Board's decisions are not reviewable and are binding upon the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).


Sources of Information

A–Z Index

The DOL website features an alphabetical index to help visitors search for information or browse topics of interest.


Agencies / Programs

The DOL carries out its mission through a number of offices and agencies, which are organized into major program areas. An Assistant Secretary, Director, or other official oversees each of these offices and agencies.


Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that DOL records have been assigned to record group 174.


Business Opportunities

The Office of Acquisition Services is the primary procurement office for the DOL national office. It carries out most contracting, grants, and related activities. The Office procures a variety of goods and services on a recurring basis: auditors, expert witnesses, moving services, printing and graphics, support services, technical studies, and video productions. It also acts as the central procurement center for the Department’s information technology needs. Phone, 202-693-4570.


The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization administers the DOL's small business program in accordance with the Small Business Act. It seeks to ensure a fair share of procurement opportunities for small businesses, as well as for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certified, service-disabled veteran-owned, small disadvantaged, and woman-owned small businesses. Phone, 202-603-7299 or 866-487-2365.


Career Opportunities

Each year, the DOL hires hundreds of professionals to help carry out its mission. These new employees enrich the Department by bringing with them a vast range of knowledge and skills. A sample of their areas of expertise include accounting and auditing, computer programming, criminal investigation, engineering, health inspection, industrial hygiene, personnel management, and statistics.


In 2019, the DOL ranked 17th among 25 midsize Government agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

Email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses are available on the "Contact Us" web page.


Contact information for representatives of the media is available on the DOL website. They should direct their inquiries to the Office of Public Affairs. Phone, 202-693-4676 (main line). Phone, 202-577-5744 (after-hours).


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the DOL recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


Find It!

The "Find It" web page allows online visitors to look for information by audience or by topic. Available on the same page are the following internal links: A–Z index, DOL agencies, DOL forms, DOL services by location, and top 20 requested items.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA provides that a person may request access to Federal agency records or information. The DOL must disclose records that any person properly requests in writing. Pursuant to one or more of nine exemptions and three exclusions that the Act contains, a Federal agency can withhold certain records or parts of them. The FOIA applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by the U.S. Congress, the courts, State or local government agencies, and private entities.

https://www.dol.gov/general/foia | Email: foiarequests@dol.gov

The DOL maintains a departmentwide electronic library. Before submitting a FOIA request, a requester should browse or search the holdings of the online library to ensure that the desired information is not already accessible, immediately and free of charge.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The DOL posts answers to FAQs on its website.



The OIG maintains a glossary of terms related to its activities and mission.



A Defeated and departing incumbent, President William Howard Taft reluctantly approved Public Law 62–426 to establish the Department of Labor on March 4, 1913. To learn more of the story, read Judson MacLaury's online article "A Brief History: The U.S. Department of Labor."


The "Online History Sources" web page has links to historical resources that are available on the DOL website and those of its subagencies.


Minimum Wage

The DOL website has a list of DOL web pages that deal with the topic of minimum wage. The Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the Federal minimum wage law.



The DOL posts press releases on its website.


Open Government

The DOL has an Open Government plan to support making Government more accountable, responsive, and transparent .


Plain Language

The DOL is committed to producing documents whose content complies with Federal plain language guidelines. It trains its employees and has adopted an oversight process to ensure the use of plain language in any document that is necessary for obtaining Federal Government benefits or services or filing taxes, provides information on Federal Government benefits or services, or explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the Federal Government administers or enforces.


Popular Topics

The DOL website features a "Topics" page with links for convenient access to popular material.


Public Disclosure

The Office of Labor-Management Standards maintains an online disclosure room where online visitors can search for union annual financial reports starting with the year 2000; view and print reports filed by unions, union officers and employees, employers, and labor relations consultants starting with the year 2000; and order copies of reports for the years prior to 2000. Certain collective bargaining agreements are also available. OLMS has public disclosure room: 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–1519, Washington, DC 20210, which offers the same materials.

http://www.unionreports.gov | Email: OLMS-Public@dol.gov

Social Media

The DOL has a Facebook account.


The DOL tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


The DOL posts videos on its YouTube channel.



The DOL supports the Hispanic workforce. An online list highlights some of the Department's Spanish resources. This list is intended for English-speakers who are looking for information in Spanish to share with the Hispanic community.


Unemployment Insurance Relief

The DOL has created a web page that is dedicated to providing information on unemployment insurance relief during the COVID–19 pandemic.


