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H.R. 4403 (ih) To establish an Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice. [Introduced in House] ...
Union Calendar No. 352 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4402 [Report No. 106-642] To amend the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 to improve the use of amounts deposited into the H-1B Nonimmigrant Petitioner Account for demonstration programs and projects to provide technical skills training for occupations for which there is a high demand for skilled workers, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 10, 2000 Mr. Goodling introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce May 25, 2000 Additional sponsors: Mr. McKeon, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Ballenger, Mr. Greenwood, Mr. Norwood, and Mr. Smith of Texas May 25, 2000 Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic] [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on May 10, 2000] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 to improve the use of amounts deposited into the H-1B Nonimmigrant Petitioner Account for demonstration programs and projects to provide technical skills training for occupations for which there is a high demand for skilled workers, 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 ``Training and Education for American Workers Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. USE OF H-1B NONIMMIGRANT PETITIONER FEES. Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916 note) is amended to read as follows: ``(c) Demonstration Programs and Projects To Provide Technical Skills Training for Workers; Loan Forgiveness for Mathematics, Science, and Reading Teachers.-- ``(1) Technical skills training for workers.-- ``(A) In general.--The Secretary of Labor shall use 75 percent of the funds made available under section 286(s)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1356(s)(2)) to establish demonstration programs or projects to provide technical skills training for employed and unemployed workers for any skill shortage related to a specialty occupation (as defined in section 214(i)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(i)(1)). ``(B) Grants.--The Secretary of Labor shall award grants to carry out programs or projects described in subparagraph (A) to-- ``(i) local workforce investment boards established under section 117 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2832); ``(ii) regional consortia of local boards described in clause (i); or ``(iii) in conjunction with, and with the active participation of, local boards described in clause (i), consortia (which may be local, regional, or multistate consortia)-- ``(I) a majority of whose members are a business or represent a business; and ``(II) whose membership may include representatives of State and local governments, community-based organizations (as defined in section 101 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2801)), educational institutions, and labor organizations (for a local area, as defined in such section 101, in which employees are represented by labor organizations), nominated by local labor federations, or (for a local area, as so defined, in which no employees are represented by such organizations), other representatives of employees. ``(C) Priority projects.--In awarding grants under subparagraph (B), the Secretary of Labor shall give priority to programs or projects that train employed and unemployed workers in skills that are in shortage in the high technology, information technology, and biotechnology fields, including software and communications services, telecommunications, systems installation and integration, computers and communications hardware, health care technology, biotechnology, and biomedical research, manufacturing, and innovation services. ``(D) Grant application requirements.--An application for a grant under this paragraph shall include-- ``(i) specific goals for each program or project for which funds are sought, including targets for measurable increases in skill gains for those individuals being trained under the program or project; and ``(ii) an agreement that the program or project shall be subject to evaluations by the Secretary of Labor to measure its effectiveness. ``(E) Matching funds.--Each grantee receiving funds under this paragraph shall demonstrate the manner by which the grantee will provide matching resources (in the form of cash, in-kind contributions, or both) equal to at least 25 percent of the total grant amount awarded. ``(F) Target population.--Each grantee receiving funds under this paragraph shall make efforts actively to recruit and train individuals who traditionally are underrepresented in information technology occupations, such as minorities, women, low-wage workers, workers residing in empowerment zones and enterprise communities (as defined in section 1393(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), and individuals with a disability. ``(2) Loan forgiveness for mathematics, science, and reading teachers.-- ``(A) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Labor shall transfer to the Secretary of Education 25 percent of the funds made available to the Secretary of Labor under section 286(s)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1356(s)(2)). ``(B) Use of funds.--The Secretary of Education shall use funds made available under subparagraph (A) to carry out section 3 of the Training and Education for American Workers Act of 2000.''. SEC. 3. LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM FOR MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, AND READING TEACHERS. (a) Program.