H.R.2259 - Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] (Introduced 05/01/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Foreign Affairs; Oversight and Government Reform; Education and the Workforce|
|Latest Action:||10/09/2018 Became Public Law No: 115-256. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2259 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (05/01/2017)
Sam Farr Peace Corps Enhancement Act
This bill increases the monthly pay rate for Peace Corps volunteers.
The Peace Corps shall provide initial medical care to a former volunteer for a service-related condition for 180 days after termination of service, which period may be extended under specified circumstances.
The bill grants the government jurisdiction over, and imposes penalties upon, persons who commit certain crimes outside of the United States against a volunteer.
The Peace Corps Act is amended to authorize the designation of a position as a critical management support position if the position requires specialized technical or professional skills and knowledge of Peace
The President shall ensure that each overseas post has appropriate medical services, including by detailing to such a post the licensed medical staff of other U.S. agencies.
Each volunteer applicant shall be provided with information regarding crime and health risks and volunteer satisfaction with respect to the country in which the applicant has been invited to serve.
The Office of Victim Advocacy in the Peace Corps headquarters is made permanent.
The bill: (1) expands membership of the Sexual Assault Advisory Council, (2) requires at least one council member to have mental health field expertise, and (3) extends the council through October 1, 2023.
The President shall conduct annual volunteer surveys through September 30, 2023 (currently through September 30, 2018).
The Inspector General of the Peace Corps may hire an expert, consultant, or organization without regard to certain daily salary requirements.
The Peace Corps shall periodically report to Congress on volunteer access to health care benefits.