The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its Semiannual Report to Congress for the six-month period ending March 31, 2011, taking aiming at OSHA for its "inability to best target its resources and measure the impact of its efforts."

The report is based in part on an OIG audit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that found that OSHA "has not effectively evaluated the impact of hundreds of millions of dollars in penalty reductions as incentives to reducing workplace hazards" and has failed on occasion to follow its own policies and procedures during work site investigations.

The report also faulted the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) for a lack of oversight of pension protection regulations. Several recommendations were also included in the report, calling for new legislation.