H.R. 4592 (111th): Energy Jobs for Veterans Act

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Feb 03, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4592

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 2010

(for himself and Mr. Perriello) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

A BILL

To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions.

1.

Short title

This Act may be referred to as the Energy Jobs for Veterans Act.

2.

Pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions

(a)

Establishment of pilot program

To encourage the employment of eligible veterans in energy-related positions, the Secretary of Labor, through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training, shall establish a pilot program to be known as the Veterans Energy-Related Employment Program. Under the pilot program, the Secretary shall award competitive grants to each of 2 States for the establishment and administration of a State program to make payments to energy employers who employ eligible veterans, to be known as a State Energy-Related Employment Program.

(b)

Eligibility for grants

To be eligible for a grant under the pilot program, a State shall submit to the Secretary an application that—

(1)

includes a proposal for a State program that satisfies the requirements in subsection (d); and

(2)

demonstrates that the State has—

(A)

a population of eligible veterans of an appropriate size to carry out the State program;

(B)

a robust and diverse energy industry; and

(C)

the ability to carry out the State program in paragraph (1).

(c)

Selection

Under the pilot program, grants shall be awarded to 2 States that, in the determination of the Secretary, have proposed and have the ability to carry out a State program that, for the greatest number of eligible veterans, will provide marketable energy job skills and employment experience and ensure lasting and sustainable employment in well-paying energy jobs. The Secretary shall base such determination on the proposal and criteria referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b), respectively.

(d)

Requirements for State program

Under a State program:

(1)

Amount of payments

A State shall pay to an energy employer, with respect to each eligible veteran employed in an apprenticeship or provided on-job training referred to in subsection (h)(2)(A) by the energy employer in the State, an amount not to exceed 50 percent of the product of—

(A)

the hourly rate of wages paid to the eligible veteran by the energy employer; and

(B)

the number of hours worked by the eligible veteran.

(2)

Limitations

With respect to each eligible veteran in paragraph (1):

(A)

Aggregate limitation

The aggregate amount paid to an energy employer shall not exceed $20,000.

(B)

Monthly limitation

The amount paid to an energy employer for any month shall not exceed one-twelfth of the amount specified in clause (i).

(C)

Payment period limitation

Payments to an energy employer shall not be made for a period of more than 12 months.

(3)

Payment frequency

Payments to an energy employer shall be made on a quarterly basis.

(4)

Reporting

An energy employer that receives payments shall be required to submit to the State, for each quarter, a report—

(A)

in which the energy employer and eligible veteran certify the wages paid by the energy employer to the eligible veteran for such quarter under the program; and

(B)

containing such other information as the Secretary may specify.

(5)

Outreach

A State shall conduct outreach to inform energy employers and veterans, including veterans in rural areas, of their eligibility or potential eligibility for participation in the State program.

(e)

Grant

Under the pilot program:

(1)

Amount

Grants to a State shall be in such amounts as the Secretary, based on the proposal by the State in subsection (b)(1), determines necessary for the State to—

(A)

make payments under subsection (d)(1) with respect to eligible veterans who first begin work under the State program in fiscal years 2011 through 2015; and

(B)

pay the reasonable costs of administering the State program until the date on which no eligible veteran under subparagraph (A) is working under the State program.

(2)

Frequency

Grants shall be made for such periods as the Secretary determines appropriate.

(f)

Conditions

Under the pilot program, each grant to a State shall be subject to the following conditions:

(1)

Payment

The State shall pay to the Secretary, on such date as shall be determined by the Secretary, any amount received under the grant that is not used for the purposes in subparagraphs (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) of subsection (e).

(2)

Reporting

The State shall submit to the Secretary a report at such time and containing such information as the Secretary shall require, including information on the use of grant funds.

(g)

Reporting

The Secretary shall include as part of the annual report required by section 4107(c) of title 38, United States Code, a detailed description of activities carried out under this section.

(h)

Definitions

For purposes of this section:

(1)

Eligible veteran

The term eligible veteran means an individual entitled to educational assistance under subsection (a) of section 3311 of title 38, United States Code.

(2)

Energy employer

The term energy employer means an employer who—

(A)

employs an eligible veteran in a program of apprenticeship or provides to an eligible veteran other on-job training approved as provided in paragraph (1) or (2), as appropriate, of subsection (a) of section 3687 of title 38, United States Code; and

(B)

employs such eligible veteran in a trade or business in—

(i)

the energy-efficient building, construction, and retrofits industries;

(ii)

the renewable electric power industry, including the wind and solar energy industries;

(iii)

the biofuels industry;

(iv)

the energy efficiency assessment industry that serves the residential, commercial, or industrial sectors;

(v)

the oil and natural gas industry; or

(vi)

the nuclear industry.

(3)

Pilot program

The term pilot program means the Veterans Energy-Related Employment Program established under subsection (a).

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Labor.

(5)

State program

The term State program means a State Energy-Related Employment Program referred to in subsection (a).

(i)

Appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015, for the purpose of carrying out the pilot program.