CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 3092, the E. Clay Shaw Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on September 12, 2013 by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The committee reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement, reflected in the current version, on September 13, 2013.
H.R. 3092 reauthorizes the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, which funds programs run by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The legislation authorizes $40 million for each of the next five fiscal years (FY 2014-2018), with up to $32 million to be used to carry out NCMEC’s responsibilities, similar to current authorization and appropriated levels. The bill eliminates the authorization of “such sums” in current law in order to comply with House protocols.
The bill instructs NCMEC to assist law enforcement’s efforts to coordinate with states, school districts, and schools to recover missing children and coordinate with state welfare agencies in locating children missing from foster care. It also directs NCMEC to support law enforcement’s efforts to identify and recover child victims of sex trafficking. Further, it requires national incidence studies on missing and exploited children (conducted by OJJDP) to be provided every three years. Finally, the bill limits the use of federal funds for employee compensation and strengthens oversight by requiring audits of grantees funded under the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, prohibiting lobbying, and capping the cost of conferences to $20,000 (except under special circumstances).
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1984, in conjunction with the enactment of the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, to carry out the duties outlined by the Act in partnership with OJJDP. NCMEC serves as an information center for law enforcement and the general public to raise public awareness about child abduction, child exploitation, and child pornography. The Center aids law enforcement and communities throughout the U.S. to locate missing children and to assist victims of physical and sexual exploitation. The Missing Children’s Assistance Act also directs the Department of Justice to establish a toll-free number to report missing children, which is administered by NCMEC. Since its founding in 1984, NCMEC, in partnership with local law enforcement, has helped recover more than 188,389 children across the United States.
No CBO report is currently available, although it is estimated that this legislation would have no impact on direct spending.
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