P.L. 111-13, The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act
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H.R. 1388 would reauthorize and reform the national service laws.
Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or the GIVE Act - Amends the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA) to revise their programs and reauthorize appropriations for them through FY2014.
<b>Title I: Amendments to National and Community Service Act of 1990 -</b> Revises under the NCSA: (1) the School-Based and Community-Based Service-Learning programs and Higher Education Innovative Programs for Community Service, also known as Learn and Serve programs; (2) National Service Trust programs, also known as AmeriCorps; (3) the Civilian Community Corps Demonstration program; and (4) the Investment for Quality and Innovation program.
<b>Subtitle A: Amendments to Subtitle A (General Provisions) -</b> (Sec. 1101) Adds to NCSA purposes: (1) assisting social entrepreneurs and nonprofit community organizations in addressing national and local challenges; (2) leveraging federal investments to increase other public and private resources directed toward such challenges; (3) providing year-round opportunities in service-learning; (4) involving program participants in emergency and disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery; (5) increasing service opportunities for retiring professionals; (6) supporting institutions of higher education (IHEs) that engage students in service-learning and encourage graduates to pursue public service careers; and (7) encouraging service by Baby Boomers and continued service by national service alumni.
Expresses the sense of Congress that the number of participants in approved national service positions should grow to 250,000 by 2014.
(Sec. 1102) Adds definitions of approved summer of service positions, the baby boom generation, disadvantaged youth, community-based entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, historically Black colleges or universities, qualified organizations, predominantly Black Institutions, tribally controlled colleges or universities, scientifically valid research, principles of scientific research, severely economically distressed communities, medically underserved populations, and veterans.
<b>Subtitle B: Amendments to Subtitle B (Service-Learning) -</b> (Sec. 1201) Revises the School-Based programs for elementary and secondary school students (part of the Learn and Serve programs) to eliminate the current competitive grant portion of such programs. Requires the Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) to allocate appropriated funds to states, after reserving from 2% to 3% for Indian tribes and territories, pursuant to a formula that takes into account a state's share of school age youth and funds received under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Sets a minimum grant of $75,000 per state for School-Based programs when fiscal year appropriations for Learn and Serve programs exceed $50 million.
Authorizes grants to be used for the development of civic engagement programs dealing with our nation's history and government.
Limits the federal share of costs for new School-Based programs at 80% for their first year, 65% for their second year, and 50% thereafter.
Increases from 5% to 6% the limit on the use of program funds for administrative costs.
Eliminates the current Community-Based Learn and Serve programs.
(Sec. 1202) Revises the Higher Education Innovative programs (part of the Learn and Serve programs) that award grants to IHEs and partnerships of IHEs and nonprofit organizations for the provision of community service-learning opportunities to postsecondary school students.
Allows the use of grant funds for the inclusion of service-learning as a key component not only of preservice teacher education, but also for education in health care, criminal justice, and public policy and administration.
Directs the Corporation, to the extent practicable, to give special consideration to applications submitted by predominantly Black institutions, historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and community colleges serving predominantly minority populations.
Requires that grantee IHEs meet the minimum requirement set by the Higher Education Act of 1965 regarding the participation of federal work-study students in community service activities.
Establishes a Campuses of Service program under which the Corporation annually designates up to 25 IHEs, from among institutions nominated by State Commissions on National and Community Service (State Commissions), as recipients of funding to develop or disseminate exemplary service-learning programs that encourage or assist their students' pursuit of public service careers in the nonprofit sector or government.
(Sec. 1203) Establishes a new Learn and Serve program, Innovative Demonstration Service-Learning Programs and Research, providing matching grants to states, nonprofit organizations, territories, Indian tribes, IHEs, elementary or secondary schools, and local educational agencies (LEAs) to: (1) provide community service-learning opportunities to elementary and secondary, college, and graduate students; and (2) research and evaluate service-learning.
Includes among allowable grant activities: (1) integrating service-learning programs into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula; (2) service-learning programs focused on energy conservation, emergency and disaster preparedness, and improving access to computers and other emerging technologies; and (3) involving high school age youth in the mentoring of middle school students.