Wirtz Labor Library

The library maintains an online card catalog of holdings added to the library after January of 1975. The online catalog also includes collections of historical significance: for example, the Folio and James Taylor Collections. The library is open to the public from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on weekdays, excluding Federal holidays. If the purpose of a visit is to access research material, contact the library in advance: Wirtz Labor Library, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Frances Perkins Building, Room N–2445, Washington, DC 20210. Phone, 202-693-6600.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/oasam/centers-offices/business-operations-center/library | Email: library@dol.gov

The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210


Associate Deputy UndersecretaryMark A. Mittelhauser
Chief of StaffGrant Lebens

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs promotes a fair competitive environment for workers in the United States and other countries worldwide.

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) promotes a fair global playing field for workers and businesses in the United States by enforcing trade commitments; strengthening labor standards; and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. ILAB combines trade and labor monitoring and enforcement, policy engagement, technical assistance, and research to carry out the Department of Labor's international responsibilities.


Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that ILAB records have been assigned to record group 174.5.


Career Opportunities

ILAB relies on professionals with backgrounds in development economics and comparative labor law, as well as with firsthand experience designing and implementing international technical assistance programs.


In 2019, ILAB ranked 356th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.



The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement maintains a web-based hotline that allows for the receipt of confidential information from affected and concerned parties, regarding labor issues involving countries of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.



ILAB-related news is posted on the Department of Labor's website.



ILAB grants help prevent and stop abusive labor practices like the use of child labor and forced labor and human trafficking. ILAB-funded projects also promote compliance by trade partners' with the labor requirements of U.S. trade agreements and preference programs.


Reports / Publications

ILAB conducts and funds research, whose results it relies on to inform the design and implementation of policy and programs.


Workers' Rights

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has identified "fundamental principles and rights at work." All ILO members are obligated to respect these principles and rights and promote them.


The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20212

800-877-8339 (TDD)

Deputy CommissionerWilliam J. Wiatrowski

The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the Nation's economy to support decision making in both the public and private sectors.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was established, in the Department of the Interior, as the Bureau of Labor by the act of June 27, 1884 (23 Stat. 60). It was renamed the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the act of March 4, 1913 (37 Stat. 737). The BLS measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. It also collects, analyzes, and disseminates essential economic information to support public and private decisionmaking.

The Bureau strives to have its data satisfy a number of criteria, including: relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today's rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.

Basic data are published in news releases on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. Basic data also are published in bulletins, reports, special publications, and periodicals. Regional offices issue additional reports and releases that often contain content of local or regional relevance.


Sources of Information

A–Z Index

The BLS website has an A–Z index to help visitors navigate its content.



The BLS posts announcements on its website.


Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that BLS records have been assigned to record group 257.



The official BLS blog is called "Commissioner's Corner."



The "Databases, Tables, and Calculators by Subject" web page has an inflation calculator that allows users to calculate change in the buying power of the dollar over the years. An injury and illness calculator allows users to calculate injury and illness incidence rates for a specific establishment or firm and to compare those rates with the averages for the Nation, for States, and for the sector of industry to which the establishment or firm belongs.


Career Opportunities

To carry out its mission, the BLS relies on professionals who have diverse educational backgrounds, skills, and training. The agency relies heavily on the work of economists, information technology specialists, and mathematical statisticians.


In 2019, the BLS ranked 93d among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

The "Information and Help" web page has an electronic form for requesting information and asking questions. Postal correspondence should be addressed to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20212–0001. Phone, 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service, 800-877-8339.


Contact information for the eight BLS regional offices is available online: Atlanta, 404-331-3415; Boston, 617-565-2327; Chicago, 312-353-1880; Dallas, 972-850-4800; Kansas City, 816-285-7000; New York, 646-264-3600; Philadelphia, 215-597-3282; and San Francisco, 415-625-2270.


Data Sources

Much of the information (e.g., databases and historical news release tables) that the BLS publishes is available from the "Databases, Tables, and Calculators by Subject" web page.

https://www.bls.gov/data | Email: blsdata_staff@bls.gov

Some BLS data are available only through the home pages of individual programs—rather than from the "Databases, Tables, and Calculators by Subject" web page. These programs are listed on the "Subject Areas" page. For example, tables of employment projections data are available through the "Employment Projections" page; American time use survey data are available through the "American Time Use Survey" page; and national longitudinal surveys data are available through the "National Longitudinal Surveys" page.


