Policy Committees

Administration & Finance

The mission of the Administration and Finance Committee is to: 1. Refine UI Administrative funding reform with the UI Committee as needed. 2. Analyze UI Trust Fund Financing issues and strategies. 3. Develop a polling mechanism to provide fast and more accurate information on how states are spending and obligating funds. 4. Complete the NASWA State Supplemental Funding Survey.

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.

Employment & Training

The NASWA Employment and Training (E&T) Committee provides state workforce agency administrators and staff a forum to share information and solutions on emerging issues related to the major workforce development programs, to provide advice on and assist with development of NASWA’s legislative and other priorities, and to provide advice to and receive updates from Federal policymakers, researchers, and partners. The most frequently discussed programs are: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Services program, Reemployment Services and

Equal Opportunity

The Equal Opportunity (EO) 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. The committee also serves as a critical line of communication between state equal opportunity staff and the US Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC).

Technology

The Technology Committee’s mission is to provide strategic guidance to states to improve workforce development outcomes by leveraging information technology.

Unemployment Insurance

The mission of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Committee is to provide state input on unemployment insurance policies, performance requirements, administrative financing, and ways to strengthen the state-federal UI system. The Committee strives for state consensus on issues and communicates policy proposals and concerns to the NASWA Board of Directors and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee on Interstate Benefits

NASWA's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Subcommittee work is vitally important to the UI Committee and to the NASWA leadership. The Interstate Benefits (IB) Subcommittee is the overseeing body for state UI agreements, interstate benefits processes/procedures, states' voice for the federal UI programs, and states' voice for the combined wage claim program. The mission of the IB system is to provide methods for the exchange of information among states and Canada to support Unemployment Compensation initial claims, benefit determinations, and workforce security objectives.

Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Committee has the following goals for the 2020 Association year: Continue support of the annual Veterans Conference, now entering its seventh year. Advise state administrators on issues related to workforce programs for Veterans, primarily the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG), and respond to NASWA board direction on issues related to Veteran programming and service delivery. Conduct research on emerging issues, draft white papers and prepare policy recommendations for the Board’s consideration. Provide a forum for the exchange of critical information for state leaders

Workforce & Labor Market Information

The NASWA 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 entities, advise the NASWA Board of Directors and State Administrators on advocacy and policy matters. The WLMI Committee's 2019 goals are to: Help ensure NASWA remains a valued national voice on WLMI-related budget and policy priorities