-- (1) In general.--The Secretary of Education (in this section referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall carry out a program of assuming the obligation to repay, pursuant to subsection (c), a loan made, insured, or guaranteed under part B of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 or part D of such title (excluding loans made under sections 428B and 428C of such Act or comparable loans made under part D of such title) for any new borrower after October 1, 1998, who-- (A) has been employed, for 3 consecutive complete school years, as-- (i) a full-time teacher of mathematics, science, or a related field; or (ii) a full-time teacher responsible for providing reading instruction in any of grades kindergarten through 3d grade; (B) satisfies the requirements of subsection (d); and (C) is not in default on a loan for which the borrower seeks forgiveness. (2) Award basis; priority.-- (A) Award basis.--Subject to subparagraph (B), loan repayment under this section shall be on a first-come, first-serve basis and subject to the availability of appropriations. (B) Priority.--The Secretary shall give priority in providing loan repayment under this section for a fiscal year to student borrowers who received loan repayment under this section for the preceding fiscal year. (3) Regulations.--The Secretary is authorized to prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. (b) Loan Repayment.-- (1) Eligible amount.--The amount the Secretary may repay on behalf of any individual under this section shall not exceed-- (A) the sum of the principal amounts outstanding (not to exceed $3,000) of the individual's qualifying loans at the end of 3 consecutive complete school years of service described in subsection (a)(1)(A); (B) an additional portion of such sum (not to exceed $1,000) at the end of each of the next 2 consecutive complete school years of such service; and (C) a total of not more than $5,000. (2) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the refunding of any repayment of a loan made under part B or D of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. (3) Interest.--If a portion of a loan is repaid by the Secretary under this section for any year, the proportionate amount of interest on such loan which accrues for such year shall be repaid by the Secretary. (c) Repayment to Eligible Lenders.--The Secretary shall pay to each eligible lender or holder for each fiscal year an amount equal to the aggregate amount of loans which are subject to repayment pursuant to this section for such year. (d) Application for Repayment.-- (1) In general.--Each eligible individual desiring loan repayment under this section shall submit a complete and accurate application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. (2) Conditions.-- (A) Years of service.--An eligible individual may apply for loan repayment under this section after completing the required number of years of qualifying employment. (B) Fully qualified teachers in public elementary or secondary schools.--An application for loan repayment under this section shall include such information as is necessary to demonstrate that the applicant-- (i) if teaching in a public elementary, middle, or secondary school (other than as a teacher in a public charter school), has obtained State certification as a teacher (including certification obtained through alternative routes to certification) or passed the State teacher licensing exam and holds a license to teach in such State; and (ii) if teaching in-- (I) a public elementary school, holds a bachelor's degree and demonstrates knowledge and teaching skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and other areas of the elementary school curriculum; or (II) a public middle or secondary school, holds a bachelor's degree and demonstrates a high level of competency in all subject areas in which he or she teaches through-- (aa) a high level of performance on a rigorous State or local academic subject areas test; or (bb) completion of an academic major in each of the subject areas in which he or she provides instruction. (C) Teachers in nonprofit private elementary or secondary schools or charter schools.--In the case of an applicant who is teaching in a nonprofit private elementary or secondary school, or in a charter school, an application for loan repayment under this section shall include such information as is necessary to demonstrate that the applicant has knowledge and teaching skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, as certified by the chief administrative officer of the school. (e) Treatment of Consolidation Loans.--A loan amount for a consolidation loan made under section 428C of the Higher Education Act of 1965, or a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan made under part D of title IV of such Act, may be a qualified loan amount for the purpose of this section only to the extent that such loan amount was used by a borrower who otherwise meets the requirements of this section to repay-- (1) a loan made under section 428 or 428H of such Act; or (2) a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, or a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, made under part D of title IV of such Act. (f) Funds for Program.--The Secretary shall carry out this section with funds made available under section 414(c)(2) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916 note). SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act, and the amendments made by this Act, shall take effect on October 1, 2000.
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