Certain BLS program data are available in compressed ZIP files. Some of these files are accessible on download.bls.gov. Other ZIP files may be located by starting at the home page of a specific program.


Economic Summaries

The BLS regional information offices produce economic summaries that are organized by State and posted in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading. Each summary presents a sampling of economic information on benefits, employment, prices, spending, wages, and unemployment for a particular area (e.g., Boston or Sacramento).


Economy at a Glance

The "Economy at a Glance" web page has at-a-glance economic tables for many metropolitan areas nationwide.


Monthly and quarterly economic data for the Nation are also posted in an at-a-glance format.


Educational Resources

The "K–12" web pages include games and quizzes, sections for students and their teachers, a history timeline, and biographies of former Commissioners.


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the BLS recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


Finding Data

The "BLS Data Finder 1.1" web page has a search tool that uses the conjunction "and" as the default search operator. This feature produces display results that contain all of the search terms. To find data that contains a particular combination of terms, the user must separate the terms by inserting the conjunction "or" between them.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The BLS posts answers to FAQs.



The BLS has a glossary on its website.



The Bureau has been collecting data and crunching numbers for over 135 years. Over its long history, the BLS started out as the Bureau of Labor and part of the Department of the Interior; became an independent department for nearly 15 years; was incorporated into the former Department of Commerce and Labor; and was transferred to the newly created Department of Labor in 1913. To learn more of the story, visit the "BLS History" section.



The BLS posts economic news releases, some of which are released on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.



The BLS publishes bulletins and reports and economic news releases. Its major publications include "Beyond the Numbers," "Career Outlook," "Monthly Labor Review," "Occupational Outlook Handbook," "The Economics Daily", and "Spotlight on Statistics."


Regional Information

Economic data and statistics according to geographic areas are available on the "Regional Information Offices" page.


Research Papers

The Office of Survey Methods Research maintains an online research paper database.



BLS economists, information technology specialists, and mathematical statisticians place a premium on accuracy, currency, innovation, objectivity, relevancy, and transparency. They strive to invest BLS datasets and informational products with these qualities, which help make them useful to a variety of audiences: business leaders, consumers, developers, economists, educators, investors, job seekers, members of the media, policymakers, researchers, and students.

https://www.bls.gov/audience | Email: blsdata_staff@bls.gov

Select Datasets and Indices

The "Top Picks" web page allows easy access to the most requested price indices, as well as to the most requested employment, compensation, and productivity data tables.


A "Help and Tutorials" page is dedicated to the "Top Picks" application.


Site Map

The BLS website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.


Social Media

The BLS tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


The BLS posts videos on its YouTube channel.


Statistical Websites

The "Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web" allows easy access to a collection of Internet sites that are not administered by the BLS.


The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.

Employee Benefits Security Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Principal Deputy Assistant SecretaryJeanne K. Wilson

National Office Operations / Chief Operating OfficerTimothy D. Hauser
Regional Office OperationsAmy J. Turner

The Employee Benefits Security Administration assures the security of the retirement, health, and other workplace related benefits of American workers and their families.

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) educates and assists the over 154 million participants in and beneficiaries of approximately 710,000 private retirement plans, 2.4 million health plans, and similar numbers of other welfare benefit plans. The EBSA balances proactive enforcement with compliance assistance and supports enrollees and beneficiaries by developing effective regulations; assisting and educating fiduciaries, plan sponsors, service providers, and workers; and enforcing the law.


Sources of Information


EBSA's workers and families assistance web page provides accessible information on programs and services, answers to frequently asked questions, and assistance where a health or retirement benefit has been denied inappropriately.


Career Opportunities

In 2019, the EBSA ranked 229th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

The "Regional Offices" web page has contact information for EBSA regional and district offices.


Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)

ERISA is a Federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established retirement and health plans in private industry. This statute provides protection for individuals who are enrolled in these plans. The Department of Labor has a web page that it has dedicated to the ERISA.


On September 2, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford approved Public Law 93–406, which is also cited as the "Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974." Senators and Representatives of the U.S. Congress wrote this 207-page piece of legislation "to provide for pension reform" (88 Stat. 829).


En Español

The EBSA posts information in Spanish on its website.


ERISA Advisory Council

The membership of the council is posted on the "ERISA Advisory Council" web page. The council posts issue statements on the same page.


ERISA Advisory Council reports are posted online.


The EBSA posts factsheets.


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the EBSA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.



The EBSA posts forms and filing instructions online.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The EBSA posts answers to frequently asked questions.



