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H.R. 12987 (94th): Emergency Job Programs Stop-Gap Extension

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9/13/1976--Conference report filed in House. (Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 94-1514) Emergency Jobs Programs Extension Act - Authorizes appropriations through fiscal year 1977 as may be necessary to carry out title VI (Emergency Job Programs) of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973. Requires that not less than 85 percent of the funds used under such Act for public service employment shall be expended for wages and employment benefits to persons employed in public service jobs. Permits funds authorized under such Act for public service employment to be used under title VI. Requires prime sponsors, under such Act, to utilize such portion of the allocation which it receives for emergency jobs programs for fiscal year 1977 to sustain through such fiscal year public service jobholders supported in fiscal year 1976. Permits the use of funds left over after meeting such requirement to be used to employ, in public service jobs, persons unemployed for specific periods. States that in providing public service jobs and determining hours of work for eligible persons, under this Act, each prime sponsor shall take into account the household support obligations of the men and women applying for such jobs. Provides that in order for a project application to be approved by the prime sponsor for financial assistance, under this Act, such application shall have been submitted to the prime sponsor's planning council. Prohibits the Secretary of Labor from applying any quota or numerical restriction on the number of rehired public service employees that may be employed in those jobs to which the new eligibility requiremnts do not apply. Provides, under title II (Public Service Employment Programs) of such Act, for payments to State and local governments of amounts computed in relation to the public service employees public service wages. Requires such State and local governments to repay employers, in relation to such payments, for their contributions to applicable unemployment funds in regard to public service jobs and wages. Requires reservation of two percent of the funds under title VI of such Act to enable Indian tribes, bands, and groups, who are elibible applicants, to carry out public service employment programs. Authorizes the Secretary to undertake projects to demonstrate the feasibility of providing relocation assistance to unemployed workers residing in areas of substantial unemployment who would otherwise be eligible for public service employment. Authorizes Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) employees to work on weatherization projects on homes of the near poor. Defines "project applicants," for purposes of such Act, to include State and local governments, special purpose political subdivisions, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, nonprofit groups, and organizations serving Indians and native Hawaiians. Establishes the National Commission on Employment and Unemployment Statistics, which shall identify the needs of the Nation for labor force statistics and assess the ability of current statistical procedures to measure employment and trends therein, and conduct or provide for such studies, hearings, and research as it deems necessary to make recommendations. Requires the Commission to report thereon to the President and the Congress in 18 months. Authorizes necessary appropriations for the Commission and terminates it after submission of its final report. Requires the Secretary 30 days prior to the distribution of discretionary funds under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act to publish in the Federal Register the specific distribuiton formula if such distribution is made by a formula, the rationale for such formula, and the proposed distribution to each prime sponsor. Directs the National Commission on Manpower Policy to conduct a study of the net employment effects of the public service employment programs authorized by Title II and Title VI of such Act.