Practice Overview

Workforce Education

Programs such as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) provide federal funding to help States develop the job-readiness skills of youth, adults, and dislocated workers. As a condition of federal funding, States must meet numerous requirements aimed at increasing accountability.

Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC advises State and local governments, workforce boards, community and technical colleges, and one-stop centers nationwide on:

  • Development of roll-out strategies and development of memoranda of understanding among one-stop partner programs; 
  • Development of local plans for submission to State agencies, and State plans for submission to federal agencies;
  • Fiscal and legal developments governing the implementation of required state plans;
  • Multimedia presentations on Perkins, WIA, and the AEFLA;
  • Developing requests for waivers available under the various federal workforce education and development initiatives;
  • Staying informed on major program reauthorizations and other legislative efforts, including developing and implementing plans to keep State and local governments involved in the national conversations on reforming federal workforce programs; and
  • Grants management.

Our attorneys also defend State and local governments, workforce boards, and one-stop centers against adverse audit actions and other enforcement measures brought by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.  Our firm is well-versed in the administrative appeals and litigation process, and our attorneys have long-established relationships with the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Inspector General, and program offices of the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.  Our staff can provide assistance in a variety of ways including responsive measures such as crafting a corrective action plan; defensive measures such as disputing adverse audit or program monitoring findings; and proactive measures such as providing training and helping to craft and refine policies and procedures for administering federal workforce education programs.

The most proactive approach to resolving federal workforce education program compliance problems is to avoid their occurrence. To this end, the firm provides training seminars and workshops on Perkins, WIA, AEFLA and other federal education programs. Our attorneys also provide legislative services to keep State and local educational agencies informed about changes to federal workforce education programs. In light of the current Administration’s new focus on invigorating the workforce, State and local educational agencies cannot afford to be uninvolved in the political process.

Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC has published numerous books and articles on workforce education and other federal education programs.