The EBSA administers and enforces the fiduciary, reporting, and disclosure provisions of the first title of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The histories of the ERISA and EBSA are tightly intertwined.


Information for Researchers

EBSA researchers expand the knowledge of employee benefits and their role in meeting the Nation's economic security needs.


Key Topics

The EBSA website features a page with links to key topics: health and other employee benefits, reporting and filing, and retirement.



The EBSA posts news items on the Department of Labor's website.



The EBSA distributes booklets, factsheets, and pamphlets on employer responsibilities and employee rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. A list of publications is available online or from the Office of Outreach, Education, and Assistance. Phone, 866-444-3272.


The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.

Employment and Training Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20520



Deputy Assistant SecretariesMatthew Hunter
Nancy Rooney
Amy Simon

The Employment and Training Administration helps the U.S. labor market function more efficiently by providing job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services.


In addition to training, employment, information, and services, which are provided primarily through State and local workforce development systems, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) also administers programs to enhance employment opportunities and promote business prosperity.



The Office of Apprenticeship oversees the National Apprenticeship System, sets standards for apprenticeship, and assists States, industry, and labor in developing apprenticeship programs that meet required standards, while promoting equal opportunity and safeguarding the welfare of apprentices.


Contracts Management

The Office of Contracts Management advises the Assistant Secretary of the ETA, in a manner that is consistent with Federal statutes and regulations, on mission-critical procurement matters. The Office applies procurement services to ETA organizational components to address business challenges with best practices and cost-effective solutions.


Financial Administration

The Office of Financial Administration (OFA) manages all ETA fiscal resources for programs and activities for which funds are appropriated through the Office's functions of accounting, budget, and financial system oversight. The Office provides budgetary, accounting, audit, and internal control management. It coordinates with the departmental budget center and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to provide financial management that supports carrying out the ETA's mission.


Foreign Labor Certification

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) carries out the delegated responsibility of the Secretary of Labor under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, concerning the admission of foreign workers into the United States for employment. In carrying out this responsibility, the Office administers temporary nonimmigrant and permanent labor certification programs through the ETA's national processing centers that are located in Chicago and Atlanta.

The OFLC also administers nationally the issuance of employer-requested prevailing wage determinations through the ETA's National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center, which is located in Washington, DC. Prevailing wage determinations are issued for use in all nonagricultural temporary labor certification programs and the permanent labor certification program.


Grants Management

The Office of Grants Management provides grants management expertise to ETA offices and stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a grant. The Office delivers centralized grants administration and policy expertise to support pre-award, award, period of performance, audit resolution, and closeout of ETA Federal assistance awards.


Job Training

Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the Nation and has been operating for more than half of a century. The program helps eligible young people who are 16–24 years old complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment.


Policy Development and Research

The Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDR) supports ETA policies and investments to improve the public workforce system by analyzing, formulating, and recommending legislative changes and options for policy initiatives. The Office coordinates the ETA's legislative and regulatory activities and their interactions with international organizations and foreign countries. The OPDR maintains the ETA's portion of the Department of Labor's regulatory agenda and disseminates advisories and publications. The Office provides the ETA with strategic approaches to improve performance and outcomes through research, demonstrations, and evaluation of its major programs. The Office manages the Workforce Investment Act performance accountability reporting system; oversees the maintenance of wage record exchange systems for State and other grantees; coordinates the development of the ETA's operating plan; and disseminates workforce program performance results. The OPDR also provides policy guidance on and technical assistance for the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.


Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) administers a workers assistance program for those who have lost or may lose their jobs because of foreign trade. The TAA program provides reemployment services and allowances for eligible individuals.


Unemployment Compensation

The Office of Unemployment Insurance provides national leadership, oversight, policy guidance, and technical assistance to the Federal-State unemployment compensation system. The Office also interprets Federal legislative requirements.


Workforce Investment

The Office of Workforce Investment implements an integrated national workforce investment system that supports economic growth and provides workers with information, advice, job search assistance, supportive services, and training for employment. The Office also helps employers hire skilled workers.


Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that ETA records have been assigned to record group 369.



The ETA uses its advisory system to disseminate its interpretations of Federal laws; procedural, administrative, management, and program direction; and other information to the States, direct grant recipients, and other interested parties.


Career Opportunities

In 2019, the ETA ranked 369th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

ETA contact information is available on its website.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/contact | Email: eta.webportal@dol.gov

Contact information for the ETA's six regional offices is available online.



The Division of Research and Evaluation posts datasets for public use on the ETA's website.


