About Policy Committees



What are Policy Committees?

Through committee membership, NASWA members have a seat at the table to effectively influence policy development. NASWA committees help define policies on issues that are critical to state workforce agencies. These groups are active throughout the year and meet regularly in order to collaborate on key issues across the national workforce system.

How NASWA Members Can Join A Policy Committee

It’s easy! State workforce agency administrators should submit an email to naswa@naswa.org nominating an individual from their state for a specific committee. This can be done at any time. NASWA strives to have a representative from each state to participate in every policy committee.

Policy Committees


Administration and Finance

The mission of the Administration and Finance Committee is to

  • refine UI administrative funding reform with the UI Committee as needed;
  • analyze UI Trust Fund financing issues and strategies; and
  • develop a polling mechanism to provide fast and more accurate information on how states are spending and obligating funds and complete the NASWA State Supplemental Funding Survey.

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Communications

The mission of the Communications Committee is to increase and enhance communications between NASWA and member states, bring attention to and advocate for the work being undertaken on important workforce and unemployment insurance activities and policies nationally and in the states, and leverage messaging at the state and national levels.

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Employment & Training

The Employment and Training Committee is a vital asset for NASWA, providing state workforce administrators and senior staff a forum to:

  • share information and solutions with other states on emerging issues related to the major workforce development programs;
  • assist the NASWA Board with development of NASWA's legislative and other priorities; and
  • inform the efforts of Federal policymakers, researchers, and partners.

The most frequently discussed grants are:

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA);
  • Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Services;
  • Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) for UI claimants'; Apprenticeship;
  • WIOA partner programs (Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Basic Education, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP, Child Care, Medicaid);
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance; and
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit, Foreign Labor Certification, and services for veterans and other special populations.

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Equal Opportunity

The Equal Opportunity Committee's mission is to provide a forum for state workforce agency Equal Opportunity Officers to discuss current EO issues, develop recommendations on how the workforce system can best meet regulatory compliance of its programs under federal law and regulations and advise their state administrators as appropriate.

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Technology

To provide strategic guidance to states so that they can improve workforce development outcomes by leveraging information technology. In particular, the Technology Committee will identify technology solutions for the administration of workforce programs, including the reemployment of current and former unemployment insurance claimants. Provide the Bridge across individual efforts and resources (ITSC, WITSC, NLx, Integrity, SIDES) to ensure comprehensive services and support to our members. Acknowledgment of both internal and external partners while providing guidance and technical assistance for collaboration.

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Unemployment Insurance

The mission of the Unemployment Insurance Committee is to provide state input on unemployment insurance policies, performance requirements, administrative funding, and ways to strengthen the state-federal UI system.

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Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee on Interstate Benefits

The mission of the Unemployment Insurance Committee is to provide state input on unemployment insurance policies, performance requirements, administrative funding, and ways to strengthen the state-federal UI system.

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Veterans Affairs

The mission of the Veterans Affairs Committee is to advise State Workforce Administrators on issues related to workforce programs for Veterans, primarily the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) program, Wagner-Peyser Act program and required Priority of Service for Veterans in all U.S. Department of Labor-funded employment and training programs. The Committee provides a forum for state Veteran program leaders to discuss policy and procedure, share promising practices, and hear about pending legislation.

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Workforce & Labor Market Information

The Workforce & Labor Market Information (WLMI) Committee provides a forum for state Labor Market Information directors and other workforce agency staff to:

  • discuss collecting, analyzing, and customizing workforce and labor market information to serve a broad range of programs and customers;
  • share promising practices internally and with other NASWA stakeholders; and
  • advise the NASWA Board of Directors and State Administrators on advocacy and policy matters.

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