Text: H.R.2749 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2749


To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain records available to educational institutions where veterans or persons receiving educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary are enrolled, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 19, 2013

Mr. Larsen of Washington (for himself and Mr. Young of Alaska) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain records available to educational institutions where veterans or persons receiving educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary are enrolled, 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 “Veterans Education Transparency Act”.

SEC. 2. Availability of Department of Veterans Affairs records to educational institutions in which veterans or persons receiving educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs are enrolled.

(a) In general.—Subchapter II of chapter 36 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 3699. Availability of records to educational institutions

“The Secretary shall provide to any veteran or person who receives educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary the option of making the veteran’s or person’s relevant records maintained by the Secretary, including information about the amount of educational assistance to which the veteran or person is entitled, available through an Internet website to the educational institution that provides the course of education in which the veteran or person is enrolled. The Secretary shall take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that—

“(1) an educational institution to which such records are made available enters into an agreement with the Secretary under which the institution agrees that such records will only be made available for the purpose of counseling the veteran or person in making decisions related to the veteran’s or person’s education; and

“(2) no unauthorized person is given access to any record made available to an educational institution under this section, including by requiring the use of passwords and other appropriate mechanisms for restricting access to the records by unauthorized persons.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to such subchapter the following new item:


“3699. Availability of records to educational institutions.”.