The White House has released a fact sheet, "New Steps to Reduce Unnecessary Occupation Licenses that are Limiting Worker Mobility and Reducing Wages." The report outlines additional steps toward occupational licensing reform:
- The Department of Labor is offering funding to organizations to work with a group of states to develop approaches that enhance portability of licenses across states.
- Legislators in at least 11 states have proposed 15 reforms in line with the White House's best practices to reduce unnecessary and overly broad occupational licensing requirements. Several of the bills deal with reducing licensing barriers for those with a a criminal record.
- Federal departments and agencies have been directed that federally-issued occupational licenses cannot be presumptively denied because of an individual's criminal record.
The White House has also convened a Task Force on New Americans, which seeks to develop strategies to facilitate licensing and credentialing for skilled immigrants.