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H.R. 2285 (108th): Servicemembers Overseas Outreach Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 2, 2003 (Introduced).


HR 2285 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2285

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Labor to provide staffing at military installations overseas to carry out employment counseling under the Transition Assistance Program for persons separating from active duty in the Armed Forces.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 2, 2003

Mr. SIMPSON (for himself, Mr. BEAUPREZ, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. EVANS, Mr. BROWN of South Carolina, Mr. MICHAUD, and Mr. BUYER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Labor to provide staffing at military installations overseas to carry out employment counseling under the Transition Assistance Program for persons separating from active duty in the Armed Forces.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Servicemembers Overseas Outreach Act’.

SEC. 2. OUTSTATIONING OF TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PERSONNEL.

    (a) IN GENERAL- (1) Chapter 41 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

‘Sec. 4113. Outstationing of Transition Assistance Program personnel

    ‘(a) IN GENERAL- (1) The Secretary shall station employees of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, or contractors under subsection (b), at veterans assistance offices described in paragraph (2) to provide, in person, counseling, assistance in identifying employment and training opportunities, help in obtaining such employment and training, and other related information and services to members of the Armed Forces who are being separated from active duty, and the spouses of such members, under the Transition Assistance Program and Disabled Transition Assistance Program established in section 1144 of title 10.

    ‘(2) Veterans assistance offices referred to in paragraph (1) are those offices that are established on military installations pursuant to section 7723(a) of this title.

    ‘(b) AUTHORITY TO CONTRACT WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES- The Secretary, consistent with such section 1144, may enter into contracts with public or private entities to provide, in person, some or all of the counseling, assistance, information and services under the Transition Assistance Program required under subsection (a).’.

    (2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

      ‘4113. Outstationing of Transition Assistance Program personnel.’.

    (b) DEADLINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION- Not later than the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall carry out section 4113 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), and shall have employees of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, or contractors, to carry out that section at the military installations involved by such date.