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Career and Workforce Policy Committee (CWPC)

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Mission Statement

The Career and Workforce Policy Committee's mission is to advance the career-related policy interests of electrical, electronics and computer engineers and related information technology professionals, with a specific focus on the career-related needs of IEEE’s U.S. members and the overall health of the U.S. engineering workforce. The scope of activities includes both public and private sector policymaking that directly affects the education, credentialing, employment, compensation, training, and retirement security of IEEE members and other scientific, engineering and technical professionals. The committee will also monitor facts, events, conditions and parameters relating to the state of the engineering workforce in the United States.

Priority Issues
  • Innovation and Competitiveness
  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Engineering Workforce Development
  • Health Care and Retirement Income Security
  • High Skills Immigration Reform
  • Visa Processing Issues Affecting Students and Scholars
  • Workforce Globalization (Offshoring)

Policy Statements

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Benefits Publications

The Committee has prepared the following publications as part of the IEEE-USA Professional Guideline Series for use by IEEE members and other interested individuals:

Ten Tax-Favored Ways to Save for Retirement helps IEEE members prepare for a more financially secure retirement by comparing seven employer-sponsored and three individual retirement savings plans. Also covered are important new features of workplace plans and IRAs established in the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001. (July 2001) (386Kb PDF)


Resource Links

  • The American Academy of Actuaries represents the interests of the actuarial profession in the United States and assists in the formulation of benefits policy by providing objective information and analyses.
  • The American Savings Education Council — a coalition of public and private sector organizations — undertakes initiatives to increase public awareness of the importance of planning and saving to achieve personal financial independence.
  • Benefits Link is a free nationwide Internet link to information for employees, product and service providers and employers on employer-sponsored benefits programs.
  • The Coalition for Retirement Security is a grassroots organization representing active and retired plan participants dedicated to correcting inequities and educating the public about the importance of the nation’s employer-sponsored pension system.
  • The Employee Benefits Research Institute is a Washington-based, policy research organization dedicated exclusively to data dissemination and public education on economic security and employee benefits issues.
  • The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is the government agency that administers federally insured retirement income protection programs for participants in private sector defined benefit pension plans.
  • The Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor enforces laws that require company and union pension plans to invest employer and employee contributions wisely and in the best interest of plan participants.
  • The Pension Rights Center is a non-profit public interest organization that provides public information on pensions issues and works to promote and protect the pension rights of workers, retirees and their families.
  • The Savings Coalition of America advocates improvements in tax incentives for personal savings, including expanded individual retirement accounts, on behalf of more than 75 private sector organizations representing diverse, financial services, home-builders, realty and consumer groups.
  • Third Millennium is a national organization launched by young adults to offer solutions to long term problems facing the United States, including sustainable reform of Social Security and Medicare.

How To Participate

The Career and Workforce Policy Committee invites IEEE U.S. members who have an interest in career, retirement savings, education and related issues who are willing to be active contributors to the committee's activities to join the committee as a non-voting Corresponding Member. As a Corresponding Member, you will be invited to recommend committee activities, comment on draft position statements, and otherwise participate in the business of the committee.

To be considered as a Corresponding Member, please submit the following application:

Please provide a brief (no more than 250 word) description of your interest and expertise in this area.

Key Contacts

Staff Contact: Russ T. Harrison

  Last update:11 May 2015
Staff Contact: Russ Harrison


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