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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Update on the 2016 President’s Budget for the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The links below provide an overview of the 2016 budget request for the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

While the 2016 budget process continues, the Office of Management and Budget has recently expressed concerns about the level of funding being considered by the Senate:

  • Office of Management and Budget Letter to Senate Appropriators (July 9, 2015)
    • Relevant BLS Text on Page 5: “The bill also includes numerous other problematic reductions that would undermine priorities ranging from generation of critical economic data to Medicare program administration. For example, the bill significantly underfunds the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS produces vital data that support U.S. economic growth, including valuable and highly visible sources of data on the Nation’s economy and workforce that are regularly used by the Federal Reserve; Federal, State, and local government programs; businesses; jobseekers; and many other decision-makers. Under the bill BLS would have difficulty continuing to operate its core programs and would need to permanently eliminate surveys as a result.”

The links below are to the most recent information available on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation for 2016:

BLS will provide periodic updates on the 2016 budget as the process continues.