The Office of Unemployment Insurance posts unemployment insurance data as part of the ETA's contribution to the Department of Labor's collection and publication of data.


The Office of Foreign Labor Certification posts employment-based immigration data on the ETA's website. Three main categories are used to organize the data: selected statistics that provide cumulative quarterly data by major immigration program; cumulative quarterly and fiscal year releases of program disclosure data; and historical fiscal year annual program and performance report information.


The Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance posts charts, statistics, and other information on the ETA's website. Three main categories are used to organize the data: petitions and determinations, participants, and financial.


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the ETA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


Job Corps

An online directory has contact information for the Office of Job Corps, including the national Job Corps hotline and phone numbers and email addresses for Office of the Administrator staff. It also allows convenient access to information for contacting Job Corps regional offices.


Job Seekers

The ETA posts resources for job seekers on its website.



A large repository of information is available online from the "ETA Library" web page.


National Agricultural Workers Survey

This employment-based and random-sample survey of U.S. crop workers brings together demographic, employment, and health data that are collected during face-to-face interviews.



The ETA posts news releases on the Department of Labor's website.


Rapid Response Services

Rapid Response is designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. Rapid Response teams work with employers and employee representatives to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss.


Reducing Recidivism

The Reentry and Employment Opportunities—Adult Program strengthens urban communities through an employment-centered program of mentoring, job training, and other comprehensive transitional services. Helping former inmates find employment when they return to their communities reduces recidivism.



The research publication database provides access to a collection of research and evaluation reports. The ETA commissioned the research and evaluation reports to help guide the workforce investment system in administering effective programs that enhance employment opportunity and business.



The ETA website has a section dedicated to veterans. It offers resources for veteran who are job seekers and for providers of employment and training programs.


Youth Services

A section of the ETA's website is dedicated to youth programs and services.


The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.

Mine Safety and Health Administration

201 12th Street South, Suite 400, Arlington, Virginia 22202



OperationsPatricia W. Silvey
PolicyWayne D. Palmer

The Mine Safety and Health Administration works to prevent mine-related deaths, illnesses, and injuries and promotes safe and healthy work environments.


On November 9, 1977, President James E. Carter approved Public Law 95–164, which is also cited as the Federal Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977. This statute amended the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 (PL 91–173), including its short title, which was changed to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (91 Stat. 1290).


The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 created the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in 1978 by transferring the Federal mine safety program and its functions from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Labor.


The MSHA is organized into program areas.


The MSHA posts its organizational chart online in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.



"Chapter 22—Mine Safety and Health" has been assigned to 30 U.S.C.


Rules and regulations that are associated with the MSHA are assigned to the first chapter of 30 CFR. The chapter includes parts 1–199.



The MSHA helps protect the Nation's miners by promoting healthy and safe work environments for them. It works toward the elimination of fatal mining accidents, the reduction of the frequency and severity of accidents, and the minimization of health hazards through enforcement of mandatory safety and health standards in the mining industry. It also provides technical, educational, and other assistance, including the testing and approval of equipment for use in the industry, to mine operators. The MSHA cooperates with industry, labor, and other Federal and State agencies to improve safety and health conditions for miners.


Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that MSHA records have been assigned to record group 433. That record group does not have a description that is associated with it.


Career Opportunities

Information on employment opportunities is available online.


In 2019, the MSHA ranked 260th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

The "Contact MSHA" web page has emergency and general contact information.

https://www.msha.gov/about/contact-msha | Email: AskMSHA@dol.gov

Data Sources / Calculators

The "Data Sources and Calculators" web page allows convenient access to a range of mine safety and health data (e.g., information on accidents, air sampling, employment, injuries, illnesses, inspections, production totals, and violations). Compliance calculator tools can be used to illuminate the history of key health and safety violations of a mine.


Educational Resources

The MSHA posts training and educational resources on its website.


The National Mine Health and Safety Academy conducts education and training programs in health and safety and related subjects for Federal mine inspectors and other government mining and industry personnel.


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the MSHA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The MSHA posts answers to FAQs on rulemaking.


Historical Statutes / Legislative History

The "Laws" web page has key historical statutes and their legislative history.



The MSHA digital library's holdings include accident reports, images, photographs, and research material.


Media Gallery

Online visitors may browse or search historical photographs and videos, including mine training and health training videos.


Mine Disasters

Five or more fatalities define a mining disaster. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health posts data tables that summarize all U.S. mining disasters from 1839 to the present. Starting with the year 1900, graphs are also available.


