Government Relations, Advocacy & 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 Government Relations Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to promote the legislative and governmental affairs of NCDA and to advocate for the career development profession. The NCDA GR Committee member takes a proactive role in raising issues and concerns, and promoting initiatives to demonstrate the importance of career counseling and the impact it has on the nation’s existing and future workforce. In addition, the Committee will take the lead on fostering relations and outreach to state Career Development Associations to help them stay current on government relations issues impacting NCDA members.  

State CDA Government Relations Committee/Designee

The State Career Development Association/designated GR chairperson, will work with the national GR committee on national GR issues related to our Career Development profession. Additionally, state CDA’s will work and advocate for their own state issues impacting the delivery of career development services for students and adults.


Legislative Alerts, Updates & News

Alerts: Call to Action! May 2020

NCDA MEMBERS: Tell Your Story!

At a time when our nation is facing unprecedented challenges, the wide range of services that NCDA members provide will be important factors in helping individuals across the age span As individuals and communities recover from and adjust to coronavirus effects, services provided by NCDA members will be in great demand, but at the same time, budget cuts will likely affect those services.

Currently, Congress is considering proposals that would significantly increase annual funding by billions of dollars for a number of programs, including:

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Programs (Adult, Dislocated Worker, State Formula Grants, Youth)
  • Employment Services Grants
  • Apprenticeship Grants
  • Native American Programs
  • Ex-Offender Activities
  • Youth Build
  • JobCorps
  • Career and Technical Education State Grants
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy State Grants
  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education

Telling your story of the clients you serve and the services you provide will likely be the best way of letting potential clients, your community, and elected leaders know of the services you and other NCDA members provide and at the same time make clear the need for legislation and budgets to fund them. It is very important, especially at this time, that you share information about the clients or populations you serve, the services you provide, techniques you use, and successes you have achieved with professional colleagues and your representatives at the state and federal levels.

Contact your member of Congress and let them know how important it is that your efforts are properly resourced as they look to pass legislation to help get millions of unemployed back into the workforce. Use the information on these NCDA Advocacy pages to respond to the call to action!





  • The August 2020 Workforce GPS Newsletter from the U.S. Dept of Labor included the following:
    • Our eleven-minute video provides quick tips for career advisors working with students on career planning or job seekers in an American Job Center (AJC).  Competency models found on the Competency Model Clearinghouse can be used to assist students and job seekers identify occupational knowledge, skills, and abilities; determine individual skill gaps; pinpoint education and training needs; and connect to industry networks. Lauren Fairley, a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Analyst, and Student Career Counselor, walks viewers through a step-by-step process of how to navigate the competency model website, related career planning resources and tools, and highlights related to career planning sites.

  • Current Strategy and Future Opportunities - LobbyIt Report for NCDA Virtual Conference, July 2020.
  • Langevin, Thompson Introduce Bill to Strengthen Career Counseling in Middle and High Schools - bipartisan legislation would provide federal funding for states to develop career counseling frameworks - read the Press Release 
  • The second National Summit, hosted by the Coalition for Career Development, occurred January 8, 2020 in Washington DC. The Summit highlights are available for viewing.
  • 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!

Resources for Legislators