Authorizes new Summer of Service programs under which students who will be entering grades 6 through 12 at the end of the summer and complete 100 hours of community-based service learning summer projects become eligible for an educational award of up to $500 from funds deposited in the National Service Trust. Permits the Corporation to increase the award to not more than $1,000 for economically disadvantaged participants. Allows participants to earn a maximum of two summer of service educational awards.
Authorizes new Youth Engagement Zone programs under which partnerships between community-based agencies and states or LEAs that serve a high number or percentage of disadvantaged students engage students and out-of-school youth in service-learning addressing specific community challenges.
Gives funding priority to programs that: (1) involve students and community stakeholders in their design and implementation; (2) operate in low-income or rural communities; and (3) utilize adult volunteers, including retired or retiring adults.
Limits the federal share of costs for Innovative Demonstration programs to 75% in their first year and 50% thereafter.
<b>Subtitle C: Amendments to Subtitle C (National Service Trust Program) -</b> (Sec. 1301) Revises the National Service Trust (AmeriCorps) program to: (1) include territories as eligible grant recipients; (2) prohibit the provision of grants to federal agencies; (3) increase from 5% to 6% the limit on the use of program funds for administrative costs; (4) set the federal share of program costs at 76% for a recipient's first three years, with gradual reductions in such share until it reaches 50% in year 10, though an alternative match schedule is established for programs in rural or severely economically distressed communities; and (5) require grant recipients, other than those receiving fixed-amount grants, to report any non-Corporation federal funding for their program.
(Sec. 1302) Includes among AmeriCorps programs eligible for funding: (1) an Education Corps to address unmet educational needs; (2) a Healthy Futures Corps to address unmet health needs; (3) a Clean Energy Corps to address unmet environmental needs; and (4) a Veterans Corps to address the unmet needs of veterans and their families.
Authorizes AmeriCorps grantees to implement program models that include: (1) community corps programs that promote community unity through the use of organized teams that include participants with diverse backgrounds and abilities; (2) service programs that recruit individuals with special skills or provide participants with specialized preservice training; (3) campus based programs involving postsecondary school students; and (4) professional corps programs that recruit professionals for service positions that include salaries that are covered by public or private employers and may exceed the maximum living allowance.
Creates AmeriCorps Opportunity Corps programs that include certain existing programs and new programs to: (1) increase community access to technology; (2) engage citizens in public safety, health, and emergency preparedness services; (3) mentor youth; (4) reduce recidivism by re-engaging court-involved youth; (5) support the needs of veterans or active duty service members and their families; (5) improve the financial literacy of economically disadvantaged individuals; (6) assist in building, improving, and preserving affordable housing, including energy efficient homes, for such individuals; (7) improve access to health care; (8) assist economically disadvantaged individuals in obtaining information regarding assistance programs; (9) facilitate their enrollment in, and completion of, job training; (10) provide them with access to job placement services; (11) promote community-based efforts to reduce crime and recruit public safety officers into service opportunities directed at disadvantaged youth; and (12) train and deploy skilled musicians and artists to promote greater community unity through the use of music and arts education and engagement.
Requires AmeriCorps programs to meet or exceed specified performance indicators.
Requires national service programs that provide tutoring to elementary and secondary school students to: (1) certify that tutors have either obtained their high school diploma or passed a proficiency test and successfully completed pre- and in-service tutor training; and (2) offer high quality curricula that meet state academic content standards.
Requires national service programs that promote citizenship and civic engagement to meet requirements, to be established by the Corporation, that are consistent with the principles on which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' citizenship programs are based.
(Sec. 1303) Allows the Corporation to approve programs carried out by territories as national service programs that include education awards.
(Sec. 1304) Prohibits AmeriCorps participants from engaging in specified political, business, union, and religious activities or displacing employed workers or other volunteers.
Prohibits labor, for-profit, abortion advocacy, and certain political organizations from receiving AmeriCorps funding. Bars the participation of organizations that have been indicted for voter fraud.
(Sec. 1305) Increases the minimum and maximum grant the Corporation may make to states to operate State Commissions. Requires states to match such grants dollar-for-dollar, though the Corporation may allow certain alternative matches where a state demonstrates hardship or a new State Commission.
