H. R. 846
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 29, 2019
Miss González-Colón of Puerto Rico (for herself, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Radewagen, and Mr. Cisneros) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a vacancy and recruitment database to facilitate the recruitment of certain members of the Armed Forces to satisfy the occupational needs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish and implement a training and certification program for intermediate care technicians in that Department, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2019.
Section 208 of the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act (Public Law 115–46; 38 U.S.C. 701 note) is amended as follows:
In subsection (a)—
in the matter proceeding paragraph (1), by striking
a single database and inserting
and maintain a single searchable database (to be known as the ;
Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs Recruitment Database)
in paragraph (1), by striking
; and and inserting a semicolon;
in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and; and
by adding after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph:
with respect to each vacant position under paragraphs (1) and (2)—
the military occupational specialty or skill that corresponds to the position, as determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense; and
each qualified member of the Armed Forces who may be recruited to fill the position before such qualified member of the Armed Forces has been discharged and released from active duty.
By redesignating subsections (b), (c), and (d) as subsections (f), (g), and (h), respectively.
By inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsections:
Subject to subsection (c), the database established under subsection (a) shall include, with respect to each qualified member of the Armed Forces, the following information:
The name and contact information of the qualified member of the Armed Forces.
The date on which the qualified member of the Armed Forces is expected to be discharged and released from active duty.
Each military occupational specialty currently or previously assigned to the qualified member of the Armed Forces.
Information in the database shall be available to offices, officials, and employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the extent the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines appropriate.
Expedited hiring procedures
The Secretary shall hire qualified members of the Armed Forces who apply for vacant positions listed in the database established under subsection (a) without regard to the provisions of subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code.
The Secretary may authorize a relocation bonus, in an amount determined appropriate by the Secretary and subject to the same limitations as in the case of the authority provided under section 5753 of title 5, to any qualified member of the Armed Forces who has accepted a position listed in the database established under subsection (a).
In subsection (g)(1), as redesignated in paragraph (2), by striking
subsection (b) and inserting
In subsection (h), as redesignated in paragraph (2), by striking
of this Act and inserting
of the Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2019, and annually thereafter.
By adding after subsection (h), as redesignated in paragraph (2), the following new subsection:
Qualified member of the Armed Forces Defined
In this section, the term
qualified member of the Armed Forces means a member of the Armed Forces—
described in section 1142(a) of title 10;
who elects to be listed in the database established under subsection (a); and
who has been determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to have a military occupational speciality that corresponds to a vacant position described in subsection (a).
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a plan to implement, including a timeline, section 208 of the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act (Public Law 115–46; 38 U.S.C. 701 note), as amended by this section.
Intermediate Care Technician Training Program
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall implement a program to train and certify covered veterans to work as intermediate care technicians in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Secretary shall establish centers at medical facilities of the Department selected by the Secretary for the purposes of carrying out the program under subsection (a).
Selection of medical facilities
In selecting a medical facility of the Department under this subsection to serve as a center, the Secretary shall consider—
the experience and success of the facility in training intermediate care technicians; and
the availability of resources of the facility to train intermediate care technicians.
Covered veteran defined
In this section, the term
covered veteran means a veteran whom the Secretary determines served as a basic health care technician while serving in the Armed Forces.
No authorization of appropriations
No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out section 208 of the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act (Public Law 115–46; 38 U.S.C. 701 note), as amended by section 2 of this Act, or to carry out section 3 of this Act. Such sections shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated for such purpose.