Open Government

Mobile Gov Code Chop Shop

Filed in DOL, Open Government by on July 22, 2014 0 Comments
Mobile Gov Code Chop Shop

Editors note: The following post by Jacob Parcell of the General Services Administration and Mike Pulsifer of the Labor Department originally ran on the Digital Gov blog. View the original here. You’ve just found a great open source fed agency app on the Mobile Code Sharing Catalog, and would love to use one of its cool […]

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America’s Economy at Your Fingertips

America’s Economy at Your Fingertips

Several federal statistical agencies produce monthly and quarterly snapshots of key sectors within the U.S. economy known as “economic indicators.” Among them is my agency, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Economic indicators are used by the government and the public for […]

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Calling All Innovative Minds: Take the DOL Fair Labor Data Challenge

A lot has changed in the 75 years since the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act established this country’s most basic worker protections: the minimum wage and overtime compensation. Yet the need for those protections is more important than ever, and my agency, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, needs to be smart […]

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Meet BLS Commissioner Erica Groshen

Filed in DOL, Open Government by on June 14, 2013 3 Comments
Meet BLS Commissioner Erica Groshen

Editor’s note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics is headed by commissioners who are appointed by the president and serve four-year terms. We asked the current commissioner to introduce herself in this post and share a little bit about the future of BLS. It is a labor economist’s dream to head an agency like the Labor […]

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Taking Open Government to the Next Level

Filed in DOL, Open Government by on April 18, 2013 4 Comments
Taking Open Government to the Next Level

“I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives?” President Obama posed this question as a challenge to federal agencies, and we’ve taken that challenge seriously at the Labor Department. On a personal level, I’m hardly a “techie” − but I appreciate how […]

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A Moment for Renewal

A Moment for Renewal

After spending twelve of the last twenty years working at the Department of Labor, it is an honor and privilege to serve as the acting secretary of labor. The Labor Department’s work to fulfill the goal of Good Jobs for Everyone remains, as ever, in progress. Millions of people depend on the Labor Department to […]

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Six Degrees of Job Creation

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Web Apps by on November 20, 2012 2 Comments
Six Degrees of Job Creation

Mark Granovetter coined the phrase “the strength of weak ties” in 1973 to describe a job-seeking phenomenon: that a large network of acquaintances is a powerful job-hunting tool. Our closest friends know many of the same people we know, he argued. But our more distant friends have different connections – and those connections can be […]

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Safety Innovation at Our Fingertips

Filed in Safety, Web Apps, Workplace Rights by on August 16, 2012 3 Comments

Three months ago, we launched a new challenge to make use of one of our nation’s greatest resources – the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the American public. Innovation has always been inspired by economic and technological challenges in our communities, classrooms and businesses. At the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, we are committed to […]

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The New Meaning of ‘Tech Savvy’

Filed in Disabilities, Web Apps by on August 15, 2012 1 Comment

Any leading employer can tell you about the importance of being “tech savvy.”  From desktop software to smart phones providing employees the technology they need is key to business success.  However, not all employers understand the importance of making that technology accessible to all of their workers.  My agency, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, […]

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Making Us Mobile

Filed in Web Apps by on August 2, 2012 8 Comments
Making Us Mobile

We’re improving mobile access to http://www.dol.gov/, but we want your help. The federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), Steven VanRoekel, developed the digital government strategy to improve how the federal government purchases and uses information technology while enhancing services provided to the American public.  This strategy was developed with input from representatives across the federal government, […]

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