Requires challenge grants for national service programs to be completely matched by private funds for an initial three-year grant period and matched by private amounts that are twice the grant amount thereafter. Allows the Corporation to permit the use of state or local funds as matching funds if private funds are unavailable.
(Sec. 1306) Requires 62.7% the AmeriCorps funds allocated by the Corporation to be for competitive grants to states and national nonprofit organizations, 35.3% for state formula grants, at least 1% for Indian tribes, and 1% for territories. Establish a minimum state formula grant of $600,000 or 0.5% of the amount allocated for formula grants, whichever is greater.
Allows the Corporation to provide fixed-amount grants to support full-time national service positions for the first year beginning on the date of this Act's enactment. Requires such grants to be significantly less than the reasonable and necessary costs of administering the national service programs receiving them.
Waives matching requirements for severely economically distressed communities that receive national service assistance from the Corporation.
(Sec. 1307) Establishes the Education Awards Only program, as part of the AmeriCorps program, allowing the Corporation to provide operational support, in the form of fixed-amount grants, to programs that have approved national service positions but do not otherwise receive AmeriCorps funds. Limits operational support to $800 per program participant, or $1,000 per participant for programs serving at least 50% disadvantaged youth.
(Sec. 1308) Prohibits the Corporation from providing more than one national service grant for the same project, unless specifically authorized by law.
(Sec. 1312) Requires the Corporation to place special emphasis on disadvantaged youth when selecting individuals to receive national service leadership training.
(Sec. 1313) Allows individual performing national service in disaster relief to continue to serve for 90 days after their term of service would otherwise end.
(Sec. 1314) Reduces the national service living allowance by the amount of the federal work study award provided to individuals during their national service.
<b>Subtitle D: Amendments to Subtitle D (National Service Trust and Provision of National Service Educational Awards) -</b> (Sec. 1401) Permits the Corporation to use National Service Trust funds to pay for the new Summer of Service educational awards authorized under subtitle B of this Act.
(Sec. 1402) Prohibits individuals from receiving a national service educational award from the Trust if they complete less than 15% of their required term of service.
Limits an individual's receipt of such awards to the aggregate value of two national service educational awards for full time service; but excludes Summer of Service educational awards from such calculation. Gives Summer of Service participants ten years to use their educational awards for such service.
(Sec. 1403) Sets the national service educational awards for full-time AmeriCorps, National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) participants at a level equal to the maximum available Pell Grant available to students under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
(Sec. 1404) Permits use of such award to cover the costs of enrolling in educational institutions.
Excludes an individual's veterans' education benefits from the calculation of their maximum national service educational award.
<b>Subtitle E: Amendments to Subtitle E (National Civilian Community Corps) -</b> (Sec. 1502) Renames the Civilian Community Corps Demonstration program as the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program. Permits the NCCC to operate nonresidential programs.
(Sec. 1503) Makes individuals eligible for participation in the NCCC program, other than the summer program, if they will be at least 18 before the end of the calendar year in which they enroll.
Requires the NCCC Director to take measures to increase the percentage of program participants who are disadvantaged youth toward 50% by 2012.
(Sec. 1504) Requires, to the extent practicable, that at least 50% of the participants in the NCCC summer program are from economically and ethnically diverse backgrounds, including youth who are in foster care.
(Sec. 1505) Requires the Director to select Corps members with prior supervisory or service experience to be team leaders within NCCC units. Requires assignment of units to campuses, rather than camps, which shall be headed by campus directors, rather than camp superintendents.
Requires campus locations to be cost-effective (as determined by a feasibility study), and distributed in a manner that allows Corps units to be easily deployed for disaster and emergency response.
(Sec. 1506) Requires the Director to ensure, to the extent practicable, that each NCCC participant receives training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and other skills related to disaster preparedness and response.
(Sec. 1507) Places a specific emphasis on NCCC projects that support infrastructure improvement, disaster relief and recovery, the environment, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Specifies additional federal agencies required to develop NCCC project proposals.
(Sec. 1509) Makes the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation, rather than the NCCC Director, responsible for appointing a permanent cadre of NCCC supervisors and training instructors. Requires the CEO, in appointing members of the permanent cadre, to give consideration to retired and other former law enforcement, fire, rescue, and emergency personnel, and other individuals with backgrounds in disaster preparedness and recovery. Requires such cadre to receive training in working with disadvantaged youth.
