White House Proposes To Slash DOL Funding Featured

  17 March 2017

The White House proposes to slash Labor Department funding by nearly 21 percent.

The fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint calls for $9.6 billion in discretionary spending at the DOL, down from $12.2 billion for the prior year, according to a proposal released by the White House March 16. The request, referred to as a “skinny budget” because it is slim on details about specific subagencies, indicates that the White House may be waiting for advice from a confirmed labor secretary. To absorb the steep cuts, the administration wants to reduce jobless benefits costs, eliminate the Bureau of International Labor Affairs’ grant funding and close at least some Job Corps centers. The White House also said it would scrap certain “ineffective, duplicative, and peripheral” DOL job-training grants. Read more here.