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The 2013 President’s Budget for the Bureau of Labor Statistics

UPDATE: June 21, 2012

The BLS has identified funding to maintain biennial fielding of the 1979 and 1997 cohorts of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) of Youth, subject to appropriations. The plan to reduce the NLS, as described below, no longer applies to the 2013 Budget request for BLS.

On February 13, 2012, President Obama submitted his 2013 budget to Congress. The President’s Budget provides $618.2 million in funding to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the 2013 fiscal year that will begin on October 1, 2012. This is an increase of $9.1 million over the BLS 2012 appropriation.

The 2013 Budget level will enable the BLS to continue to fulfill its role in developing national labor- and price-related statistics, and fully funds most BLS statistical programs. Specifically, the 2013 Budget includes funding to improve the quality of the data produced by two programs, but also reduces one program and eliminates another program.

2013 Budget Highlights

The 2013 President’s Budget for the BLS includes the following new program changes:

  1. Add an Annual Current Population Survey Supplement ($1.6 million). This initiative will enhance the capability of the BLS to produce data on contingent work and alternative work arrangements, work schedules and other topics relating to workplace flexibility, along with other issues. In even years, the BLS will conduct the Contingent Work Supplement to capture data on contingent work and alternative work arrangements. In odd years, the BLS will conduct other supplements relevant to the BLS mission, including topics that will provide more data on workplace flexibility and work-family balance.
  2. Support a Supplemental Statistical Poverty Measure ($2.5 million). This proposal will enable the BLS to support the Census Bureau in its development of a supplemental statistical poverty measure using Consumer Expenditure data. As part of this initiative, the CE Survey program will develop questions to be added to the Interview Survey and move up the delivery date of the CE poverty thresholds to the Census Bureau to early August to support its September release date of the income and poverty report.
  3. Reduce the National Longitudinal Surveys Program (-$1.3 million). The NLS will continue the elongation of the fielding schedules of the 1979 and 1997 cohorts of the NLS Youth surveys. The elongation began in FY 2012, as described in the 2012 budget enacted.
  4. Eliminate the International Labor Comparisons Program (-$2.0 million). In order to partially finance other needs, the BLS will eliminate the ILC program. Currently, the ILC program provides international comparisons of hourly compensation costs; productivity and unit labor costs; labor force, employment and unemployment rates; and consumer prices.


Last Modified Date: June 21, 2012