On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The Act provides $609 million in funding to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 that began October 1, 2015. This funding level is $16.8 million more than the FY 2015 enacted level of $592.2 million, but $23.7 million below the FY 2016 President’s Budget. The increase in FY 2016 is sufficient to fund the International Price Program Export Price Indexes, as well as to partially fund inflationary costs as requested in the FY 2016 President’s Budget, but does not fund any new initiatives. In order to maintain current production and core programs within this funding level, the BLS is curtailing spending on a temporary basis in FY 2016. This means, for example, that planned improvements and development and research projects may be deferred or curtailed.
Last Modified Date: March 3, 2016