H.R. 1088: Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009

H.R. 1088

Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
May 19, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 1088 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) on February 13, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, which held a mark up and reported the bill by voice vote on May 14, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1088 would require the Department of Labor (DOL) to accelerate training for certain department employees who assist veterans. The bill would reduce the amount of time that State employees who are hired as Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists or a Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER) would have to complete training from three years to one year.

Background

According to House Report 111-110, Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs) and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) assist veterans with securing employment though DOL's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).  Last year, the Veterans Affairs Committee held a number of hearings regarding these programs and found that there were a number of problems with the training of DVOPs and LVERs.  According to the Committee, DVOPs and LVERs are required to obtain their training over the course of three years, which means that many are forced to work on assistance programs with veterans before they have completed their training.  H.R. 1088 would require DVOPs and LVERs to complete their training within one year of being hired in order to improve the training services offered to veterans. 

Cost

According to CBO, H.R. 1088 would cost $3 million over the Fiscal Year 2010-2014 period to accelerate the training period for some for current and new employees.