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H.R. 4323 (115th): Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act

H.R. 4323 expands federal grants to unemployed veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan so they can work in important burgeoning science and engineering fields.

Last updated Jan 16, 2018. View all GovTrack summaries.

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Sep 12, 2018.

Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act

(Sec. 3) This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to: (1) encourage veterans to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and computer science, and (2) submit a plan to Congress for enhancing veterans outreach.

The plan shall: (1) report on NSF's outreach activities, (2) identify the best method for leveraging existing authorities and programs to support veterans in STEM careers and studies, and (3) include options for tracking veterans participation in NSF research and education programs.

The National Science Board shall provide in its annual report on the state of science and engineering in the United States data on veterans in science and engineering careers or education programs.

The bill provides for veterans participation and outreach in: (1) the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program to recruit and train mathematics and science teachers, (2) NSF fellowships and masters fellowships for mathematics and science teachers, (3) computer and network security capacity building grants, and (4) traineeship grants leading to a doctorate degree in computer and network security research.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy shall establish an interagency working group to coordinate federal programs and policies for transitioning and training veterans and military spouses for STEM careers.

The interagency working group shall: (1) coordinate federal STEM outreach programs for veterans and military spouses; and (2) develop a strategic plan to prioritize objectives, specify progress metrics, and identify STEM career barriers.