(Sec. 1512) Expands the NCCC Advisory Board to include the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Secretary of Transportation, the Chief of the United States Forest Service, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Secretary of Energy. Includes among the Board's activities helping to coordinate activities with the Corps, including disaster response activities.
(Sec. 1513) Requires the Corporation to report to Congress on its annual evaluation of NCCC programs.
<b>Subtitle F: Amendments to Subtitle F (Administrative Provisions) -</b> (Sec. 1601) Directs the Office of Management and Budget to evaluate NCSA programs using the Program Assessment Rating Tool or a successor performance assessment tool and report its findings to Congress.
Requires the Comptroller General to study and report to Congress on NCCC programs.
(Sec. 1602) Prohibits national service programs from existing solely to refer individuals to federal assistance programs or state assistance programs that receive federal funding.
(Sec. 1603) Alters hearing and grievance procedures to: (1) allow the emergency suspension of national service assistance to grantees for up to three 30-day periods; and (2) require all grantees, not just states and localities, to establish grievance procedures.
(Sec. 1604) Requires grantees that serve children to consult with parents when developing or operating their programs, and obtain written permission from parents when transporting minor children.
(Sec. 1605) Adds to the duties of State Commissions in preparing national service plans for their states, to include such duties as developing measurable state goals and coordinating national service funding applications in the state.
Requires states to develop comprehensive state plans for volunteer and paid service by members of the Baby Boom generation and older adults.
(Sec. 1606) Requires the Corporation to: (1) establish performance measures for national service grantees in consultation with such grantees; and (2) provide technical assistance to failing grantees who have received assistance for less than three years.
Requires national service grantees to reach agreements with the Corporation on corrective action plans if they fail to achieve such measures. Provides for the reduction or termination of assistance to grantees who continue to fall short of performance standards after an agreed upon correction period.
Allows the Corporation to reserve up to 1% of the total NCSA and DVSA program funds appropriated in a fiscal year for program accountability activities.
(Sec. 1609) Entitles the Inspector General of the Corporation to access to the records of NCSA grantees that relate to such assistance.
(Sec. 1610) Limits the Corporation's national service grants to three years, unless a different term is specifically authorized.
Limits Corporation grants for national service programs to $17,000 per full-time national service position, with adjustments for inflation.
Prohibits the Corporation from using NCSA funds to endorse any elementary or secondary school curriculum, and the federal government from requiring states to submit their academic content and achievement standards for federal approval in order to receive such funds.
Requires entities that select individuals for national service positions to run criminal background checks on such individuals. Prohibits sex offenders, murderers, and those who make false statements in connection with such background checks from serving.
Directs the Corporation to annually collect and report to Congress demographic and socioeconomic information on national service participants.
<b>Subtitle G: Amendments to Subtitle G (Corporation for National and Community Service) - </b>(Sec. 1701) Allows voting members of the Corporation's Board of Directors to serve for one year beyond the expiration of their term if no successor is appointed or until the date on which a successor has taken office.
(Sec. 1702) States that it is the Board's responsibility to set overall policy for the Corporation. Requires the Board to review the CEO's budget proposal in advance of its submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and review the CEO's performance annually.
(Sec. 1703) Increases the compensation of the Corporation's CEO by 3%.
(Sec. 1704) Requires the Corporation's CEO to: (1) submit a plan to the Board for reaching the goal of 50% full-time approved national service positions by 2012; (2) bolster public awareness of, and recruitment efforts for, the wide range of service opportunities for all citizens; (3) identify and implement recruitment methods that increase the diversity of national service participants and program sponsors; (4) identify and implement recruitment strategies and training programs for bilingual volunteers in the DVSA's National Senior Service Corps; and (5) obtain the opinions of peer reviewers in evaluating applications to the Corporation for assistance.
Requires the Corporation to consolidate or modify national service application procedures and reporting requirements.
Directs the Corporation to study and report to Congress on the involvement of veterans in national service programs.
