The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.
Mission of NASWA
- PROMOTE the work of state workforce agencies.
- ENGAGE in liaison activities with the U.S. Department of Labor, Congress, employers, workers, the public, and the media.
- FACILITATE information sharing among association members through conferences, webinars, research and other forms of communication.
- INITIATE training and development activities to enhance program performance, efficiency, and innovation.
NASWA accomplished and advanced many initiatives over the past year including:
Active Engagement with Congress
NASWA continued to educate lawmakers on the crucial role state workforce agencies play in administering unemployment insurance programs as well as the Workforce Investment Act.
Key Voice on Veterans Employment Issues
NASWA continued its key role representing our returning veterans by testifying before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, underscoring the resources the state workforce agencies make available to veterans.
Growth of the National Labor Exchange (NLX)
The NLX expanded the services to states. The NLX also partnered with Facebook, DirectEmployers, the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the U.S. Department of Labor to form the Social Jobs Partnership, integrating the power of social media with the resources of state workforce agencies.
Surveys and Reports to Educate and Inform
NASWA's ability to produce timely reports and research was critical in dealing with the many legislative challenges affecting state workforce agencies. NASWA's surveys educated lawmakers on the impact of the elimination of funding for WIA and the two-thirds cut in funds for the Workforce Investment Act state set-aside.
Expansion of the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES)
The majority of states joined the system, increasing the SIDES consortium to 43 states. The SIDES has provided states with a valuable tool in preventing unemployment insurance overpayments and maintaining integrity throughout the system.
Center for Employment Security Education and Research (CESER)
CESER continued working on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Study Grant, as well as playing an integral role in the development of the Healthcare Virtual Career Network, linking job seekers in the health care field with the public workforce system.
Launch of the New NASWA Website
Serving as the workforce systems most comprehensive and timely site for workforce information, the NASWA website was redesigned to add value for members.
To learn more about the value of NASWA membership, please download our most recent annual report.
If you need information on a committee, workgroup, conference or anything else regarding your Association, please contact NASWA's Executive Director Rich Hobbie at (202)434-8022 or email@example.com, or NASWA's Deputy Executive Director, Bob Simoneau at 202-434-8021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three levels of NASWA Membership:
NASWA State Member:
This account is FREE to National Association of State Workforce Agencies, and its members, the 53 state workforce agencies throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. This includes all employees of a state employment/workforce development agency who are NASWA members.
This account is FREE to U.S. Department of Labor employees and staff, and other selected Federal Agency employees and Congressional staff.
Organizations interested in the Workforce Investment System, such as workforce investment boards, local one-stop career centers, economic development organizations, community colleges, employment research organizations, and workforce system trainers, consultants, and vendors. Affiliate accounts are $1,000 per year for up to 10 users.
NASWA Account Benefits
NASWA members, government partners and affiliates have access to:
NASWA's flagship publication covers activities in Congress, the Executive Branch and States related to the workforce system.
NASWA elerts enable you to be automatically notified by e-mail when information is added to the website and as breaking legislative activity occurs.
The NASWA NewsWire is an automatic e-mail that contains links to national and state workforce news.
Search for NASWA members, government partners and affiliates.
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