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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1261

      To enhance the workforce investment system of the Nation by 
  strengthening one-stop career centers, providing for more effective 
governance arrangements, promoting access to a more comprehensive array 
of employment, training, and related services, establishing a targeted 
 approach to serving youth, and improving performance accountability, 
                        and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 13, 2003

Mr. McKeon (for himself and Mr. Boehner) introduced the following bill; 
   which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

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                                 A BILL


 
      To enhance the workforce investment system of the Nation by 
  strengthening one-stop career centers, providing for more effective 
governance arrangements, promoting access to a more comprehensive array 
of employment, training, and related services, establishing a targeted 
 approach to serving youth, and improving performance accountability, 
                        and for other purposes.

    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 ``Workforce Reinvestment and Adult 
Education Act of 2003''.

SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.
Sec. 3. References.
 TITLE I--AMENDMENTS TO TITLE I OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998

Sec. 101. Definitions.
Sec. 102. Purpose.
Sec. 103. State workforce investment boards.
Sec. 104. State plan.
Sec. 105. Local workforce investment areas.
Sec. 106. Local workforce investment boards.
Sec. 107. Local plan.
Sec. 108. Establishment of one-stop delivery systems.
Sec. 109. Eligible providers of training services.
Sec. 110. Eligible providers of youth activities.
Sec. 111. Youth activities.
Sec. 112. Comprehensive program for adults.
Sec. 113. Personal reemployment accounts.
Sec. 114. Performance accountability system.
Sec. 115. Authorization of appropriations.
Sec. 116. Job Corps.
Sec. 117. Native American programs.
Sec. 118. Youth challenge grants.
Sec. 119. Technical assistance.
Sec. 120. Demonstration, pilot, multiservice, research and multistate 
                            projects.
Sec. 121. Evaluations.
Sec. 122. Authorization of appropriations for national activities.
Sec. 123. Requirements and restrictions.
Sec. 124. Nondiscrimination.
Sec. 125. Administrative provisions.
                       TITLE II--ADULT EDUCATION

Sec. 201. Table of contents.
Sec. 202. Amendment.
            TITLE III--AMENDMENTS TO OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW

Sec. 301. Repeal of Wagner-Peyser provisions.
         TITLE IV--AMENDMENTS TO THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

Sec. 401. Chairperson.
Sec. 402. Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Sec. 403. Director.
Sec. 404. State goals.
Sec. 405. Authorizations of appropriations.
                 TITLE V--TRANSITION AND EFFECTIVE DATE

Sec. 501. Transition provisions.
Sec. 502. Effective date.

SEC. 3. REFERENCES.

    Except as otherwise expressly provided, wherever in this Act an 
amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal 
of, a section or other provision, the amendment or repeal shall be 
considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Workforce 
Investment Act of 1998 (20 U.S.C. 9201 et seq.).

 TITLE I--AMENDMENTS TO TITLE I OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998

SEC. 101. DEFINITIONS.

    Section 101 (29 U.S.C. 2801) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (8)(C), by striking ``not less than 50 
        percent of the cost of training'' and inserting ``a significant 
        portion of the cost of training, as determined by the local 
        board'';
            (2) by striking paragraph (13) and redesignating paragraphs 
        (14) through (23) as paragraphs (13) through (22), 
        respectively;
            (3) by striking paragraph (24) and redesignating paragraphs 
        (25) through (32) as paragraphs (23) through (30), 
        respectively; and
            (4) by striking paragraph (33) and redesignating paragraphs 
        (34) through (53) as paragraphs (31) through (50), 
        respectively.

SEC. 102. PURPOSE.

    Section 106 (29 U.S.C. 2811) is amended to insert the following 
sentence after the period: ``It is also the purpose of this subtitle to 
provide workforce investment activities in a manner that promotes the 
informed choice of participants and actively involves participants in 
decisions affecting their participation in such activities.''.

SEC. 103. STATE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS.