News / Media

The MSHA posts alerts and hazards, announcements, congressional testimonies, events, news releases, photographs and videos, and speeches on its website.



Current and historical preliminary accident reports, fatalgrams, and fatal investigation reports for metal, nonmetal, and coal mines are accessible on the MSHA website. Quarterly and annual summaries of mining fatalities along with associated best practices and preventative recommendations are also accessible.


Part 50 of Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (30 CFR 50) requires mine operators to notify the MSHA when accidents occur and to investigate those accidents, while restricting disturbance of accident-related areas. Part 50 also requires mine operators to file reports on accidents, occupational injuries, and occupational illnesses, as well as employment and coal production data.


Resources / Tools

The MSHA posts mine emergency operations information, miners' resources, and technical resources on its "Resources and Tools" web page.



In the top right corner of the MSHA's home page are an Español option and an Inglés option. Using these options, visitors to the website can toggle between content in either language.


State Mining Agencies

A list of links to the websites of State mining agencies is available on the MSHA website.



The "Statistics" web page allows easy access to numbers on mine employment and coal production; the most frequently cited standards (i.e., regulatory violations) by year, mine type, and industry group; and graphs, maps, and tables that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has created to summarize a range of information on employees, fatalities, injuries, and mines.


Targeted Inspections

The MSHA conducts targeted inspections each month at mines that merit increased attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. Each month's inspection results are posted online.


The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19): For employee and employer Coronavirus pandemic information, which includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposure to and infection with the virus, go to https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Principal Deputy Assistant SecretaryLoren Sweatt

Chief of StaffKrisann Pearce
Deputy Assistant SecretaryAmanda Edens


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.).


OSHA posts an organizational chart online in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.



OSHA assures safe and healthful working conditions for men and women by promulgating common sense, protective health, and safety standards; enforcing workplace safety and health rules; providing training, outreach, education, and assistance to workers and employers in their efforts to control workplace hazards; prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities; and partnering with States that run their own OSHA-approved programs.


Sources of Information

A–Z Index

An alphabetized topical index is available on the OSHA website to help visitors find information.


Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that OSHA records have been assigned to record group 100.


Career Opportunities

In 2019, OSHA ranked 196th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

OSHA posts contact information on its "Contact Us" web page.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)

The OSHA has posted a "COVID–19" web page containing employee and employer Coronavirus pandemic information that includes links to interim guidance and other resources for reducing exposure and preventing infection.


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that OSHA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


File a Complaint

Information on how to file a safety and health complaint and an electronic complaint form are available on the OSHA website. Phone, 800-321-6742.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The OSHA is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. An agency may withhold information pursuant to one or more of nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The act applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, State or local government agencies, and private entities.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OSHA posts answers to FAQs online.


Injury and Illness Data

The OSHA website has a searchable, establishment-specific database for establishments that provided OSHA with valid data from 1996 through 2011.


Workplace injury, illness, and fatality statistics are available on the OSHA website.


Make a Report

Employers must notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related amputation, hospitalization, or loss of an eye. A fatality must be reported within 8 hours; an amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours. An employer should be prepared to supply the name of the business, the names of employees who were affected, the location and time of the incident, a brief description of the incident, and a contact person and phone number.



A "Heat Fatalities Map" shows the locations of outdoor worker heat-related deaths between 2008 and 2014.


A nationwide map of enforcement cases with initial penalties above $40,000 is available online.



The OSHA newsroom has a collection of quick links for relevant news sources.


The "What's New" web page features news items that are organized chronologically.



OSHA's online newsletter has the latest news on compliance assistance, enforcement actions, outreach activities, rulemaking, and training and educational resources.



A complete listing of OSHA regional and area offices is available online.



Facts on obtaining an OSHA card are available online.



OSHA publications are accessible online.


Social Media

OSHA tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.



In the top right corner of the OSHA's home page are an Español option and an Inglés option. Using these options, visitors to the website can toggle between content in Spanish or English.


Training / Education

Stand-alone, interactive, web-based training tools—eTools and the eMatrix—are available on the OSHA website. These tools are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus.


Prevention video training tools (v-tools) on construction hazards are available on the OSHA website. These videos show how workers can be injured suddenly or even killed on the job. The videos assist those who are in the construction industry with identifying, reducing, and eliminating hazards. The videos are presented in clear, accessible vocabulary; show common construction worksite activities; and most are 2–4 minutes long.


The Sources of Information were updated 10–2020.

