Federal Workforce Policy

Work: Opportunity or Penalty?

Last week, the Trump administration issued an executive order calling for new and strengthened work requirements on the nation’s poverty alleviation programs. The order was viewed as a way to promote economic mobility for recipients and accountability for U.S. taxpayer investments.

Congress Should Make the Future of Work a Priority

Today’s job market is tough enough for the average college-educated American, but for someone without highly valued credentials or the necessary skills, it can be especially difficult to find a family-supporting career. As we look ahead, increases in the use of automation, technological advances, and contract-based work are further altering the workforce landscape, presenting even more challenges for America's workers.

Six Months Later, Fate of Dreamers Still Uncertain

What does today, March 5, mean to you? For many, it will be an ordinary Monday of returning to work or school after a weekend well spent with family and friends. But for more than 700,000 young immigrants benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, today is a reminder of the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, of Congress' failed attempt to enact a legislative solution protecting Dreamers' futures, and of the continued uncertainty that threatens all that they know. 

Beyond Coal: Eastern Kentucky’s Future Economy

Jobs for the Future recently led a group of policymakers on a visit to Eastern Kentucky to see firsthand how that distressed region is focused on regaining economic strength so its livelihood won’t be dependent on a single industry. 

Investments in Education = Investments in Jobs

At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training.

In Support of Apprenticeships

What DACA Taught Us about Supporting Vulnerable Students

By Sarah Hooker, Jobs for the Future and Radha Biswas, International Workforce Development

Ending DACA Hurts Dreamers and Makes No Economic Sense

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program six months from now, throwing hundreds of thousands of young people’s lives into turmoil. Ending DACA will halt the considerable progress that Dreamers—who were brought here as children—have made toward becoming part of the American social and economic fabric.

A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs

A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs

Yesterday the House passed the bipartisan H.R. 2353, “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This bill serves as an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Where Women Help Drive the Trucking Industry

By Deborah Kobes and Sara Lamback