–First Ever Federal Funding Available for Occupational Licensing Reform. Licensing requirements often vary dramatically across State lines, meaning that licensed individuals seeking to move to another State often face procedural hurdles, paperwork, and fees, including sometimes the need to complete additional training.
–State Progress on Occupational Licensing Reform following White House call to action. In July 2015, the White House put out a call to action and set of best practices for state policymakers to enact reforms to reduce the prevalence of unnecessary and overly broad occupational licenses that are hurting workers and consumers. Since the release of the White House report and recommendations last year, legislators in at least 11 states have proposed 15 reforms in line with these recommendations, and four state bills have passed so far.
–Federal Action to Reduce Licensing Barriers for People with Criminal Records. In April 2016, the President also directed federal departments and agencies to ensure that federally-issued occupational licenses are not presumptively denied on the basis of a criminal record.
The White House
June 17, 2016