Veterans' Employment and Training Service

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210



Operations and ManagementJ. Sam Shellenberger

Chief of StaffJonathan VanderPlas

The Veterans' Employment and Training Service helps America's veterans, servicemembers, and their spouses who are eligible prepare for careers; provides them with employment resources and expertise; protects their employment rights; and promotes their employment opportunities.

On March 24, 1983, former Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan signed Order 4–83, which redesignated the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Employment as the Veterans' Employment and Training Service. The Secretary's order of redesignation was published in the Federal Register on April 1, 1983 (48 FR 14092).


The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers employment and training programs and compliance activities that help veterans and servicemembers succeed in their civilian careers. VETS also administers the jobs for veterans State grant program, which gives grants to States to fund personnel who are dedicated to serving the employment needs of veterans. VETS field staff works closely with and gives technical assistance to State employment workforce agencies to ensure that veterans receive priority of service and gain meaningful employment. VETS has two competitive grants programs: the homeless veterans reintegration program and the incarcerated veterans transition program. VETS also helps servicemembers who are separating from the Armed Forces prepare for the civilian labor market.

VETS has three compliance programs: the Federal contractor program, veterans' preference in Federal hiring, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). With respect to the Federal contractor program, VETS promulgates regulations and oversees the program by helping contractors comply with their affirmative action and reporting obligations. Although the Office of Personnel Management administers and interprets statutes and regulations that govern veterans' preference in Federal hiring, VETS investigates allegations that veterans' preference rights have been violated.


In addition, VETS preserves servicemembers' employment and reemployment rights through its administration and enforcement of USERRA. VETS conducts investigations of alleged violations, and it carries out a USERRA outreach program.


Sources of Information

Career Opportunities

In 2019, the VETS ranked 227th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

A national office directory is available online.


A regional and State directory is available online.


Find Employment

The "Find a Job" web page has resources to help veterans find employment.


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that VETS recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Any person has the right to request access to Federal agency records or information. VETS is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. An agency may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The act applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by State or local government agencies. A FOIA request should be submitted to the appropriate national or regional VETS office by email, fax, or mail. The subject line, cover page, or envelope should be clearly labeled "Freedom of Information Act Request." The content of the request should indicate that it is a FOIA request, and it should contain as much information as possible describing the record or records being sought.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VETS posts answers to FAQs on its website.


The Department of Labor posts answers to FAQs regarding veterans on its website.



Information on grants and other opportunities is available online.


News / Media

VETS posts news releases and public service announcements on its website.


The Sources of Information were updated 10–2020.

Wage and Hour Division

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy AdministratorSusan Boone

Chief of StaffMichael Stojsavljevich

The Wage and Hour Division protects and enhances the welfare of the Nation's workers by promoting and achieving compliance with labor standards.


On June 25, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved Public Law 75–718, which also is cited as the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Among its findings, the U.S. Congress noted that the existence "in industries engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, of labor conditions detrimental to the maintenance of the minimum standard of living necessary for health, efficiency, and general well-being of workers" causes these adverse labor conditions to spread and perpetuate, burdens commerce and the free flow of goods, undermines fair competition, leads to disputes that burden and obstruct commerce and the free flow of goods, and interferes with the commercial marketing of goods (52 Stat. 1060).


The statute also "created in the Department of Labor a Wage and Hour Division [WHD] which shall be under the direction of an Administrator" who "shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate" (52 Stat. 1061).

Secretary Frances Perkins's order of October 15, 1942, established the Wage and Hour and Public Contracts Divisions (WHPCD) by consolidating the WHD and the Public Contracts Division to administer Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, and child labor laws.


In 1967, the Wage and Labor Standards Administration (WLSA) was established in the Department of Labor to direct and coordinate Federal wage and labor standards programs. On May 5, 1969, by secretarial order, the WHPCD was assigned to the WLSA.

On November 8, 2009, the Employments Standards Administration was dissolved into its four constituent components: The WHD, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, and the Office of Labor Management Standards. Authorities were delegated and responsibilities were assigned to the Administrator of the WHD (74 FR 58836).


The WHD posts an organizational chart on its website.



"Chapter 8—Fair Labor Standards" has been assigned to 29 U.S.C. Title 29 is dedicated to codified statutory material that affects labor.


"Subtitle B—Regulations Relating to Labor" has been assigned to 29 CFR. The fifth chapter (sections 500–899) of that subtitle is dedicated to the WHD.



The WHD enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor law requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration-related statutes. Additionally, the WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.


Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that WHD records have been assigned to record group 155.


Career Opportunities

In 2019, the WHD ranked 170th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


Contact Information

The WHD posts contact information on its "Contact Us" web page.


Evaluations / Studies

The WHD posts evaluations and studies on its website in Portable Document Format (PDF).


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the WHD recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


File a Complaint

Instructions for filing a complaint are available online. Phone, 866-487-9243.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The WHD is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. The WHD may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The WHD does not require a special FOIA request form. A request must reasonably describe the desired record. Providing its name or title is not mandatory, but the more specific the record description, the more likely that WHD staff can locate it. A FOIA request must be made in writing and may be submitted by courier service, email, fax, or postal mail.



The WHD has posted a historical summary on its website.



The WHD posts national and State news releases.



Contact information for WHD area, district, and regional offices is available on the "WHD Local Offices" web page.



Resources for workers are available on the WHD website.


Resources for employers are available on the WHD website.


Resources for State and local governments are available on the WHD website.


The Sources of Information were updated 10–2020.

Women's Bureau

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


DIRECTORLaurie Todd-Smith
Chief of StaffJillian Rogers

Deputy Director of OperationsJoan Harrigan-Farrelly

The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women, to advocate for their equality and the economic security of their families, and to promote quality work environments.


On June 5, 1920, President Woodrow Wilson signed Public Law 66–259, which established "a bureau to be known as the Women's Bureau" in the Department of Labor. The Director of the Women's Bureau (WB) may not be a man, but is required by law to be a woman whom the President appoints by the advice and with the consent of the Senate. The U.S. Congress assigned the following duty to the WB: "to formulate standards and policies which shall promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment." The WB has "authority to investigate and report" to the Department of Labor ""upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of women in industry."



The Bureau identifies, researches, and analyzes topics that are relevant for working women; pioneers policies and programs to address those topics; and enhances public education and outreach efforts to raise awareness on key issues and developments affecting women in the workforce.


Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that WB records have been assigned to record group 086.


Centennial Anniversary

One of the Department of Labor's longest-serving agencies, the WB celebrates its centennial anniversary throughout the year 2020.


Contact Information

The WB has a toll-free phone number: 800-827-5335. Phone, 202-693-6710. Fax, 202-693-6725

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/contact | Email: womens.bureau@dol.gov

Data / Statistics

Current and historical statistics on a broad range of topics and subpopulations of women in the labor force are available online.


Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the WB recently published in the Federal Register are listed under the Department of Labor.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA gives a right to access Federal Government records to any person. The FOIA is designed to make Government actions and operations more transparent. It applies to existing records and does not require an agency to create new records for compliance. The FOIA also does not require an agency to collect information that it does not have or to do research or analyze data to fulfill a request. Certain records, or parts of them, may be exempt from disclosure by the Act if one of nine exemptions shields their content.



The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant expands pathways for women to enter all industries and assume leadership roles in them.


Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic grants help women who have been affected by the opioid crisis to rejoin the workforce.



Before the outbreak of the First World War, 75% of all women who worked in manufacturing made apparel or its materials, food, or tobacco products. The war changed the U.S. economy and how women participated in it: their numbers in the industrial workforce increased and the range of occupations open to them expanded, even though women remained concentrated in clerical occupations, domestic and personal service, and factory work. The Second World War, accelerated technological advancements, and changes in social attitude have created a different reality today. To learn more about the ever changing employment situation of women in the U.S. workforce and the role that the WB has played in shaping it for the better, visit the "History: An Overview 1920–2020" web page.



The "Equal Pay and Pay Transparency Protections" map is interactive and displays information on Federal and State equal pay and pay transparency protections for workers.


The "Employment Protections for Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing" map is interactive and displays information on Federal and State employment protections against pregnancy discrimination, provisions for pregnancy accommodation, and workplace breastfeeding rights.



The "WB Updates Newsletter" is available online.


Press Releases

The Bureau posts press releases online.


Regional Offices

A complete listing of WB regional offices is available online.



The WB posts Federal resources for women on its website.


"Meeting in a Box" is a communication resource that allows the WB to share information about its current activities, while also providing messaging tools for the general public. This communications resource includes a presentation slide deck with notes, factsheet, and talking points. It offers tools for conducting a meeting, incorporating information into speeches, or incorporating messages as part of a meeting presentation. A tool may be used singly as a stand-alone piece, or in combination, depending on the audience and setting.


The Sources of Information were updated 10–2020.