Allows the CEO to solicit funds to support outreach and recruitment efforts.
(Sec. 1705) Allows the CEO to delegate programmatic authority to states in order to increase the efficiency or oversight of a national service program.
(Sec. 1706) Gives the CEO authority to appoint and determine the compensation of the Corporation's Chief Financial Officer.
(Sec. 1707) Allows the Corporation to enter into personal services contracts for national service research, evaluation, and public awareness activities.
(Sec. 1708) Allows the Corporation to solicit and accept the donation of services from individuals or organizations.
(Sec. 1709) Requires the Corporation to study national service programs for displaced workers to identify how existing programs could better such workers and communities that have been adversely affected by plant closings and job losses, and then implement a pilot program based on the study's findings.
(Sec. 1710) Directs the Corporation to study the effectiveness of a centralized electronic citizenship verification system which would allow the Corporation to share employment eligibility information with the Department of Education. Authorizes the Corporation to implement a pilot program based on the study's findings.
<b>Subtitle H: Amendments to Subtitle H -</b> (Sec. 1801) Requires the Corporation to conduct a nationwide Call To Service campaign to encourage everyone to perform public service in the nonprofit sector or government, or by volunteering.
Authorizes the Corporation to undertake appropriate ceremonies and activities to observe September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
(Sec. 1802) Repeals the Military Installation Conversion Demonstration programs and the Special Demonstration Project in Alaska.
(Sec. 1803) Establishes a ServeAmerica Fellowships program which directs the Corporation to provide formula grants to states that enable them to award fellowships to individuals they have chosen to participate in service projects, run by nonprofit organizations, which address certain areas of national need.
Includes as ServeAmerica areas of national need: (1) the education of economically disadvantaged students; (2) access to health care; (3) energy efficiency and natural resource conservation; (4) economic opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals; and (5) disaster preparedness and response.
Requires the number of ServeAmerica positions to increase from 500 for FY2010 to 1,500 for FY2014. Makes ServeAmerica Fellows eligible for national service educational awards.
Authorizes the Corporation to award grants, including fixed-amount grants, to community-based nonprofit entities to carry out a Silver Scholarship Grant Program which provides $1,000 scholarships to individuals age 55 or older who complete at least 500 hours of service in a year in an area of national need.
Establishes an Encore Fellowships program providing one-year fellowships to individuals age 55 or older who are placed with nonprofit organizations to serve in areas of national need and receive training to transition to public service employment in the nonprofit sector or government. Provides matching grants to the nonprofit organizations with which Encore Fellows are placed.
Requires the Corporation to conduct an independent evaluation of the Silver Scholarship and Encore Fellowships programs and widely disseminate the results to the service community.
(Sec. 1804) Authorizes the Corporation to award matching grants to support innovative and model programs, such as those: (1) for disadvantaged youth; (2) that engage youth under age 17; (3) that reduce recidivism by re-engaging court-involved youth and adults as participants, volunteers, or members; and (4) that support mentoring. Sets the federal share of the cost of such programs at 76% in their first year and 50% for the remaining two or three years of the grant.
Requires the Corporation to conduct an independent evaluation of such grant program and widely disseminate the results to the service community.
Establishes a National Service Reserve Corps of individuals who have completed a term of national service and are interested in being deployed, for 30-day periods, in response to national disasters and emergencies. Requires the Corporation to develop or contract for the development of a database of all National Service Reserve Corps members and all nonprofit organizations certified to participate in the program.
(Sec. 1805) Directs the Corporation to establish a Social Innovation Fund grant program awarding renewable three-year matching grants to nonprofit organizations and renewable five-year matching grants to existing grantmaking institutions or partnerships between such institutions and state or local governments which will use the grants: (1) to provide subgrants to community organizations for use in testing new initiatives or replicating or expanding proven initiatives in low-income communities; and (2) for growth capital or to test new initiatives.
Requires Fund grantees to be focused on improving measurable outcomes relating to: (1) the education of disadvantaged students; (2) child and youth development; (3) economic opportunity for the disadvantaged; (4) health; (5) resource conservation and environmental quality; (6) energy efficiency; (7) civic engagement; or (8) crime reduction.
