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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; L - Dissemination of Technical Information; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 Each year, BLS publishes over 2 million series, indexes, and other data products across its programs, including Compensation and Working Conditions.
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.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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 through GrantSolutions according to a schedule of key dates.
Award Procedure
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. The typical process would include guidelines and application materials being sent to state or local government in early summer via GrantSolutions, with applications due by late summer. Cooperative agreements are executed and become effective October 1.
Not applicable.
Each fiscal year the Bureau of Labor Statistics enters into new cooperative agreements with appropriate state or local governments.
How are proposals selected?
Acceptable application and specific program deliverables and cost.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Recordkeeping is in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Public Law 91-596, Section 24

Matching is voluntary. 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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreement funding generally is for a single fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the appropriate regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Hilery Simpson
2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20212 US
Phone: 202-691-5184
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$87,215,713.00; FY 23 est $91,000,000.00; FY 24 est $91,000,000.00; FY 20$83,423,575.00; FY 21 est $84,337,000.00; FY 19$83,417,434.00; FY 18$82,790,968.00; FY 17$84.00; FY 16$85,682,556.00; - (Grants) FY 22 $7,343,000; FY 23 est. $7,606,000; and FY 24 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 2022 was from $16,200 (Idaho) to $754,600 (California). The average was $136,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
NCS national news releases on Employee Benefits in the U.S., the Employment Cost Index, and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation; Employment Cost 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."
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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