$200 Million for Apprenticeships
This portion of the budget aims to equip "Americans with the skills they need to fill open, high-paying jobs by increasing investment to $200 million in apprenticeships, a proven earn-while-you-learn strategy," according to a DOL press release.
Foreign Labor Costs
President Trump is requesting Congressional authorization to cover the operating costs for foreign labor certification programs through fees paid by employers who use these programs. According to the DOL, this will ensure that only employers who use the program pay for it instead of funding it from tax dollars, and the program will have a more reliable, workload-based source of funding that ultimately eliminates the need for appropriations.
Paid Family Leave
The new budget will provide six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents.
Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Reform
The reform includes modernizing program administration, simplifying benefit rates and introducing controls to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, according to the DOL.
Accountability and Efficiency Measures
The FY 2019 budget aims to centralize DOL administrative activities such as procurement, human resources, financial management and security to improve oversight, eliminate duplication and save money. It also provides the department with flexibility to better allocate resources to fund IT modernization, according to the DOL statement.