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Labor Department to close, consolidate field offices

Feb. 15, 2012 - 04:58PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The Labor Department plans to close a variety of field offices in an effort to become more efficient, according to budget documents the department released Monday.

The Office of Public Affairs will close its Denver and Seattle offices, while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will consolidate offices in Boston, New York, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle to three locations.

The department is still deciding which offices will close and where consolidated offices will be located. It expects the closures to save a combined $19 million this year and next in reduced operating and leasing costs.

Also closing but not yet identified:

Four Employee Benefits Security Administration offices.

Two offices each in the Office of the Solicitor and the Women's Bureau.

Low-performing Job Corps centers.

Other agencies in the department also are drafting office consolidation plans.

The Agriculture Department plans to close 260 offices to save $150 million annually. It will redirect the savings toward agency projects.

The Census Bureau will continue its efforts to close six of 12 regional offices to save between $15 million and $18 million annually beginning in fiscal 2014.

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