The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. (See the full bill.) This Act reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) with several major revisions.
Visit www.ed.gov/aefla for updates, timelines, and resources to guide implementation of the new requirements. The resources will continue to expand in order to inform stakeholders of responsibilities and opportunities to serve adult learners.Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
On April 16, the departments of Education and Labor released five NPRMs, including three ED program-specific NPRMs and one joint ED-DOL NPRM. The comment period closed on June 15, 2015. Links to the NPRMs and public comments can be accessed below:
- Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of WIOA)
– View public comments on docket ED-2015-OCTAE-0003.
- Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions
– View public comments on docket ETA-2015-0002.
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Title IV of WIOA):
- State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program: State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage
– View public comments on docket ED-2015-OSERS-0001.
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Miscellaneous Program Changes
– View public comments on docket ED-2015-OSERS-0002.
- DOL NPRM (Titles I and III of WIOA)
– View public comments on docket ETA-2015-0001.
Workforce Investment Act of 1998
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998
Signed into Law on August 7, 1998, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIAP.L. 105-220) reforms Federal employment, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs to create an integrated, "one-stop" system of workforce investment and education activities for adults and youth. Entities that carry out activities assisted under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act are mandatory partners in this one-stop delivery system.
Title I of WIA authorizes workforce investment programs and activities that are administered by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about the implementation of Title I of WIA.
Read the law (P.L. 105-220) or the conference report (H. Rept. 105-659).
Side-by-side Comparison of Adult Education Act as Amended by the National Literacy Act of 1991 with the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Available in MS Word or PDF Guidance for the Development of a State Plan Under Title IIAdult Education and Literacy of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 in MS Word or in PDF
The Division of Adult Education and Literacy has developed a Guide to help State agency staff prepare State plans for adult education to meet the requirements of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
Final Unified Plan Guidance
On January 14, 2000, the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor published in the Federal Register (Volume 65, Number 10, pp. 2463-2489) final guidance for unified plans submitted under section 501 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The final guidance reflects many of the comments and suggestions that were received about the first draft of the guidance that was published in October 1999. The purpose of the unified plan guidance is to facilitate the development of unified plans by streamlining non-statutory planning requirements for partner programs. The guidance is not a mandatory format for submission of unified plans. The submission date for unified plans is April 7, 2000. The submission date for Adult Education and Perkins III State plans that are not submitted as part of a unified plan continues to be April 1, 2000.
- Implementing the Direct and Equitable Access Provision of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act PDF (191K) History of OVAE's funding to eligible state agencies under AEFLA
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Use of State Unemployment Insurance Wage Records to Report on PerformanceJanuary 18, 2001
- Adult Education State Allotments for Fiscal Year 2000Memo and TableFebruary 3, 2000
- Second Jointly Issued Guidance Regarding the Non-Duplication Provision in the Workforce Investment ActJune 30, 1999
- Responsibilities and Opportunities Created by Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998June 1, 1999
- Guidance for Implementing the Adult Education Family Literacy ActMarch 1999
- Additional Guidance for Development of a State Plan Under Title IIDecember 30, 1998
Title I of the Workforce Investment Act Resources Available to Support Local One-Stop Delivery Systems
A wide range of Federal programs activities are mandatory and optional partners in the new One-Stop delivery system established by WIA. We've prepared a chart that provides program-by-program estimates of the resources that will be available at the local level to support the implementation of the One-Stop delivery system.
Titles I and II of WIA and Perkins III established State performance accountability systems. A number of the "core indicators" used to measure State and local performance are similar or identical for all three programs. This chart summarizes the core indicators established by Congress for these three programs. (Available in MS Word and PDF .)
Request for Public Comments Regarding the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the Workforce Investment Act
In the February 17, 1999 edition of the Federal Register, the Secretary of Education invited written comments and recommendations regarding the implementation of titles I, II, and V of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) Pub.L. 105-220, enacted August 7, 1998), as they pertain to the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Comments received on or before April 5, 1999, are being considered in the development of guidance and any regulations that may be necessary, as well as the overall implementation strategy. Although the comment period has ended, you may read the request for public comment as it appeared.
To submit questions regarding the implementation of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998, please send them to ovae@.ed.gov.
More detailed information on this and other legislation is available at the Library of Congress's Thomas web site, where you may select from several databases that provide full bill text, bill summaries, and bill status by sponsor, keyword, and bill number.