    (a) Membership.--
            (1) In general.--Section 111(b) (29 U.S.C. 2821(b)) is 
        amended--
                    (A) by amending paragraph (1)(C) to read as 
                follows:
                    ``(C) representatives appointed by the Governor, 
                who are--
                            ``(i)(I) the lead State agency officials 
                        with responsibility for the programs and 
                        activities that are described in section 121(b) 
                        and carried out by one-stop partners;
                            ``(II) in any case in which no lead State 
                        agency official has responsibility for such a 
                        program or activity, a representative in the 
                        State with expertise relating to such program 
                        or activity; and
                            ``(III) if not included under subclause 
                        (I), the director of the designated State 
                        entity responsible for carrying out title I of 
                        the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.);
                            ``(ii) the State agency officials 
                        responsible for economic development;
                            ``(iii) representatives of business in the 
                        State who--
                                    ``(I) are owners of businesses, 
                                chief executive officers of businesses, 
                                and other business executives or 
                                employers with optimum policy making or 
                                hiring authority, including members of 
                                local boards described in section 
                                117(b)(2)(A)(i);
                                    ``(II) represent businesses with 
                                employment opportunities that reflect 
                                employment opportunities in the State; 
                                and
                                    ``(III) are appointed from among 
                                individuals nominated by State business 
                                organizations and business trade 
                                associations;
                            ``(iv) chief elected officials 
                        (representing both cities and counties, where 
                        appropriate;
                            ``(v) representatives of labor 
                        organizations, who have been nominated by State 
                        labor federations; and
                            ``(vi) such other representatives and State 
                        agency officials as the Governor may 
                        designate.''; and
                    (B) in paragraph (3), by striking ``paragraph 
                (1)(C)(i)'' and inserting ``paragraph (1)(C)(iii)''.
            (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 111(c) (29 U.S.C 
        2811(c)) is amended by striking ``section (b)(1)(C)(i)'' and 
        inserting ``section (b)(1)(C)(iii)''.
    (b) Functions.--Section 111(d) (29 U.S.C. 2811(d)) is amended--
            (1) by amending paragraph (3) to read as follows:
            ``(3) development and review of statewide policies 
        affecting the integrated provision of services through the one-
        stop delivery system described in section 121, including--
                    ``(A) the development of criteria for, and the 
                issuance of, certifications of one-stop centers;
                    ``(B) the criteria for the allocation of one-stop 
                center infrastructure funding under section 121(g), and 
                oversight of the use of such funds;
                    ``(C) approaches to facilitating equitable and 
                efficient cost allocation in one-stop delivery systems; 
                and
                    ``(D) such other matters that may promote statewide 
                objectives for, and enhance the performance of, one-
                stop delivery systems within the State;'';
            (2) in paragraph (4), by inserting ``and the development of 
        State criteria relating to the appointment and certification of 
        local boards under section 117'' after ``section 116'';
            (3) in paragraph (5), by striking ``sections 128(b)(3)(B) 
        and 133(b)(3)(B)'' and inserting ``sections 128(b)(3) and 
        133(b)(3)'';
            (4) in paragraph (8), by striking ``section 15(e) of the 
        Wagner-Peyser Act'' and inserting ``section 302(e)''; and
            (5) in paragraph (9), by striking ``section 503'' and 
        inserting ``section 136(i)''.
    (c) Elimination of Alternative Entity and Provision of Authority To 
Hire Staff.--Section 111(e) (29 U.S.C. 2811(e)) is amended to read as 
follows:
    ``(e) Authority To Hire Staff.--The State board may hire staff to 
assist in carrying out the functions described in subsection (d).''.

SEC. 104. STATE PLAN.

    (a) Planning Cycle.--Section 112(a) (29 U.S.C. 2822(a)) is amended 
by striking ``5-year strategy'' and inserting ``2-year strategy''.
    (b) Contents.--Section 112(b)(17)(A) (29 U.S.C. 2822(b)(17(A)) is 
amended--
            (1) in clause (iii) by striking ``and'';
            (2) in clause (iv)--
                    (A) by inserting ``homeless individuals,'' after 
                ``public assistance),''; and
                    (B) by striking ``and individuals with 
                disabilities''; and
            (3) by adding the following new clause after clause (iv):
                            ``(v) how the State will serve the 
                        employment and training needs of individuals, 
                        consistent with section 188 and Executive Order 
                        13217 (relating to community-based alternatives 
                        for individuals with disabilities) including 
                        the provision of outreach, intake, assessments, 
                        and service delivery, the development of 
                        performance measures, and the training of 
                        staff; and''.
    (c) Modification to Plan.--Section 112(d) (29 U.S.C. 2822(d)) is 
amended by striking ``5-year period'' and inserting ``2-year period''.

SEC. 105. LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT AREAS.

    (a) Designation of Areas.--
            (1) Considerations.--Section 116(a)(1)(B) (29 U.S.C. 
        2831(a)(1)(B)) is amended by adding at the end the following 
        clause:
                            ``(vi) The extent to which such local areas 
                        will promote efficiency in the administration 
                        and provision of services.''.
            (2) Automatic designation.--Section 116(a)(2) (29 U.S.C. 
        2831(a)(2)) is amended to read as follows:
            ``(2) Automatic designation.--
                    ``(A) In general.--Except as provided in 
                subparagraph (B) of this paragraph and subsection 
                (b)(2), the Governor shall approve a request for 
                designation as a local area from any unit of general 
                local government with a population of 500,000 or more 
                for the 2-year period covered by a State plan under 
                section 112 if such request is made not later than the 
                date of the submission of the State plan.
                    ``(B) Continued designation based on performance.--
                The Governor may deny a request for designation 
                submitted pursuant to subparagraph (A) if such unit of 
                government was designated as a local area for the 
                preceding 2-year period covered by a State plan and the 
                Governor determines that such local area did not 
                perform successfully during such period.''.
            (3) Repeal of appeals.--Section 116(a) is further amended 
        by striking paragraph (5).
    (b) Regional Planning.--Section 116(c)(1) (29 U.S.C. 2831(c)(1)) is 
amended by adding at the end the following: ``The State may require the 
local boards for the designated region to prepare a single regional 
plan that incorporates the elements of the local plan under section 118 
and that is submitted and approved in lieu of separate local plans 
under such section.''.

SEC. 106. LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS.

    (a) Composition.--Section 117(b)(2)(A) (29 U.S.C. 2832(a)) is 
amended--
            (1) in clause (i)(II), by inserting ``, businesses that are 
        in the leading industries in the local area, and large and 
        small businesses in the local area'' after ``local area'';
            (2) by amending clause (ii) to read as follows:
                            ``(ii) superintendents of the local 
                        secondary school systems and the presidents of 
                        community colleges;'';
            (3) in clause (iv), by striking the semicolon and inserting 
        ``and faith-based organizations; and''; and

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