Government Relations & Public Policy

NCDA established its first legislative agenda during the 2008 annual Global Conference in Washington, DC.  Since then, NCDA has made public policy an important cornerstone of its work, as described in NCDA's Philosophy on Public Policy: Advocating for Career Development. NCDA is represented in Washington, DC by the Government Relations Committee. The Committee’s members represent NCDA’s diverse membership. Its goal is to identify and advocate legislation and policies which support the mission of NCDA and its members. The Government Relations Committee communicates and collaborates with NCDA committees and related professional organizations including the American Counseling Association, the Automation Federation and the State Directors of Career and Technical Education. Communicating with and collaborating with key federal departments, including the Departments of Education, Labor and Veterans Affairs is an important part of the Committee’s work. The Committee encourages NCDA members to become actively involved in communicating with their elected representatives, informing them of the services they provide, and of the support they need to provide those services.

Legislative Alerts, Updates & News

Alerts: Call to Action!


There is widespread agreement on the need to help students and career changers become aware of the wide range of career options and opportunities available to them. We need to communicate with our elected representatives and others that our members and associates are qualified and committed to help with this important process. We simply need their support to provide the policies and budget needed to achieve this important goal. Use the Advocacy resources on the NCDA website to identify contact information and directions for action, or you can use the Congressional phone system (202)224-3121 or the internet: or Be sure to share the results of your contact with us. Read complete details on this Call to Action.




  • The Department of Labor Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion held a meeting on Nov 13, 2017. The Task Force’s mission is to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. This inaugural meeting was attended by a variety of industry sector professionals. Read the DOL Apprenticeship Summary for more details.

  • National Skills Coalition is advocating for states to adopt a set of policies that broadly expand access to middle-skill training, especially for those who have faced barriers to economic opportunity.  These “skills equity” policies are intended to remove barriers that, if addressed, will make it easier for low-income people to access and complete middle-skill training that leads to an in-demand credential and family-supporting job. Read the pdf published Nov 2016.
  • HOUSE PASSES PERKINS REAUTHORIZATION BILLSept. 13  2016 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act, by a vote of 405 to 5. Perkins reauthorization efforts now shift to the Senate. Read more.
    The Congress has passed and the President has signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This is the elementary/secondary legislation, previously referred to as No Child Left Behind, that the NCDA Government Relations Committee and our lobbyist, Luke Wallwork, have worked diligently to see enacted. Since this legislation places the primary responsibility for education on state and local school systems, there will be increased opportunities for state divisions to become actively involved in implementing it, with an emphasis on strengthening career development and counseling programs for all students. The legislation includes references to:

    • college and career guidance and counseling programs;
    • post-secondary education and career awareness and exploration activities;
    • training for counselors to effectively use labor market information in assisting students with post-secondary education and career planning.

    We encourage all NCDA members to become informed and actively involved.  Contact your state and national elected representatives to let them know how you are helping students become aware of and prepare for the wide range of career options and opportunities that maybe of interest to them. For more information, view the NCDA Advocacy webpage or contact Rebecca Dedmond or Charles Lehman, Co-Chairs, NCDA Government Relations Committee or Ray Davis, NCDA Board Liaison.

  • In addition to advocating for ESSA legislation, NCDA leaders are actively involved with Bill Symonds’ Pathways to Progress initiative on increasing career literacy in American education. Mark Danaher, Ray Davis and Niel Carey are working with Bill and representatives from several other business and education organizations to plan a major meeting February 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters to discuss plans for strengthening career literacy and career counseling in American schools.  Organizations that will be involved include the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State school Officers, ACTE, and the State Directors of CTE. 

  • LobbyIt staff continue to arrange and facilitate meetings with Members of Congress.These meetings often result from communications with the Members of Congress by NCDA members or GR committee members. They are very helpful, because they give us the opportunity to explain NCDA’s diverse membership and its mission and services, and to ask for the legislative and funding support needed to continue those services. These meetings are the result of grassroots advocacy at work!
  • List of committee assignments for the 113th Congress
  • Legislative Matrix - House and Senate bill status (as of 7/2013)
  • The Automation Foundation and NCDA are working together to convey the message to students, job seekers, returning Veterans, and those in career transition that pursuing a career in the automation profession can be rewarding, and is essential to the long-term viability of our nation's and the world's advanced manufacturing effort. Click here to read the current AF/NCDA Workforce Position Statement.

Resources for Legislators