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United States Department of Labor

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The United States Department of Labor (DOL) is a cabinet-level bureau of the federal government tasked with ensuring the productivity, rights and safety of U.S. workers. Under the direction of the U.S. Secretary of Labor, the DOL administers over 180 federal laws.

Under the DOL, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government regarding labor, economics, and statistics, collecting and providing data on employment, wages, inflation and productivity, as well as statistics on safety and health issues in the workplace.

The DOL was founded in 1913 when the Department of Commerce and Labor created by President Theodore Roosevelt was split into two regulatory bodies by President William Howard Taft. As of this writing, the main offices within the DOL are:

  • Administrative Review Board
  • Benefits Review Board
  • Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Employees' Compensation Appeals Board
  • Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program
  • Employment and Training Administration
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Office of Inspector General
  • Office of Labor-Management Standards
  • Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
  • Veterans' Employment and Training Service
  • Wage and Hour Division
  • Women's Bureau
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • PBGC Office of the Inspector General
  • Office of Administrative Law Judges
  • Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
  • Office of Public Engagement (OPE)
  • Office of the Solicitor (SOL)
  • Office of the Secretary (OSEC)
  • Wirtz Labor Library
  • Job Corps
This was last updated in September 2017

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