Women"s Bureau

To improve the status of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, advance their opportunities for profitable employment, and to provide employers with more alternatives to meet their labor needs.

Through its initiatives focusing on nontraditional employment
opportunities,financial security, workplace flexibility, and mentoring, the Bureau works to promote an environment that is responsive to the demands and challenges of the 21st Century workforce; it establishes and maintains linkage with national, community and faith-based organizations, business and industry, trade unions, research foundations, academic, and Federal, State, and local government agencies for cooperative projects that address the employment and supportive service needs of women.


Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the nearest Department of Labor, Women"s Bureau regional office in Appendix IV of the Catalog listed under the Office of the Secretary.
Website Address

http://www.dol.gov/wb/



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: During Fiscal Year 2008, the Women"s Bureau continued to support and develop on-going projects; several additional projects were designed and implemented in its effort to promote an environment responsive to the demands and challenges of the 21st century workforce. These targeted initiatives were designed to enhance opportunities for women under the Department"s goals of A Competitive Workforce, A Prepared Workforce, and Strengthened Economic Protections. The following examples are highlights of the Bureau"s accomplishments: A COMPETITIVE WORKFORCE -- The Women"s Bureau continued its Flex-Options for Women project, which started in January 2004. The project links mentors who have experience in developing flexible workplace policies and procedures with women business owners who want to develop flexible workplace policies and procedures. A PREPARED WORKFORCE -- The Bureau"s Working Women in Transition (WWIT) program continued its efforts in support of women who are making a transition in their work lives. Building on the best practices of Better Jobs! projects, WWIT implemented the Bureau"s unique high-touch and high-tech strategy that combines online and face-to-face resources. Participants were provided access to online mentors (e-mentoring), online employment tools, and distance learning opportunities while working with local service providers. A SECURE WORKFORCE -- Wi$eUp is a financial education demonstration project targeted to Generation X women ages 22 to 35. The centerpiece of the program is an eight-module curriculum offered online, as well as in a classroom setting in educational institutions and other organizations. In the online program, the curriculum is complemented by an "Ask the Experts" feature, which permits participants to send questions by e-mail to volunteers with financial expertise. Another feature available to participants in both the online and classroom-based versions is a series of monthly one-hour teleconference calls with featured speakers and a question and answer session. The Women"s Bureau also continued to host financial security and education events throughout the country. OUTREACH -- Through its National and Regional offices, web page, speaking engagements, and publications, the Women"s Bureau continued to provide up-to-date, consistent, and relevant information and resources to employees, employers, and interested constituents on a variety of work-related topics, including job options, training and employment, flexible work schedules, and women"s employment-related statistics. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Technical information and referrals are provided to interested constituents.

This information includes program models and advisory services that increase opportunities for women to plan for their economic and retirement security, aid in the development of training and educational programs designed to increase employment and earning opportunities, and support the establishment of programs that encourage a balance between home and work-life through flexible policies and programs.

The Women"s Bureau does not provide financial assistance to individuals.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individual/Family: Employment/Labor/Management; Training.

Minority group: Employment/Labor/Management.

Specialized group (e.g.

health professionals, students, veterans): Libraries/lnformation/Statistics

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individual/Family; Minority group; Women

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Requests for information or advice may be made to the appropriate Department of Labor, Women"s Bureau regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, or to the Headquarters Office listed under the Information Contacts section of this program. The Women"s Bureau does not provide financial assistance to individuals.

Award Procedures

Not applicable. The Women"s Bureau does not provide financial assistance to individuals.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Public Law 66-259; 29 U.S.C. 11-16.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

This program has no matching requirements.

This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. The Women"s Bureau does not provide financial assistance to individuals. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The Women"s Bureau does not provide financial assistance to individuals.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-0165-0-1-505.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 08 $9,465,000; FY 09 est $10,419,000; FY 10 est $10,604,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable. The Women"s Bureau does not provide financial assistance to individuals.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest Department of Labor, Women"s Bureau regional office in Appendix IV of the Catalog listed under the Office of the Secretary.

Headquarters Office

Angela Adams 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room S3002, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: adams.angela@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-6710

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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