Text: H.R.3264 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/20/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3264

To improve Federal internship programs to facilitate hiring of full-time Federal employees, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 20, 2009

Mr. Connolly of Virginia (for himself and Mr. Bilbray) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


A BILL

To improve Federal internship programs to facilitate hiring of full-time Federal employees, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Federal Internship Improvement Act”.

SEC. 2. Federal Internship Programs.

(a) Internship coordinator.—The head of each Federal agency operating an internship program shall appoint an individual within such agency to serve as an internship coordinator.

(b) Online information.—

(1) AGENCIES.—The head of each Federal agency operating an internship program shall make publicly available on the Internet—

(A) the name and contact information of the internship coordinator for such program; and

(B) information regarding application procedures and deadlines for such internship program.

(2) OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT.—The Office of Personnel Management shall make publicly available on the Internet links to the websites where the information described in paragraph (1) is displayed.

(c) Centralized database.—The Office of Personnel Management shall establish and maintain a centralized electronic database that contains the names, contact information, and relevant skills of individuals who have completed or are nearing completion of an internship program and are currently seeking full-time Federal employment.

(d) Noncompetitive appointment.—

(1) APPOINTMENT.—Under such regulations as the Office of Personnel Management shall prescribe, the head of an agency may make a noncompetitive appointment leading to conversion to term, career, or career-conditional employment of an individual if the individual—

(A) has completed an internship program;

(B) is recommended for such appointment by the agency in which the individual served as an intern; and

(C) satisfies such other requirements and conditions as the Office of Personnel Management may prescribe.

(2) TERM APPOINTMENT CONVERSION.—An intern appointed to term employment under paragraph (1) may subsequently be converted noncompetitively to a career or career-conditional appointment before the term appointment expires.

(3) REGULATIONS.—The Office of Personnel Management shall prescribe such regulations as the Office considers necessary to carry out this subsection.

(e) Report.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The head of each Federal agency operating an internship program shall annually submit to the Office of Personnel Management a report assessing such internship program.

(2) CONTENTS.—Each report required under paragraph (1) for a Federal agency shall include, for the one-year period ending on March 1 of the year in which the report is submitted—

(A) the number of interns that participated in an internship program at such agency;

(B) information regarding the demographic characteristics of interns at such agency, including educational background;

(C) the percentage of individuals who began full-time Federal employment at such agency who were appointed to such employment in accordance with subsection (d);

(D) a description of the steps taken by such agency to increase such percentage, and any barriers encountered;

(E) a description of activities engaged in by such agency to recruit new interns, including locations and methods;

(F) a description of the diversity of work roles offered within internship programs at such agency;

(G) a description of the mentorship portion of such internship programs; and

(H) a summary of exit interviews conducted by such agency upon completion of an internship program by an intern.

(3) SUBMISSION.—Each report required under paragraph (1) shall be submitted to the Office of Personnel Management between March 1 and March 31 of each year. Not later than April 30 of each year, the Office of Personnel Management shall submit to Congress a report summarizing the information submitted to the Office of Personnel Management in accordance with paragraph (1) for such year.

(f) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM.—The term “internship program” means a program established by a Federal agency to provide educational employment experiences to individuals whose service in such agency will not be used to displace any employee.

(2) INTERN.—The term “intern” means an individual serving in an internship program.