S. 1348: Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2013

S. 1348

Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2013

Sponsor
Sen. Thomas R. Carper

Date
September 30, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 30, 2013, the House will consider S. 1348, the Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2013,under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on July 23, 2013 by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent. 

Bill Summary

S. 1348 reauthorizes the Congressional Award Act through 2018, which is set to expire on September 30, 2013.

Background

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ non-partisan, non-competitive, and voluntary award program open to all 14- to 23-year-olds.[1]  The program was established in 1979 as a public-private partnership to “recognize initiative, achievement, and service in young people.”  Participants set and achieve goals in four program areas (volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration), and receive recognition in these areas for reaching their goals.  Recognition is in the form of certificates or medals (bronze, silver, and gold) based upon guidelines set by the program.  The program is overseen by the Congressional Award Board, a nonprofit organization that does not receive any federally appropriated funds.   

Cost

According to the CBO, the bill would increase direct spending from the U.S. Mint Public Enterprise Fund by less than $500,000 annually, resulting from in-kind services.[1]

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.