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FY 2015 Department of Labor Budget Request
Mar 4, 2014
The fiscal year 2015 president's budget for the Department of Labor includes $11.8 billion in discretionary funding, along with new, dedicated mandatory funds. The budget includes funding and reforms that will better prepare workers for jobs; protect their wages, working conditions and safety; provide a safety net for those who lose their jobs or are hurt on the job; and promote secure retirements. While the budget adheres to the spending levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, it also illustrates the president's vision for an economy that promotes opportunity for all Americans with a fully paid for Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.

Press Release

Excerpts: The budget supports reforms to improve training and employment programs to help workers gain skills and return to work more quickly. It proposes to streamline access to federal job training programs, more fully engage employers to ensure training is directed at ready-to-fill-jobs in the marketplace, and improve the efficiency and employment outcomes of the department's programs. The budget proposes the creation of the New Careers Pathways program, which would provide job assistance to a million Americans and combine the best features of the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program and the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Workers program. The New Careers Pathways program, to be administered by the Employment and Training Administration, delivers on the Obama administration's vision to offer one set of services to displaced workers through one unified system.

The budget also creates additional jobs and careers by catalyzing new partnerships between community colleges and employers. The Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative includes $1.5 billion in 2015 to support a four-year, $6 billion Community College Job-Driven Training Fund to launch new training programs and apprenticeships that will prepare participants for in-demand jobs and careers. Of each year's funding, $500 million will be set aside for grants to create new apprenticeships and increase participation in existing apprenticeship programs. This four-year investment will support doubling the number of apprenticeships in America over the next five years.

To foster innovation and better performance, the budget includes $60 million for the Workforce Innovation Fund to give states and regions the flexibility to test new workforce development strategies. It provides $80 million for Incentive Grants to reward states that have been successful in training and placing in jobs those with the greatest barriers to employment. The budget also proposes $15 million for grants to states, consortia of states, or regional partnerships to develop employment and training strategies targeted to particular in-demand industry sectors in regional economies.

To reach the nation's long-term unemployed, the 2015 budget proposes mandatory funding for a Job-Driven Training for Youth and the Long-Term Unemployed initiative made up of programs to allow individuals to continue receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits while participating in short-term work placements. It also supports partnerships between businesses, education and training providers to train approximately one million long-term unemployed. Funding for a Summer Jobs Plus program is also included to create summer and year-round employment opportunities for 600,000 disadvantaged youth.

For those who have lost their jobs, the budget invests $158 million in re-employment and eligibility assessments and re-employment services, an evidence-based approach to speed the return to work of UI beneficiaries. The funds will serve those who are most likely to exhaust their UI benefits as well as all returning military service members. In addition, the budget proposal includes needed reforms to the UI program to enhance the system's solvency and financial integrity while maintaining benefits for job seekers. The budget also supports the extension of emergency unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. If not extended, 3.6 million additional people are estimated to lose access to extended UI benefits by the end of 2014, remaining unemployed and looking for work.

President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

Opportunity For All: Middle Class Tax Cuts In The President’s FY 2015 Budget

Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Labor Budget in Brief
See below for the page by page discussions of the Employment and Training Administration’s programs and initiatives

Employment and Training Administration (6) Overview (6) Training and Employment Services (7) Adult Employment and Training Activities (7) Youth Activities (8) Dislocated Worker Employment and Training Activities (9) Workforce Innovation Fund (10) WIA Incentive Grants (10) Sector Strategies (11) Indian and Native American Programs (11) Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (12) Women in Apprenticeship (12) YouthBuild (13) Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (13) Workforce Data Quality Initiative (14) Job Training for Employment in High Growth Industries (14) Office of Job Corps (15) Community Service Employment For Older Americans (17) TAA Community College and Career Training Grant Fund (18) Federal Unemployment Benefits and Allowances (19) State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations (20) Unemployment Insurance (20) State Administration (21) Reemployment Eligibility Assessments (22) National Activities (23) Employment Service (23) Employment Service National Activities (24) Employment Service: Grants to States (25) Foreign Labor Certification (25) Workforce Information-Electronic Tools-System Building (26) Advances to the Unemployment Trust fund (27) Program Administration (28) Apprenticeship (28) State Paid Leave Fund (30) New Career Pathways Program (31) Job-Driven Training for Youth and the Long-Term Unemployed (32)