Our Mission

The Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce

calls for greater and more effective federal investments in our nation’s skills, so more U.S. businesses can find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all U.S. workers can share in and contribute to our country’s economic prosperity.

Quick Fact

12 M

unemployed U.S. workers as of February 2013

92 M

U.S. adults lack basic literacy skills


of U.S. employers report being unable to fill current openings due to skills gaps


increase in Workforce Investment Act Title I participation since 2009


of job openings in 2008-2018 require postsecondary education

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Latest News

CIAW Urges House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee to Support Key Workforce and Education Programs

On July 1, CIAW sent a letter to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee urging sufficient funding to support key workforce and education programs at their authorized levels, as they finalize the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. These vital education and workforce programs play a critical role in the effort to sustain our economic growth and reduce income inequality. Read the full letter here.

CIAW Urges House and Senate Budget Committees to Provide Sufficient Funding for Function 500: Education and Training Programs

On March 16, CIAW sent a letter to the House and Senate Committees on the Budget urging sufficient funding for Function 500: Education and Training programs, such as those authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), the Higher Education and Opportunity Act, and Title V of the Older Americans Act. These laws authorize unique and important programs and services that help people to upgrade their skills, prepare for jobs employers seek to fill, and advance along career pathways. Read the full letter here.

CIAW Urges Senate and House Appropriations Committees to enact final, omnibus spending legislation for FY 2015

On November 11, CIAW sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging enactment of final, omnibus spending legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2015 before the end of the calendar year. CIAW expressed that Congress must pass a true omnibus bill to make the funding adjustments that provide the workforce development system with the resources necessary to compete in the global economy. Read the full letter here.

NDD United urges Congress to complete appropriations for FY 2015

On November 7, NDD United urged Congress to end its inaction and indecisiveness on completing appropriations for FY 2015 so that states and localities, businesses, schools, and individuals and families can receive certainty and stability surrounding what federal resources will be available. NDD United is an alliance of more than 3,200 national, state and local organizations fighting to protect the broad range of non defense discretionary (NDD) programs, activities and services. Read the full letter to learn more.