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

Alert: Stimulus Update and What it Means to NCDA's Members (12/23/20)

LobbyIt, the D.C. based firm working with NCDA, has highlighted a couple provisions that might be particularly relevant for NCDA. View LobbyIt's comprehensive Summary of the Stimulus Legislation or read the relevant summary below:

PPP2: The new law creates a second PPP loan program for certain businesses. 
-To receive a PPP2 loan, eligible entities must: 

  • Employ not more than 300 employees; 
  • Have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP; and
  • Demonstrate at least a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts in the first, second, or third quarter of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarter. Provides applicable timelines for businesses that were not in operation in Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 of 2019. Applications submitted on or after January 1, 2021 are eligible to utilize the gross receipts from the fourth quarter of 2020.

-Borrowers may receive a loan amount of up to 2.5X the average monthly payroll costs in the one year prior to the loan or the calendar year 2019. No loan can be greater than $2 million.

  • New entities may receive loans of up to 2.5X the sum of their average monthly payroll costs.
  • Entities in industries assigned to NAICS code 72 (Accommodations and Food Services) may receive loans of up to 3.5X average monthly payroll costs.
  • Businesses with multiple locations that are eligible entities under the initial PPP requirements may employ not more than 300 employees per physical location.
  • Waiver of affiliation rules that applied during initial PPP loans apply to a second loan.
  • An eligible entity may only receive one PPP second draw loan. 
  • Fees are waived for both borrowers and lenders to encourage participation. 
  • Non-profit and veterans’ organizations may utilize gross receipts as defined in section 6033 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to calculate their revenue loss standard.

-Borrowers of a PPP2 loan would be eligible for loan forgiveness equal to the sum of their payroll costs, as well as covered mortgage, rent, and utility payments, covered operations expenditures, covered property damage costs, covered supplier costs, and covered worker protection expenditures incurred during the covered period. The 60/40 cost allocation between payroll and nonpayroll costs to receive full forgiveness will continue to apply.

Loans made under PPP before, on, or after the enactment of the law are eligible to utilize the expanded forgivable expenses, detailed below, except those borrowers who have already had their loans forgiven. Newly eligible additional expenses under PPP include:

  • Operations expenditures: 
    Payment for any software, cloud computing, and other human resources and accounting needs.
  • Property damage costs: 
    Costs related to property damage due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that are not covered by insurance.
  • Supplier costs: 
    Expenditures to a supplier pursuant to a contract, purchase order, or order for goods in effect prior to taking out the loan that are essential to the recipient’s operations at the time at which the expenditure was made. Supplier costs of perishable goods can be made before or during the life of the loan.
  • Worker protection. 
    Personal protective equipment and adaptive investments to help a loan recipient comply with federal health and safety guidelines or any equivalent State and local guidance related to COVID-19 during the period between March 1, 2020, and the end of the national emergency declaration. 

Simplified forgiveness: The new law creates a simplified application process for loans under $150,000:

  • A borrower shall receive forgiveness if a borrower signs and submits to the lender a certification that is not more than one page in length, includes a description of the number of employees the borrower was able to retain because of the covered loan, the estimated total amount of the loan spent on payroll costs, and the total loan amount. 
  • The borrower must also attest that the borrower accurately provided the required certification and complied with Paycheck Protection Program loan requirements.
  • The SBA must establish this form within 24 days of enactment and may not require additional materials unless necessary to substantiate revenue loss requirements or satisfy relevant statutory or regulatory requirements.
  • Additionally, borrowers are required to retain relevant records related to employment for four years and other records for three years. The Administrator may review and audit these loans to ensure against fraud.

At the discretion of the borrower, the borrower may complete and submit demographic information for all PPP loans.

Read LobbyIt's comprehensive Summary of the Stimulus Legislation.

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!





  • Expressing support for designating November 2020 National Career Development Month, a congressional proclamation was made by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and was co-sponsored by Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA). View the proclamation:


    Written in conjunction with the NCDA staff, Government Relations Committee, and D.C.-based lobbying firm LobbyIt, the resolution supports the mission of NCDA. Share the good news! Here is the link to the PDF of the Proclamation: Resolution 1239 - November 2020

  • 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.

  • 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 
  • 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