Department of Labor
The Department of Labor oversees federal programs for ensuring a strong American workforce. These programs address job training, safe working conditions, minimum hourly wage and overtime pay, employment discrimination, and unemployment insurance.
The Department of Labor’s mission is to foster and promote the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.
Offices within the Department of Labor include the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal government’s principal statistics agency for labor economics, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, which promotes the safety and health of America’s working men and women.
The Secretary of Labor oversees 15,000 employees on a budget of approximately $50 billion.
Strategic Goals and Missions
- Prepare workers for good jobs and ensure fair compensation
- Ensure workplaces are safe and healthy
- Assure fair and high quality work-life environments
- Secure health benefits and, for those not working, provide income security
- Produce timely and accurate data on the economic conditions of workers and their families
Cyber/Information Technology Movements
- Awarding large disbursements to cyber security training programs across the country
- Security missions:
- Ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive information processed by, stored in, and moved through information systems and applications belonging to the Department of Labor (DOL). Examples of sensitive information processed by DOL include: personally identifiable information (PII) and other Privacy Act protected records; pre-release economic statistics; information provided by companies and citizens under the assumption of confidentiality; and pre-award contract financial information.
- Ensuring the integrity of the DOL information such that decisions and actions taken based upon the data processed by, stored in, and moved through DOL information systems can be made with the assurance that the information has not been manipulated, the information is not subject to repudiation, the source of the changes to information can be determined as best as possible.
- Ensuring the availability of the DOL information systems and applications during routine operations and in crisis situations to support the DOL Mission.
- Security missions:
- Security Initiatives:
- Regulatory Compliance And Oversight
- FISMA Implementation and Reporting
- Computer Security Awareness and Training
- Computer Security Incident Response
Compliance is key in the department. Solutions that help with FISMA and other regulatory compliance are of importance.
Items of Interest
Labor will migrate the following services to the cloud
- Website Hosting
- Email Archiving
Department of Labor Data Center Consolidation
Department of Labor to drop 2 data centers, moving from 20 to 18. This move is showing that they are not moving very fast towards consolidation, and could use help in that arena.
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