Proposed FY2016 budget would boost safety agency funding


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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.