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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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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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Are You Up to the Challenge?

Filed in Disabilities, Web Apps by on June 22, 2012 10 Comments

As part of DOL’s focus on expanding opportunities for all Americans, we at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) work to influence national policy and promote effective workplace practices that ensure today’s workforce is inclusive of all people, including people with disabilities—people like me.  In carrying out our work, we look at things from […]

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Work With Us to Protect Workers

Filed in Web Apps, Workplace Rights by on May 16, 2012 1 Comment
Work With Us to Protect Workers

In my time at the Department of Labor, I’ve been impressed by the way our mission to protect workers has been energized and accelerated when we have opened up our process to the innovative ideas of the American public. We’ve already used the government’s public challenge platform – http://www.challenge.gov/ – to help us develop apps […]

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Hangout with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Web Apps by on May 9, 2012 0 Comments

The following is a cross-post of a blog that first appeared on the White House Blog: On Thursday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. EDT Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will host a Google+ Hangout to talk about the Obama Administration’s Summer Jobs+ initiative. Summer Jobs+ is a call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to […]

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My First Job: Why Summer Jobs+ is Important for Our Youth

The following is a cross-post from the White House Blog: Today, on the train up to Philadelphia for the announcement of the Summer Jobs+ bank, I had the chance to think about my first summer job and what it meant to me and my family. I grew up in a modest neighborhood just outside of […]

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