Government Relations & 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 is represented in Washington, DC by the Government Relations Committee. The Committee’s members represent NCDA’s diverse membership. Its goal is to identify and advocate legislation and policies which support the mission of NCDA and its members. The Government Relations Committee communicates and collaborates with NCDA committees, including the Veterans Committee and the CDF Advisory Council, and related professional organizations including the American Counseling Association, the Automation Federation and the State Directors of Career and Technical Education. Communicating with and collaborating with key federal departments, including the Departments of Education, Labor and Veterans Affairs is an important part of the Committee’s work. The Committee encourages NCDA members to become actively involved in communicating with their elected representatives, informing them of the services they provide, and of the support they need to provide those services.



Action Alerts:

  • May 2014 - Congressman McNerney (CA) has introduced the Getting into Researching, Learning and Studying of STEM Act of 2014 (H.R. 4515). The bill would establish a program at the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that more female students participate in STEM education and have access to career and academic counseling. I would encourage you to review Congressman McNerney’s rationale for this bill on his website (, and, if you agree, e-mail your Member of Congress and ask for their support of the bill, with a cc to Congressman McNerney.
  • January 2014 - Act Now!
  • October 2013 - Become Informed & Get Involved


  • March 2014
  • December 2013 - U. S. Department of Education connections: Niel Carey, Government Relations Chair, met recently with Dr. Jonathan Brice, Deputy Assistant Secretary for elementary and secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage the inclusion of references to the importance of education and career planning and counseling in U. S. Department of Education policies and statements. Dr. Brice was receptive to the suggestion and encouraged NCDA to identify best practices and programs, especially at the elementary and middle school levels. Guila Todd, ACA, Steve Voytek, Association of State Directors of CTE and Matt Kent, LobbyIt were invited and attended the meeting.
  • September 2013 - Collaboration with Organizations and Advocacy Activities


  • On September 1, 2014, Rebecca Dedmond and Charles Lehman will become  Co-Chairs of the NCDA Government Relations (GR)  Committee.  In addition to being active GR Committee members, they bring extensive professional experience and leadership to this important position.  Rebecca is the Director, MA in School Counseling at George Washington  University, Alexandria Center,  and has served as NCDA Board member and liaison to the CDF Council.  Charles administers workforce development programs in New Mexico, long-time CDA member, Co-Chairs the NCDA Veterans committee, and has served as NCDA Treasurer and Regional Trustee.  Rebecca’s wide range of experience and leadership in education at all levels, and Charles’ leadership and active involvement in workforce development at the local, state and national levels will enable them to serve effectively as Co-Chairs of this important NCDA Committee.


  • CTE Senate Caucus Briefing:  The U. S. Senate Caucus on Career/Technical Education (CTE)is co-chaired by Senators Kaine (VA) and Portman(OH).  Senators Baldwin (WI) and Enzi (WY) are active members of the Caucus.  NCDA was invited to attend a Caucus briefing on June 11, 2014 and Dr. Rebecca Dedmond and Matt Kent attended. In the briefing, Senator Kaine referred to counselors and career planning, and Senator Baldwin commented on the importance of strengthening the career language in the elementary and secondary education legislation.  A meeting has been scheduled with Senator Kaine’s staff to discuss the provisions for career planning and counseling in the Perkins CTE legislation, and with Senator Baldwin’s staff to discuss NCDA’s recommendations for strengthening the career language in the  elementary/secondary education legislation.

  • May 2014 Legislation News
  • February 2014: NCDA joined 400 other national organizations in signing a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to restore the Fiscal Year 2015 allocation to the Labor, HHS, Education and related agencies to the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion. The letter will be very helpful to the Government Relations Committee in our contacts with Members of Congress. It provides a strong rationale for funding education, workforce development and veterans programs which are of critical importance to NCDA members.

    LobbyIt staff continue to arrange and facilitate meetings with Members of Congress, most recently with staff members in Senator Alexander (TN) and Senator Murray’s (WA) offices. 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!

  • List of committee assignments for the 113th Congress
  • Legislative Matrix - House and Senate bill status (as of 7/2013)
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act Status
  • The Automation Foundation and NCDA are working together to convey the message to students, job seekers, returning Veterans, and those in career transition that pursuing a career in the automation profession can be rewarding, and is essential to the long-term viability of our nation's and the world's advanced manufacturing effort. Click here to read the current AF/NCDA Workforce Position Statement.