OSHA’s FY2013 budget request shows large investment in whistleblower protection programs
Posted February 18, 2012
In support of President Barack Obama’s plan to create an economy that is built to last, the Department of Labor’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request of $12.0 billion in discretionary funding reflects many critical investments in programs and activities that will spur economic growth and promote workers’ rights, enforce statutory rules that keep workers safe, and help workers keep what they earn.
OSHA, in particular, is directing additional resources to the hazards and industries where they are most needed. In FY 2013, OSHA says that it will continue to develop and revise regulations and standards under the agency's regulatory agenda, and will continue to direct inspections and outreach at establishments and industries with the highest injury, illness, and fatality rates.
The FY 2013 OSHA budget, which is designed to promote the agency’s mission and priorities, consists of $565,468,000 and 2,308 full-time employees, an increase of $680,470 and 3 full-time employees from the FY 2012 enacted level.
Specifically, the FY 2013 budget includes a program increase of:
- $1,000,000 for safety and health standards to meet the complex safety and health threats in today’s workplaces, and
- $4,800,000 and 37 FTE for the 21 whistleblower protection programs administered by OSHA.
In addition, OSHA is requesting an additional $1,750,000 to support the agency’s Modernization of Injury and Illness Data Collection initiative, and is including three additional savings proposals.
For more information on the president's FY 2013 budget request for OSHA and the Department of Labor, visit http://www.dol.gov/budget/.
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