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authorize a national grant program for on-the-job training.IN
THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 9, 2011
SHAHEEN (for herself and Mr. COCHRAN) introduced the following bill; which was
read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To authorize a national grant
program for on-the-job training.
Be it enacted by
the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
may be cited as the `On-the-Job Training Act of 2011'.
(a) In General- Subtitle D of title I of
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is amended by inserting after section 173A
(29 U.S.C. 2918a) the following:
`SEC. 173B. ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.
`(a) Definition- In this section, the term `federally recognized tribal organization'
means an entity described in section 166(c)(1).
`(b) Grants- From
the amount made available under subsection (h), and subject to subsection (d)--
`(1) the Secretary shall make grants on a discretionary basis to States, local
boards, and federally recognized tribal organizations, for adult on-the-job training,
or dislocated worker on-the-job training, carried out under section 134 and for
State functions described in subsection (f); and
using an amount that is not more than 10 percent of the funds made available under
subsection (h), the Secretary shall make grants to States, local boards, and federally
recognized tribal organizations for developing on-the-job training programs, including
providing capacity building activities for local staff who will be engaged in
the development of the programs, in consultation with the Secretary.
`(c) Application- To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (b), a State,
local board, or federally recognized tribal organization shall submit an application
to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information
as the Secretary may require. In preparing such an application for a grant under
subsection (b)(1), a local board shall consult with the corresponding State.
`(d) Reimbursement of Wage Rates- Notwithstanding the limitation in section 101(31)(B),
in making the grants described in subsection (b)(1) the Secretary may allow for
higher levels of reimbursement of wage rates the Secretary determines are appropriate
based on factors such as--
`(1) employer size, in order to
facilitate the participation of small- and medium-sized employers;
`(2) target populations, in order to enhance job creation for persons with barriers
to employment; and
`(3) the number of employees that
will participate in the on-the-job training, the wage and benefit levels of the
employees (before the training and anticipated on completion of the training),
the relationship of the training to the competitiveness of the employer and employees,
and the existence of other employer-provided training and advancement opportunities.
`(e) Administration by Secretary- The Secretary may use an amount that is not
more than 1 percent of the funds made available under subsection (h) for the administration,
management, and oversight of the programs, activities, and grants, funded under
subsection (b), including the evaluation of, and dissemination of information
on lessons learned through, the use of such funds.
Oversight and Monitoring- A local board that receives a grant under subsection
(b)(1) and is located in a State, shall provide not less than 5 percent of the
grant funds to the State for State functions described in sections 136(f), 184,
`(g) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section shall
be construed to affect the manner in which subtitle B is implemented, for activities
funded through amounts appropriated under section 137.
of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section
such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012 and each subsequent fiscal
(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents in section
1(b) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is amended by inserting after the
item relating to section 173A the following:
`Sec. 173B. On-the-job