August 3, 2009
DIRECTORATES AND FREE STANDING OFFICES
Acting Assistant Secretary
Improving Administration of the Voluntary Protection Programs
This memorandum delineates actions you will implement for improving OSHA's
administration of the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). These actions are in
response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) recently released
report on the VPP. The report identified weaknesses in OSHA's VPP operations and
made recommendations for the Agency to take steps to improve its policies,
procedures, and oversight activities.
It is incumbent on all of us to put into practice the VPP principle of
continuous improvement. One way we must do this is by addressing GAO's
recommendations. Accordingly, the Agency has initiated a careful review of how
it implements VPP in the Regions and the National Office, with a focus on
ensuring consistent, high-quality administration and conformance with the VPP
Policies and Procedures Manual, CSP 03-01-003, April 18, 2008 and the VPP
Federal Register Notice, 74 FR 927, January 9, 2009. Based on this review, the
Regions and National Office shall implement various actions as follows:
- Attachment 1 addresses improvements to Regional administration of
the VPP that relate to GAO recommendations and fall within current VPP policy
and procedure. The specified actions shall be implemented within 30 days of
the date of this memorandum unless otherwise specified.
- Attachment 2 addresses improvements the Directorate of Cooperative
and State Programs (DCSP) will implement in coordination with other
Directorates. The specified actions shall be implemented within 45 days of the
date of this memorandum unless otherwise specified.
- Attachment 3 provides a summary, in table format, of Regional and
National Office actions.
The VPP Policies and Procedures Manual will be revised to reflect all changes
included in this memorandum. If you have any comments or questions, please
contact the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Office of
Partnerships and Recognition.