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112th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2d Session 112-585
VETERAN SKILLS TO JOBS ACT
July 9, 2012.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. Issa, from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,
submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 4155]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to whom
was referred the bill (H.R. 4155) to direct the head of each
Federal department and agency to treat relevant military
training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification
requirements for Federal licenses, having considered the same,
report favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that
the bill as amended do pass.
Committee Statement and Views.................................... 2
Explanation of Amendments........................................ 3
Committee Consideration.......................................... 3
Rollcall Votes................................................... 3
Application of Law to the Legislative Branch..................... 3
Statement of Oversight Findings and Recommendations of the
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............ 4
Federal Advisory Committee Act................................... 4
Unfunded Mandate Statement....................................... 4
Committee Estimate............................................... 4
Budget Authority and Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate... 4
The amendment is as follows:
Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Veteran Skills to Jobs Act''.
SEC. 2. CONSIDERATION OF RELEVANT MILITARY TRAINING FOR ISSUANCE OF A
(a) In General.--The head of each Federal licensing authority shall
consider and may accept, in the case of any individual applying for a
license, any relevant training received by such individual while
serving as a member of the armed forces, for the purpose of satisfying
the requirements for such license.
(b) Definitions.--For purposes of this Act--
(1) the term ``license'' means a license, certification, or
other grant of permission to engage in a particular activity;
(2) the term ``Federal licensing authority'' means a
department, agency, or other entity of the Government having
authority to issue a license;
(3) the term ``armed forces'' has the meaning given such term
by section 2101(2) of title 5, United States Code; and
(4) the term ``Government'' means the Government of the
SEC. 3. REGULATIONS.
The head of each Federal licensing authority shall--
(1) with respect to any license a licensing authority grants
or is empowered to grant as of the date of enactment of this
Act, prescribe any regulations necessary to carry out this Act
not later than 180 days after such date; and
(2) with respect to any license of a licensing authority not
constituted or not empowered to grant the license as of the
date of enactment of this Act, prescribe any regulations
necessary to carry out this Act not later than 180 days after
the date on which the agency is so constituted or empowered, as
the case may be.
Committee Statement and Views
PURPOSE AND SUMMARY
H.R. 4155 ensures that any relevant military training of a
veteran is taken into account when he applies for a Federal
BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
After 40 months with the unemployment rate above 8 percent,
we must do more to create jobs. Veterans who have served in the
military since September 11, 2001, face an unemployment rate of
12.7 percent.\1\ With one million men and women projected to
leave the armed forces over the next five years, this problem
becomes more urgent if not addressed. We must better support
our veterans as they transition to the civilian workforce. H.R.
4155 will help our veterans return to work more quickly by
ensuring that training they received while a member of the
Armed Forces is considered when they apply for a Federal
\1\Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News
Release, Employment status of the civilian population 18 years and over
by veteran status, period of service, and sex, not seasonally adjusted,
June 2012, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t05.htm.
While most occupational licenses are issued by the States,
the Federal government does grant a number of licenses, most
notably in the aerospace, communications, and maritime sectors.
Aviation and maritime skills acquired through military
training, for example, are readily translatable to many jobs
for which employers may require or prefer holders of a
federally issued license.
In April 2012, the Defense Business Board issued a report
recommending Federal agencies review military training as a
qualification for their respective program requirements.\2\
H.R. 4155 is in line with this recommendation.
\2\Defense Business Board, Task Group, Employing Our Veterans:
Expediting Transition Through Concurrent Credentialing, April 19, 2012,
The bill does not infringe on the jurisdiction of the
licensing agency. Instead, it leaves the agency free to
determine when military training is sufficient to meet license
H.R. 4155 will reduce the licensing burden for qualified
veterans, and help civilian employers take better advantage of
the talent and unique skills and experience of our returning
Section 1. Short title
Section 1 establishes the short title of the bill as the
``Veteran Skills to Jobs Act.''
Section 2. Consideration of relevant military training for issuance of
a federal license
Section 2 requires Federal agencies to consider relevant
military training when granting a Federal license or
Section 3. Regulations
Section 3 requires each Federal agency with licensure
authority to prescribe implementing regulations within six
months after the date of enactment.
Explanation of Amendments
Mr. Issa offered a substitute amendment making technical
corrections to the bill. The amendment was agreed to by voice
On June 27, 2012, the Committee met in open session and
ordered reported favorably the bill, H.R. 4155, as amended, by
voice vote, a quorum being present.
No recorded votes were taken during the consideration of
Application of Law to the Legislative Branch
Section 102(b)(3) of Public Law 104-1 requires a
description of the application of this bill to the legislative
branch where the bill relates to the terms and conditions of
employment or access to public services and accommodations.
This bill ensures that any relevant military training of a
veteran is taken into account when he applies for a Federal
occupational license. Legislative branch employees and their
families, to the extent that they are otherwise eligible for
the benefits provided by this legislation, have equal access to
Statement of Oversight Findings and Recommendations of the Committee
In compliance with clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII and clause
2(b)(1) of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives,
the Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are
reflected in the descriptive portions of this report.
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives
In accordance with clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules
of the House of Representatives, the Committee's performance
goals and objectives are reflected in the descriptive portions
of this report.
Federal Advisory Committee Act
The Committee finds that the legislation does not establish
or authorize the establishment of an advisory committee within
the definition of 5 U.S.C. App., Section 5(b).
Unfunded Mandate Statement
Section 423 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment
Control Act (as amended by Section 101(a)(2) of the Unfunded
Mandates Reform Act, P.L. 104-4) requires a statement as to
whether the provisions of the reported bill include unfunded
mandates. In compliance with this requirement the Committee has
received a letter from the Congressional Budget Office included
H.R. 4155 does not include any congressional earmarks,
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in
clause 9 of rule XXI.
Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of
Representatives requires an estimate and a comparison by the
Committee of the costs that would be incurred in carrying out
H.R. 4155. However, clause 3(d)(3)(B) of that rule provides
that this requirement does not apply when the Committee has
included in its report a timely submitted cost estimate of the
bill prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act.
Budget Authority and Congressional Budget Office
With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(2) of rule
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and with respect
to requirements of clause 3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of
the House of Representatives and section 402 of the
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has received
the following cost estimate for H.R. 4155 from the Director of
the Congressional Budget Office:
July 2, 2012.
Hon. Darrell Issa,
Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 4155, the Veteran
Skills to Jobs Act.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew
Douglas W. Elmendorf.
H.R. 4155--Veteran Skills to Jobs Act
H.R. 4155 would allow federal agencies to consider certain
types of military training to be sufficient to satisfy training
or certification requirements that an individual may need to
obtain a federal license. Examples of such licenses include
positions in the aviation and maritime industries. Information
from the Department of Transportation indicates that this
legislation would expand the department's current programs to
assist veterans but would not significantly change its
workload. Thus, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4155 would
have no significant effect on the federal budget. Enacting the
legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues;
therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
H.R. 4155 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal
The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Matthew
Pickford. The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.