Summary: S.27 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (01/06/1987)

American Conservation Corps Act of 1987 - Establishes the American Conservation Corps. Directs the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture (Secretaries) to promulgate regulations to implement such Corps. Sets forth the scope of projects the Corps may carry out, including conservation of wildlife habitat, energy conservation, urban revitalization, and road maintenance. Limits projects to public or Indian lands unless public benefit can be documented. Specifies that State agencies or Indian tribes may apply for participation in the program. Requires the appropriate State Job Training Coordinating Council to comment on each proposed project. Requires applications to describe program goals, specify the number of enrollees necessary, and the kinds of facilities and equipment necessary.

Authorizes the Secretaries of the Interior, Labor, and Agriculture to jointly develop regulations for joint projects, including funding under this Act and funding under the Job Training Partnership Act.

Authorizes agreements with the Secretary of Defense to assist the military with projects under this Act.

Limits enrollment in the Corps to unemployed U.S. citizens or nationals between the ages of 16 and 25, with special emphasis on the economically, socially, physically, or educationally disadvantaged. Sets forth special rules for programs limited to the summer months.

Requires program directors to establish and enforce standards of conduct. Requires program agencies to provide necessary facilities and services. Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior and of Agriculture to provide such services and facilities, including surplus food and equipment.

Requires enrollees to pay a reasonable portion of the cost of room and board.

States that enrollees are not Federal employees except for workers' compensation purposes.

Permits the use of volunteers for carrying out this Act if a program agency already has the authority to use volunteer services, including the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Sets forth rates of pay and stipends.

Directs the Secretaries and the Chiefs of the program agencies to coordinate activities under this Act with related activities. Requires the Secretaries to provide guidance in securing academic credit or skills certification for program enrollees.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to evaluate the conduct of the program.

Directs such Secretary to study and report to the Congress on Civilian Conservation Corps sites to select a site to commemorate such Corps.

Provides limited funds for academic study by enrollees during nonworking hours.

Requires program agencies to provide job guidance and placement.

Directs the Secretaries to report annually to the Congress on this Act's activities.

Requires the Secretary of Labor to make labor market information available to such Secretaries and the program agencies.

Entitles Federal employees and other employees displaced by enrollees under this Act to appeal or protest as specified.

Authorizes and earmarks appropriations.

Sets forth criteria for grant distribution to program agencies.