(Sec. 1806) Replaces the current Clearinghouse program with one that requires the Corporation to provide assistance to entities for the establishment of one or more clearinghouses providing information, research, and training services designed to enhance service-learning and national service programs.
<b>Subtitle I: Training and Technical Assistance -</b> (Sec. 1821) Creates a new subtitle to the NCSA, consolidating training and technical assistance provisions of the NCSA and DVSA that require the Corporation to provide such assistance to NCSA and DVSA programs. Gives priority to programs where services are needed most, that focus on service opportunities for underserved rural and urban areas, or that seek a service component combining students, out-of-school youth, and older adults as participants providing community services.
(Sec. 1822) Creates a Volunteer Generation Fund program authorizing the Corporation to award matching grants to states and nonprofit organizations to develop and carry out volunteer programs or make subgrants to support and create new local organizations that generate volunteers.
Requires one-half of such grant funds to be awarded on a competitive basis and the remainder to be allotted to states pursuant to a formula. Reduces the Corporation's share of the cost of programs receiving assistance from 80% for the first year of such assistance to 50% for the fourth year and each year thereafter.
<b>Subtitle J: Repeal of Title III (Points of Light Foundation) -</b> (Sec. 1831) Eliminates federal funding for the Points of Light Foundation.
<b>Subtitle L: Amendments to Title V (Authorization of Appropriations) -</b> (Sec. 1841) Authorizes: (1) $97 million for Subtitle B's Learn and Serve programs for FY2010 and such sums as may be necessary for FY20011-FY2014; (2) such sums as may be necessary for Subtitles C, D, H for FY2010-FY2014; (3) $30 million for Subtitle E's NCCC program for FY2010, and such sums as may be necessary for FY2011-FY2014; and (4) such sums as may be necessary for NCSA administration and financial assistance to State Commissions for FY2010-FY2014. Reserves 2.5 percent of the amounts appropriated under Subtitles B, C, and H of Title I of the NCSA and titles I and II of the DVSA for training and technical assistance under Subtitle I.
<b>Title II: Amendments to the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 -</b> Revises under DVSA: (1) the VISTA program; and (2) the National Senior Volunteer Corps (Senior Corps), including the Retired and Senior Volunteer program (RSVP), the Foster Grandparent program, and the Senior Companion program.
<b>Subtitle A: Amendments to Title I (National Volunteer Antipoverty Programs) -</b> (Sec. 2103) Amends the VISTA program under part A of title I of the DVSA to include the Northern Mariana Islands as a recipient of program services.
Adds to the work to which VISTA volunteers may be assigned: (1) drug abuse rehabilitation and treatment; (2) addressing mental illness; (3) the reintegration of formerly incarcerated youth and adults into society; (4) financial literacy and planning programs in low-income communities; (5) before- and afterschool programs serving children in low-income communities; (6) community economic development initiatives; (7) assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining access to support services; and (8) health and wellness services to low-income and underserved communities.
Gives priority to the recruitment of disadvantaged youth, low-income adults, and retired professionals, with an emphasis on professionals whose services are most needed in a community.
Authorizes public or nonprofit organizations to pay all or a portion of the costs of supporting the service of VISTA volunteers.
(Sec. 2104) Authorizes new VISTA programs, providing grants for programs of national significance that provide poor and rural communities with: (1) the reentry and reintegration of formerly incarcerated youth and adults into society; (2) financial literacy and planning; (3) before- and afterschool services; (4) community economic development initiatives; (5) assistance to veterans and their families; and (6) health and wellness services.
Requires that one-third of VISTA funds be used for grants to support programs of national significance, but conditions funding for such programs on the sufficiency of overall funding to maintain the number of VISTA projects and volunteers funded in the preceding fiscal year.
(Sec. 2106) Establishes a minimum monthly stipend for VISTA volunteers of $125 and a maximum monthly stipend of $150, subject to the availability of funds. Allows the Director to provide a stipend of $250 per month for volunteer leaders.
(Sec. 2107) Eliminates the VISTA Literacy Corps, University Year for VISTA, and Literacy Challenge Grant programs.
