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2012 Budget for the Bureau of Labor Statistics

UPDATE: March 2, 2012

On March 2, 2012, the BLS temporarily suspended plans to elongate the fielding schedules of the 1979 and 1997 cohorts of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) of Youth as described below. Funding through the remainder of FY 2012 has been found for biennial fielding of both cohorts. The BLS will continue to evaluate longer-term options.

On December 23, 2011, President Obama signed into law the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The Act provides $609.1 million in funding to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the fiscal year 2012 that began on October 1, 2011. This funding level is $1.1 million less than the 2011 funding level, due to a 0.189 percent across-the-board rescission applied to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. Additionally, this funding level is $37.9 million less than the President requested for BLS.

2012 Budget Highlight

Within this level, the BLS will continue operations similar to 2011, except as noted for the National Longitudinal Surveys:

Elongate the National Longitudinal Surveys Fielding Schedules

In order to partially finance other needs, the BLS will elongate the fielding schedules of the 1979 and 1997 cohorts of the NLS of Youth to once every three years. Prior to this change, the 1979 cohort was fielded every other year, and the 1997 cohort was fielded every year. The reduction also will result in the elimination of the Hispanic oversample in both cohorts.

Each survey gathers information on the labor market experiences of groups of American men and women at multiple points in time. Decreased frequency of data collection and dissemination will lead to lower response rates and higher attrition over time, degrading NLS data quality and usability.


Last Modified Date: March 2, 2012