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.
unemployed U.S. workers as of February 2013
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
On January 15, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW) sent a letter to members of the House and Senate to share their views on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, or the “omnibus bill.”
After years of fiscal austerity, the FY 2014 omnibus bill stops broad disinvestments in critical federal nondefense discretionary programs, and restores funding for most discretionary programs above FY 2013 post-sequester levels.Funding for most workforce development programs—including the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Wagner-Peyser Employment Services, Department of Labor national programs, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Adult Basic Education (ABE)—is restored above FY 2013 post-sequester levels.
However, funding for almost all workforce development programs in the omnibus bill is below FY 2013 pre-sequester levels. In addition, this bill provides only a temporary reprieve as the caps and cuts established under the Budget Control Act remain in effect through the balance of this decade.
Read the full letter to learn more.
On December 12, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), and the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) sent a joint letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide the largest possible fiscal year (FY) 2014 302(b) allocation to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee allowed by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
The groups also expressed their support for the passage of a Labor-HHS bill, which represents the largest of the nondefense discretionary 302(b) allocations, rather than relying on another continuing resolution to fund the critical activities of these agencies. Read the full letter.
On October 21, as co-chair of NDD United, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce weighed in to thank members of Congress who voted in favor of H.R. 2775, legislation to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling. Yet as costly and harmful as the shutdown was, the even more critical issue of fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels and the need to replace sequestration remains unresolved. On behalf of NDD United, CIAW urged these members to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to end the devastating effects of sequestration and find a comprehensive and balanced alternative to reduce the deficit. Read the full letter.
On October 17, as co-chair of NDD United—an alliance of more than 3,200 national, state and local organizations working to protect investments in core government functions—the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce urged budget conferees to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities, and their funding as a share of our economy has been cut to the lowest level in 50 year. Sequestration will lock in these cuts for the next nine years if Congress fails to act. Read the full letter.