Labor

IG: ‘Tens of Billions’ in Fraudulent Unemployment Claims in 2020

A Labor Department Inspector General memo suggests a massive uptick in fraudulent unemployment claims brought on by COVID-19.

Lawmakers Call for Federal Program to Upgrade Unemployment Systems

Many people filing for unemployment during the pandemic have experienced long delays. Subpar technology is one of the factors commonly blamed for problems.

Biden Asks OSHA to Consider COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

A national order from OSHA would bring all states under the same rules, since even states with independent agencies must meet or exceed the federal standard.

Labor Wants Feedback on Checklist for Modernizing State Unemployment Systems

The federal agency seeks input on the mandatory guidance it released to help states prevent service disruptions as they update their technology. 

Labor Department Joins GSA’s AI Center of Excellence to Automate Procurement Tools

Labor becomes the sixth agency to join the Centers of Excellence program and the first of 2020.

Labor Awards $11 Million to Help States Leverage Data to Bolster Their Workforce

The department aims to improve the effectiveness of its workforce and the data systems that inform it.

How Some Agencies Are Rethinking Transparency

It’s not just about posting products for the public, it’s about sharing how an agency got there, federal officials said.

How the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Ditching Hand-coding Data

Using some DIY-attitude and machine learning tools, BLS figured out how to automate 85% of its survey workload.

As Feds Expand Guest Worker Visas, Many Companies Say More Still Needed

Competition is stiff for businesses seeking H-2B visas. And the worker shortages have been felt all over the country, in a range of industries.

Labor Department Creates Chief Data Officer Position

In addition to a CDO, the agency will establish a data board—both in accordance with the OPEN Government Data Act.

Potential Merger Isn’t Slowing Education’s IT Modernization Plans

Officials said looking at technology should be a first step in merging agencies but those discussions can’t start without a mandate.

Digital Time-Tracking Systems Are Draining Worker Pay

Making sure that people are compensated for the time they’ve worked is an issue of fairness.

More Feds Telework Than Ever Despite Managers' Resistance

Issues with documentation and data integrity are preventing successful teleworking operations.

Why Bosses Can Track Their Employees 24/7

In many states, employers aren’t barred from monitoring workers’ locations after hours or without their consent.

US Government Sues Google Over Its Diversity Data

The tech giant is being sued by the Labor Department over the company’s disclosure of compensation data and documents.

Congress Flexes Muscle on FITARA

"We are going to stick with this,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who promised a bipartisan effort to ensure FITARA is carried out successfully.