The Office of Assessments assesses and collects civil monetary penalties for violations of the Mine Act and of mine safety and health standards. This includes determining the civil penalty amounts, collecting and accounting for all delinquent penalties, and accounting for all penalty cases in litigation before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and the Federal courts.
The Office of Assessments also administers MSHA’s Special Investigations Program, which includes investigation of discrimination complaints filed under Section 105(c) of the Mine Act by miners, representatives of miners, or applicants for employment, in addition to investigation of knowing or willful violations under Section 110 of the Mine Act. The Office also manages MSHA’ s enhanced enforcement strategies including the Pattern of Violations (POV) Program, which identifies mines exhibiting a potential POV for enhanced enforcement, use of injunctive authority, and impact inspections. Finally, The Office of Assessments administers MSHA’s accountability program, which ensures enforcement policies and procedures are performed effectively and appropriately.
The Office of Assessments is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and has a field office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as well as two duty stations located in Madisonville, KY and Lakewood, CO.
Chief, Civil Penalty Compliance Office
Chief, Division of Accountability
Chief, Assessment Center