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Introduced in Senate (04/02/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 824


To establish a Jobs Creation Coordinator in the Department of Commerce to ensure that agencies in the Department use resources in a manner that maximizes the maintenance and creation of jobs in the United States, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 2, 2009

Ms. Snowe (for herself and Mr. Begich) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To establish a Jobs Creation Coordinator in the Department of Commerce to ensure that agencies in the Department use resources in a manner that maximizes the maintenance and creation of jobs in the United States, 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 “Jobs Coordinator for Sustainable American Recovery Act of 2009” or the “Jobs CSAR Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) With global economic conditions at their most challenging in generations, there is an urgent and critical need to preserve and create jobs in the United States.

(2) Given it's statutory mission “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce” of the United States (section 3 of the Act entitled “An Act to establish the Department of Commerce and Labor”, approved February 14, 1903 (15 U.S.C. 1512)), the Department of Commerce has a significant interest in preserving and creating jobs in the United States.

(3) The potential of the Department of Commerce to preserve and create jobs in the United States may be challenged by the disparate focuses of its various constituent agencies, so it is imperative to coordinate at a high level in the hierarchy of the Department efforts among such agencies to maximize job preservation and creation in the United States.

SEC. 3. Jobs Creation Coordinator.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Commerce shall establish a Jobs Creation Coordinator (in this section referred to as the “Coordinator”) who shall report to the Secretary to ensure that agencies in the Department of Commerce use resources in a manner that maximizes the maintenance and creation of jobs in the United States.

(b) Duties.—The duties of the Coordinator include the following:

(1) Assess the number and quality of private sector jobs that result from programs of the Department of Commerce.

(2) Develop a plan to use existing statutory authority for the Department to improve the number of private sector jobs in the United States maintained or created by programs of the Department.

(3) Review periodically the plan developed under paragraph (2) to assess the effectiveness of the plan.

(4) Revise the plan developed under paragraph (2) to incorporate the findings from the periodic review under paragraph (3).

(5) Acting through the Office of the Secretary, coordinate with Congress regarding additional authority for the Department to enhance the ability of the Department to maintain and create private sector jobs in the United States through programs of the Department.

(6) Provide oversight for the implementation of policies or statutory authority of the Department that enhance the ability of the Department to maintain and create private sector jobs in the United States through programs of the Department.