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108th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 3030


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                            February 5, 2004

     Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, 
                     Education, Labor, and Pensions

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
 To amend the Community Service Block Grant Act to provide for quality 
                             improvements.

    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 ``Improving the Community Services 
Block Grant Act of 2004''.

SEC. 2. COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT ACT AMENDMENTS.

    (a) Purposes and Goals.--Section 672 of the Community Services 
Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9901 note) is amended to read as follows:

``SEC. 672 PURPOSES AND GOALS.

    ``The purpose of this subtitle is to reduce poverty--
            ``(1) by strengthening and coordinating local efforts to 
        expand opportunities for individuals and families to become 
        economically self-sufficient and to improve and revitalize low-
        income communities in urban and rural areas, by providing 
        resources to States for support of local eligible entities, 
        including community action agencies and other community-based 
        organizations--
                    ``(A) to plan, coordinate, and mobilize a broad 
                range of Federal, State, local, and private assistance 
                or investment in such a manner as to use these 
                resources effectively to reduce poverty and in 
                initiatives that are responsive to specific local needs 
                and conditions;
                    ``(B) to coordinate a range of services that meet 
                the needs of low-income families and individuals, that 
                support strong and healthy families, and that assist 
                them in developing the skills needed to become self 
                sustaining while ensuring that these services are 
                provided effectively and efficiently; and
                    ``(C) to design and implement comprehensive 
                approaches to assist eligible individuals in gaining 
                employment and achieving economic self-sufficiency;
            ``(2) by improving and revitalizing the low-income 
        communities in urban and rural areas by providing resources to 
        States for support of local eligible entities and their 
        partners--
                    ``(A) to broaden the resource base of initiatives 
                and projects directed to the elimination of poverty and 
                the redevelopment of the low-income community, 
                including partnerships with nongovernmental and 
                governmental institutions to develop the community 
                assets and services that reduce poverty, such as--
                            ``(i) other private, religious, charitable, 
                        and community-based organizations;
                            ``(ii) individual citizens, and business, 
                        labor, and professional groups, that are able 
                        to influence the quantity and quality of 
                        opportunities and services for the poor; and
                            ``(iii) local government leadership; and
                    ``(B) to coordinate community-wide resources and 
                services that will have a significant, measurable 
                impact on the causes of poverty in the community and 
                that will help families and individuals to achieve 
                economic self-sufficiency and to test innovative, 
                community-based approaches to attacking the causes and 
                effects of poverty and of community breakdown, 
                including--
                            ``(i) innovative initiatives to prevent and 
                        reverse loss of investment, jobs, public 
                        services, and infrastructure in low- and 
                        moderate-income communities; and
                            ``(ii) innovative partnerships to leverage 
                        the assets and services that reduce poverty, as 
                        provided in subparagraph (A); and
            ``(3) by ensuring maximum participation of residents of 
        low-income communities and of members of the groups served by 
        grants made under this subtitle in guiding the eligible 
        entities and in their programs funded under this subtitle, to 
        ameliorate the particular problems and needs of low-income 
        residents and to develop the permanent social and economic 
        assets of the low-income community in order to reduce the 
        incidence of poverty.''.
    (b) Definitions.--Section 673(1)(A) of the Community Services Block 
Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9902(1)(A)) is amended--
            (1) in clause (i) by striking ``and'' at the end;
            (2) in clause (ii) by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following:
                            ``(iii) that successfully develops and 
                        meets the locally determined goals described in 
                        section 678E(b)(1), as determined by the State, 
                        and meets State goals, standards, and 
                        performance requirements as provided for in 
                        section 678B(a).''.
    (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 674 of the Community 
Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9903) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) by striking ``1999 through 2003'' and inserting 
                ``2004 through 2009''; and
                    (B) by striking ``681'' and inserting ``675C(b)(3), 
                681,'';
            (2) in subsection (b)(2)--
                    (A) by striking ``678F'' and inserting ``678E to 
                assist States, eligible entities, and their partners in 
                projects supported by this subtitle'';
                    (B) in subparagraph (B) by striking ``monitoring 
                (to correct programmatic deficiencies of eligible 
                entities)'' and inserting ``monitoring (including 
                technical assistance and training to correct 
                programmatic deficiencies of eligible entities)''; and
                    (C) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(c) Assistance Relating to Unemployment.--There are authorized to 
be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2004 to 
carry out section 675C(b)(3).''.
    (d) Uses of Funds.--Section 675C of the Community Services Block 
Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9907) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)(3)(A) by striking ``Beginning on 
        October 1, 2000, a'' and inserting ``A''; and
            (2) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1)(F) by striking ``neighborhood-
                based'' and inserting ``community-based''; and
                    (B) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(3) Assistance relating to unemployment.--With the amount 
        appropriated under section 674(c), the Secretary shall make 
        grants to States to provide financial and employment support to 
        individuals who cannot find employment, who have exhausted 
        their State unemployment benefits, and who, after the week of 
        December 20, 2003, can no longer receive Federal extended 
        temporary unemployment compensation. The eligibility criteria 
        and benefit amounts under this paragraph for such individuals 
        shall be the same as for such individuals prior to December 20, 
        2003, under the Federal extended temporary unemployment 
        compensation program.''; and
            (3) in subsection (c)(1) by inserting ``paragraphs (1) and 
        (2) of'' after ``under''.
    (e) Application and Plan.--Section 676 of the Community Services 
Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9908) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) by striking ``Beginning with fiscal year 2000, 
