Compensation and Working Conditions


To provide timely and relevant data on levels and trends in wages; employee benefits; occupational safety and health; and work stoppages.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
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.
None for the general public requesting data; OMB Circular No. A-87 requirements apply to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A--87 also applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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 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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. The typical process would include guidelines and application material 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.
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?
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.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Audit requirements are in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133 and 2 CFR 200.
Recordkeeping is in accordance with 29 CFR 97 (implementing OMB Circular No. A-102 and
2 CFR 200).
Other 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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
Vacant 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20212 Phone: 202-691-6300
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $81,376,723; FY 15 est $1,935,000; and FY 16 est $0 - (Grants) FY 14 $6,539,000; FY 15 est $6,764,000; and FY 16 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 2014 was from $8,000 (Idaho) to $718,000 (California). The average was $128,000.
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."
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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