Bloomberg Law
March 22, 2022, 9:30 AM

Minimal DOL Budget Boost in 2022 May Be Blunted by Rescue Cash

Paige Smith
Paige Smith
Rebecca Rainey
Rebecca Rainey
Senior Reporter

The U.S. Labor Department is sitting on $135 million of leftover emergency funding from the pandemic rescue packages, providing a small lifeline for the agency’s enforcement arms after subagencies saw meager funding increases for fiscal 2022.

The Senate passed a full year $1.5 trillion federal funding bill earlier this month that provided the Labor Department with $13.2 billion in discretionary funding for the current fiscal year, which officially started on Oct. 1. Beneath the topline, most subagencies saw increases of 3% or less.

The relatively paltry increases amid rising inflation have already triggered calls for more funding ahead of the ...

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