2007 NASWA Annual Report

Sep 01, 2007

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I am pleased to release the third annual report of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). During my presidency of NASWA from September 2006 to September 2007, the Association focused on the following goals:
  • Strengthen the public workforce system, which includes employment and training services, education, and economic development activities;
  • Aggressively pursue funding to support programs and services under the public workforce system and to help the United States compete globally;
  • Develop new service delivery and integrity mechanisms through innovation and technology to enhance program performance and efficiency;
  • Outreach and advocate for the public workforce system. And
  • Create an environment of superior customer service to employers and workers.
Some accomplishments serving these goals during my tenure include:
  • Signing of an alliance agreement with Direct Employers Association (DEA) on March 13, 2007, to create a successor to America‚Äôs Job Bank;
  • Conducting a successful annual conference focused on veterans;
  • Refuting arguments to rescind "unspent" Workforce Investment Act grants to states;
  • Distributing the annual state supplemental funding survey;
  • Signing a memorandum of understanding with the Internal Revenue service to work toward reducing Questionable Employment Tax Practices (QETP);
  • Offering training on leadership, integration of services, and working with business; and
  • Developing an information technology portfolio to help states see what other states use as they consider purchasing new information technologies.
This report provides information NASWA's mission, organization, goals, activities, and accomplishments during the past year. It also provides an appendix describing the workforce system and its performance. For state workforce agency administrators and their employees, this is a document to have as a reference if you want to take full advantage of the benefits of your Association. Please keep it by your desk and consult it when you need help. If you do, you are certain to find out about a committee, workgroup, conference, or project that can help you find solutions to your problems. And, the staff of NASWA stands ready in Washington, DC to assist you if you need further help.