                to'' and inserting ``To'';
                    (B) in paragraph (1)--
                            (i) in subparagraph (B)--
                                    (I) by striking ``youth development 
                                programs that support'' and inserting 
                                ``youth development programs, which may 
                                include mentoring programs, that 
                                support''; and
                                    (II) by striking ``and'' at the 
                                end;
                            (ii) in subparagraph (C) by adding ``and'' 
                        at the end; and
                            (iii) by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(D) initiatives to improve economic conditions 
                and mobilize new resources in rural areas to eliminate 
                obstacles to the self-sufficiency of families and 
                individuals in rural communities;'';
                    (C) in paragraph (2) by striking ``community and 
                neighborhood-based'' and inserting ``community-based'';
                    (D) in paragraph (3)--
                            (i) in the matter preceding subparagraph 
                        (A) by striking ``information provided by 
                        eligible entities in the State, containing'' 
                        and inserting ``an assurance that the State 
                        will provide information, including''; and
                            (ii) in subparagraph (D) by striking 
                        ``community and neighborhood-based'' and 
                        inserting ``community-based'';
                    (E) in paragraph (9) by striking ``and community 
                organizations'' and inserting ``and community-based 
                organizations'';
                    (F) in paragraph (10) by striking ``community 
                organization'' and inserting ``community-based 
                organization'';
                    (G) in paragraph (12) by striking ``and'' at the 
                end;
                    (H) by redesignating paragraph (13) as paragraph 
                (15); and
                    (I) by inserting after paragraph (12) the 
                following:
            ``(13) an assurance that the State will take swift action 
        to improve performance or, when appropriate, to terminate the 
        funding under this subtitle of low-performing eligible entities 
        that do not meet the applicable locally determined goals 
        described in section 678E(b)(1) or do not meet the State goals, 
        standards, and requirements as provided for in section 678B(a);
            ``(14) an assurance that the State will provide a 
        justification to the Secretary if it continues to fund 
        persistently low-performing eligible entities; and'';
            (2) in subsection (c)(2) by striking ``plan, or'' and all 
        that follows through the period at the end, and inserting 
        ``plan, to meet a State requirement, as described in section 
        678C(a), or to meet the locally determined goals as described 
        in section 678E(b)(1).''; and
            (3) by striking subsection (f).
    (f) Training, Technical Assistance, and Other Activities.--Section 
678A(a)(1)(A) of the Community Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 
9913(a)(1)(A)) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``dissemination regarding best 
        practices,'' after ``technical assistance,''; and
            (2) by inserting ``(including to assist in the development 
        of reporting systems and electronic data systems)'' after 
        ``collection activities''.
    (g) Monitoring of Eligible Entities.--Section 678B of the Community 
Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9914) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by 
                inserting ``and the locally determined performance 
                goals described in section 678E(b)(1)'' after ``a 
                State''; and
                    (B) in paragraph (3)--
                            (i) by inserting ``appropriate'' before 
                        ``goals''; and
                            (ii) by striking ``established by the 
                        State''; and
            (2) in the last sentence of subsection (c) by striking 
        ``Chairperson of the Committee on Education'' and all that 
        follows through ``Human Resources of the Senate'' and inserting 
        ``appropriate congressional committees''.
    (h) Corrective Action; Termination and Reduction of Funding.--
Section 678C(a) of the Community Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 
9915(a)) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking 
``established by the State''.
    (i) Accountability and Reporting Requirements.--Section 678E of the 
Community Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9917) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1)(A) by striking ``By October 1, 
                2001, each'' and inserting ``Each''; and
                    (B) in paragraph (2)--
                            (i) in the 1st sentence by inserting 
                        ``including any activities under section 678C'' 
                        before the period at the end;
                            (ii) by striking the 2d sentence;
                            (iii) in the 3d sentence by striking 
                        ``also''; and
                            (iv) in the 3d sentence by inserting 
                        ``information on the timeliness of the 
                        distribution of block grant funds to eligible 
                        entities as provided in section 675C(a),'' 
                        after ``including'';
            (2) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) in paragraph (2) in the matter preceding 
                subparagraph (A) by striking ``beginning after 
                September 30, 1999'';
                    (B) in paragraph (3) by striking ``Committee on 
                Education'' and all that follows through ``Human 
                Resources of the Senate'' and inserting ``appropriate 
                congressional committees'';
                    (C) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(5) Coordination of reporting requirements.--To the 
        maximum extent possible, the Secretary shall coordinate 
        reporting requirements for all programs of the Department of 
        Health and Human Services managed by eligible entities so as to 
        consolidate and reduce the number of reports required about 
        individuals, families, and uses of grant funds.''; and
                    (D) by redesignating such subsection as subsection 
                (c); and
            (3) by inserting after subsection (a) the following:
    ``(b) Local Accountability and Reporting Requirements.--
            ``(1) Locally determined goals.--In order to be designated 
        as an eligible entity and to receive a grant under this 
        subtitle, an eligible entity shall establish locally determined 
        goals for reducing poverty in the community, including goals 
        for--
                    ``(A) leveraging and mobilizing community 
                resources;
                    ``(B) fostering coordination of Federal, State, 
                local, private, and other assistance; and
                    ``(C) promoting community involvement.
            ``(2) Demonstration that goals were met.--In order for an 
        eligible entity to receive a second or subsequent grant made 
        under this subtitle after the effective date of this paragraph, 
        such entity shall demonstrate to the State that it has met the 
        goals described in paragraph (1).''.
    (j) Treatment of Beneficiaries.--Section 679 of the Community 
Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9920) is amended by adding at the 
end the following:
    ``(f) Treatment of Beneficiaries.--In providing assistance under a 
program described in subsection (a), a religious organization shall not 
discriminate against a beneficiary, or a potential beneficiary, of such 

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