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108th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4089

 To establish the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Job 
Retention and Creation to gather information about economic development 
      assistance and make the information available to the public.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 31, 2004

   Mr. Camp introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                    Committee on Energy and Commerce

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
 To establish the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Job 
Retention and Creation to gather information about economic development 
      assistance and make the information available to the public.

    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 ``American Job Retention and Creation 
Act of 2004''.

SEC. 2. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR JOB RETENTION AND CREATION.

    (a) Establishment.--
            (1) In general.--There shall be in the Department of 
        Commerce, in addition to the Assistant Secretaries of Commerce 
        provided by law as of the date of enactment of this Act, one 
        additional Assistant Secretary of Commerce, to be known as the 
        Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Job Retention and Creation, 
        who shall--
                    (A) be appointed by the President, by and with the 
                advice and consent of the Senate; and
                    (B) be compensated at the rate of pay provided for 
                under level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 
                5315 of title 5, United States Code.
            (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 5315 of title 5, United 
        States Code, is amended by striking ``Assistant Secretaries of 
        Commerce (11)'' and inserting ``Assistant Secretaries of 
        Commerce (12)''.
            (3) Deadline for appointment.--The appointment of the 
        Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Job Retention and Creation 
        shall be made no later than 1 year after the date of the 
        enactment of this Act.
    (b) Duties.--The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Job Retention 
and Creation shall--
            (1) gather and maintain information about economic 
        development assistance, including the type of assistance 
        available, eligibility requirements, and application 
        procedures;
            (2) make the information publicly available;
            (3) establish and maintain a searchable Internet site 
        providing public access to the information gathered and 
        maintained by the office; and
            (4) perform other such duties as the Secretary of Commerce 
        may prescribe.
    (c) Other Departments and Agencies.--Each Federal department and 
agency responsible for economic development assistance, as identified 
by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Job Retention and Creation, 
shall provide the Secretary with information required to be gathered 
and maintained under subsection (a) with respect to the economic 
development assistance for which it is responsible.
    (d) Economic Development Assistance.--The term ``economic 
development assistance'' means any Federal assistance available for 
economic development within the United States which is identified by 
the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Job Retention and Creation for 
the purposes of this Act.
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