Service Members Occupational Conversion and Training- Service Members Occupational Conversion and Training Act of 1992
Directs the Secretary to carry out a program to assist eligible persons in obtaining employment through participation in programs of significant training for employment in stable and permanent positions.
Requires the program to be carried out through payments to employers who employ and train eligible persons in such positions, to defray the costs of necessary training.
Allows the implementing official to enter into contracts or agreements with State approving agencies (SAAs) and other State agencies to carry out duties under the program.
Requires each SAA or State agency to monthly certify to the implementing official charges submitted for expenses under the program.
Makes eligible for assistance under such program a veteran who was discharged on or after August 2, 1990, and either served on active duty for more than 90 days or was discharged because of a service-connected disability and who:
(1) is unemployed at the time of application, and has been so unemployed for at least 8 of the preceding 15 weeks;
(2) has an occupational specialty not readily transferable to the civilian workforce; or
(3) served on active duty and is entitled to compensation for a disability rated at 30 percent or more.
Outlines application requirements.
Limits to no less than six or more than 18 months the maximum period of training for which assistance may be provided to an eligible person under such program.
Requires an employer job training program, in order to be approved under this assistance program, to be provided so as to permit training in a field of employment providing a reasonable probability of stable and permanent employment.
Makes ineligible as appropriate job training programs for employment:
(1) consisting of seasonal, temporary, or intermittent jobs;
(2) under which commissions are the primary source of income;
(3) which involve political or religious activities;
(4) with any Federal department, agency, instrumentality, or branch; or
(5) outside of a State. Requires the employer to make certain certifications with its application, including that any employment after such job training will not result in the displacement of currently employed workers or will result in the failure to rehire previously laid-off workers.
Authorizes the Secretary to withhold approval of an employer's proposed job training program pending the outcome of an investigation of program compliance.
States that current veterans' apprenticeship of other on-job training programs shall be considered to meet all necessary requirements under this program.
Directs the implementing official to make payments to employers for covered job training expenses under the program.
Prohibits any amount paid from exceeding:
(1) $12,000 for an eligible person with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more; or
(2) $10,000 for any other eligible person.
Directs the implementing official to also reimburse an employer for the cost of tools and other work-related materials necessary for a person's participation in a job training program in an amount up to $500 if the employer makes appropriate certification as to such amount.
Requires the reimbursement of an overpayments made to an employer under the job training program.
Prohibits any payments under the job training program until certification to the implementing official:
(1) by the eligible person verifying full-time employment in the job training program; and
(2) by the employer verifying the person's employment and satisfactory performance, as well as the number of hours worked during such period.
Directs the implementing official to withhold or deny approval of an eligible person's entry into an approved job training program if funds are not available.
Requires an approved person to enter into a program within 180 days after receiving a certificate for participation in the program.
Allows an employer to begin the employment of a person in a job training two weeks after notifying the implementing official of its intention to do so, unless the employer receives notice from the official that approval may be withheld or denied due to lack of funds.
Authorizes an employer to enter into an agreement with an educational institution approved for the provision of courses to veterans under the Montgomery GI Bill educational assistance program under which the institution provides the program of job training.
Requires an employer making such an agreement to notify the implementing official of such intention in its application.
Allows an implementing official, at any time that a previously-approved job training program fails to meet any of the requirements established under this subtitle, to immediately disapprove further participation by eligible persons in that program.
Requires the official to notify both the employer and the eligible persons of such determination, and to allow an opportunity for a hearing with respect to such disapproval.
Allows such an implementing official to also disapprove further participation in an approved job training program when the official determines that the rate of successful completion of the job training program is disproportionately low because of deficiencies in the quality of the program.
Requires the same notification and opportunity for hearing in such instance.
Provides for the inspection of employer records and accounts with respect to job training programs under this subtitle for purposes of determining compliance with applicable requirements.
Allows the implementing official to monitor employers and eligible persons participating in the programs, and to conduct appropriate investigations to determine compliance.
Authorizes the Secretary and the Secretary of Labor to enter into an agreement for the administration of such monitoring and investigative functions.
Prohibits assistance from being paid to an employer under the above job training program when such employer is already receiving assistance under a veterans' education program or any other assistance on account of the training or employment of an eligible person, including assistance under the JTPA, or for an employer receiving employment credits under the Internal Revenue Code for the employment of new employees.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take all feasible steps to notify and encourage eligible veterans of the opportunity to pursue a job training program provided under this subtitle.
Requires the implementing official, upon request, to provide employment counseling services to persons eligible under this subtitle.
Requires, as part of such counseling services, that:
(1) the eligible person is provided a case manager who conducts an in-person interview with such person within 60 days after entering into a job training program; and
(2) periodic (at least monthly) contact is maintained with each eligible person in order to facilitate such person's successful completion of the program.
Waives the assignment of a case manager under specified circumstances.
Directs the implementing official to provide a program of counseling and other services designed to resolve difficulties encountered by eligible persons during their training under this subtitle.
Directs the Secretaries of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Labor to jointly provide for an outreach and public information program to inform:
(1) eligible persons about the employment and job opportunities available under this subtitle and other Federal provisions; and
(2) private industry and business concerns (including small business), public agencies and organizations, educational institutions, trade associations, and labor unions about the job training opportunities available under this subtitle's programs.
Directs the Secretary to encourage potential employers to make programs of job training available for eligible persons under the program.
Directs the Secretaries to coordinate the outreach and public information program with job counseling, placement, job development, and other services provided under Federal law and with similar services offered by public agencies and organizations.
Directs the Secretary of Labor to make maximum use of the services of directors and assistant directors of veterans' employment and training, disabled veterans' outreach program specialists, and local employment office employees in carrying out his responsibilities under this subtitle.
Directs the implementing official to request from the SBA Administrator a list of small business concerns and regularly update such list in order to identify and promote possible training and employment opportunities for eligible persons.
Directs all of the Secretaries to assist eligible persons and employers in making applications and completing required certifications.
Directs the Secretary of Labor, on at least a quarterly basis, to collect from the heads of State employment services and State veterans' employment and training directors information on the number of persons receiving counseling services, referred to participating employers, participating in the program, and completing or failing to successfully complete the program (with reasons for the noncompletion).
Provides funding for the job training program from FY 1993 defense reinvestment program funds.
Provides for the immediate reobligation of funds obligated for the program and later deobligated due to failure to complete the program.
Prohibits assistance from being paid to an employer under this subtitle:
(1) on behalf of an eligible person who initially applies for such program after September 30, 1995; or
(2) for any such program which begins after March 31, 1996.