Federal Legislation and Policy

CWA maintains a robust presence in Washington D.C., and works with other state and national partners to ensure that workforce development issues are at the forefront of appropriations discussions. We also maintain communications with the Department of Labor, Congress, and the Administration to ensure that legislation and policy that comes from D.C. has the effect of building up the workforce system, ensuring that local and state flexibility are maintained in the operation of the program, and that good outcomes are developed for the businesses and communities that local workforce boards serve.

WIOA

Any discussion of federal workforce development legislation begins and ends with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which passed both houses of Congress in a bipartisan, near-unanimous vote of 95-3 in the Senate, and 415-6 in the House. Support for WIOA is unlike any other major program in the country, and for good reason. It is the common sense solution to workforce development, putting business in the lead of decision making, while incorporating the voices of Labor, Education, and the Community. These parties work together for a common goal, the prosperity of America through strong businesses that are staffed by an engaged, educated, innovative workforce.

This legislation is so important that we have a whole page dedicated to it. Please click here to get to that page and dive deeper into this historic legislation.

Federal Legislation

Below is a list of items CWA is following closely:

  • Appropriations – CWA supports WIOA funding to fully authorized levels, as determined by a near unanimous vote of consent in both houses of Congress upon the passage of WIOA.
  • Perkins Reauthorization – CWA supports funding for CTE programs, and increased alignment with the tenets and measures of WIOA.
  • TANF Reauthorization – CWA supports a loosening of the restrictions around skills training, and alignment with the tenets of WIOA.

Government Resources

CWA keeps tabs on the websites of all of the important California and federal players in workforce development on our Government Resources page.

To view the page, please click here.

Federal Funding Update – February 2018

Federal Funding Update – February 2018

Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations – Congressional leaders agreed to a 2-year budget deal which increases federal spending caps for defense and non-defense discretionary accounts for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. The increases for non-defense accounts are $63 billion and...

Governor’s signature on AB 1149

Governor’s signature on AB 1149

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2017 Contact: Eric Flores (916) 325-1610 Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 1149: Workforce Investment Boards by Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula Sacramento, CA. – The California Workforce Association (CWA) announces that Governor Brown...

CWA Bill Report – June, 2017

CWA Bill Report – June, 2017

• AB 1111 (CWA sponsored, Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia) - This bill would enact the Removing Barriers to Employment Act, which would require the California Workforce Development Board to work with the Employment Development Department to create a grant program to...

AB 1111 Passes Assembly Appropriations

AB 1111 Passes Assembly Appropriations

This morning, AB 1111 was passed on an A roll call (unanimous support) by the Assembly Appropriations committee, and will go to the Assembly floor. CWA and our partners and members have now officially progressed further towards the goal of this bill than 2642 did last...

News on White House Budget Proposal

News on White House Budget Proposal

Earlier this week, Donald Trump submitted his detailed budget proposal to Congress. Trump’s ‘Skinny Budget’ from March highlighted the President’s goal of adding nearly $55 billion to the Department of Defense budget at the expense of equal cuts to federal domestic...

WorkforceSuccessStories.com

WorkforceSuccessStories.com

In partnership with state associations across the country and the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Workforce Development Council, CWA is proud to present WorkforceSuccessStories.com This site will serve as the hub for the structured communications campaign that the system...

Federal Update 5-18-17

Federal Update 5-18-17

From the desk of Chris Andresen in Washington DC: The House Ed and Workforce Committee unanimously approved the Perkins-CTE Reauthorization unanimously yesterday. There were very few amendments; two were withdrawn and I have attached the substitute amendment that made...

Level Funding in FY17 for Major Workforce System Programs

Level Funding in FY17 for Major Workforce System Programs

The final FY17 LHHS Appropriations Bill contains level funding from FY16 – FY17. Click here to see the exact numbers: FY17 LHHS Title I (1). The House number prevailed in the end. Apprenticeships also received a $5 million increase to $95 million. Title II at Dept. of...

Workforce Effectiveness – Real System ROI

Workforce Effectiveness – Real System ROI

Economists and the stock market have been celebrating the low unemployment rate indicating the United States has achieved a sustained period of full employment. However, in communities across the country, there are Americans who are either underemployed or stuck in...

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