Proposed FY2016 budget would boost safety agency funding
Washington – President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 includes an increase of nearly $60 million for OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Under the proposed budget, released Feb. 2, OSHA would be funded at $592.1 million, with MSHA at $394.9 million. The agencies’ current year funding levels are approximately $552.8 million and $375.9 million, respectively.
The OSHA proposal includes the following increases:
- $4 million for State Plan states
- $18 million for federal enforcement
- $5 million for whistleblower protections
- $5 million for compliance assistance
MSHA would receive the following increases:
- $8 million for coal mines
- $1 million for standards development
- $4 million for educational policy and development
The budget proposal will be taken into consideration by Congress. Fiscal year 2016 runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.