<b>Subtitle B: Amendments to Title II (National Senior Volunteer Corps) -</b> (Sec. 2201) Amends title II of the DVSA to rename the National Senior Volunteer Corps program the National Senior Service Corps (NSSC) program.
(Sec. 2203) Amends the Retired and Senior Volunteer program (RSVP) to eliminate the priority given to RSVP participation by volunteers who are 60 or older and give priority to projects that utilize retired professionals in education, health and wellness, youth crime prevention, public safety, emergency management and relief, and access to technology.
Requires RSVP programs to be designed and implemented with the advice of experts in the field of service being offered, as well as with those who have expertise in the recruitment and management of volunteers.
Requires RSVP grants, beginning in FY2014, to be awarded for three year terms through a competitive process. Subjects each RSVP grant expiring in FY2011-FY2013 to an evaluation process requiring its recipient to meet certain performance criteria before the grant may be renewed.
(Sec. 2204) Amends the Foster Grandparent program to lower the minimum age for program volunteers from 60 to 55.
Authorizes providers to determine whether it is in the best interest of the child and foster grandparent to continue their relationship after the child reaches age 21. Requires foster grandparent replacements to be determined through the mutual agreement of all parties providing services to the child.
Increases the stipend provided to low-income foster grandparents to $2.65 an hour, with one adjustment for inflation before December 31, 2012. Redefines low-income foster grandparents as those whose income does not exceed 200% of the poverty level. Allows the Director to provide a 10% stipend increase to volunteer leaders.
Allows up to 15% of a project's volunteers to have incomes above the income eligibility threshold, if the project was unable to recruit enough low-income volunteers.
(Sec. 2205) Amends the Senior Companion program to lower the minimum age for program volunteers from 60 to 55.
Allows Senior Companions to receive stipends consistent with those authorized under the Foster Grandparents program.
(Sec. 2208) Eliminates restrictions on which programs of national significance the RSVP, Foster Grandparent, and Senior Companion programs may select from.
Requires at least 25% of the funds for programs of national significance to be provided to new program sponsors.
Alters the list of such programs. Adds to such list programs that support: (1) individuals with Alzheimer's disease; (2) drug abuse rehabilitation and treatment; (3) mentoring for disadvantaged youth; (4) energy conservation and environmental protection; (5) crime prevention activities directed toward disadvantaged or formerly incarcerated youth; and (6) homeland security efforts.
(Sec. 2209) Requires the Corporation to take the actions necessary to maintain NSSC service assignments for seniors and service continuity for communities.
Allows NSSC programs to accept donations.
(Sec. 2210) Includes as NSSC demonstration programs: (1) those that support individuals aging in place while augmenting the capacity of community members to serve each other through reciprocal service centers, service credit banking, community economic scripts, barter services, timebanking, and other similar programs where services are exchanged and not paid for; and (2) grants to nonprofit organizations to establish sites or programs that connect retiring or retired individual with community service, life planning, or educational opportunities.
Authorizes the Corporation to award incentive matching grants to NSSC programs that exceed specified performance measures, garner a specified level of nonfederal funding, enroll most of their volunteers in outcome-based service programs, and increase their enrollment of Baby Boomer volunteers. Requires such grants to be used to increase the number of volunteers in outcome-based service with measurable objectives meeting community needs. Gives high grant priority to RSVP programs.
<b>Subtitle C: Amendments to Title IV (Administration and Coordination) -</b> (Sec. 2301) Prohibits volunteer activities under the DVSA from displacing volunteers who are not participants under the national service laws.
(Sec 2302) Eliminates the requirement that a recipient of DVSA assistance receive an informal hearing when an application for refunding is denied. Reduces the notice period for such denial from 75 days to 60 days.
(Sec. 2303) Includes the Northern Mariana Islands in DVSA programs.
<b>Subtitle D: Amendments to Title V (Authorization of Appropriations) -</b> (Sec. 2401) Authorizes: (1) $100 million for the VISTA program for FY2010; (2) $70 million for the RSVP for FY2010; (3) $115 million for the Foster Grandparent Program for FY2010; and (4) $55 million for the Senior Companion program for FY2010. Authorizes such sums as may be necessary for these programs and activities and NSSC demonstration programs for FY2011-FY2014.
<b>Title III: Amendments to Other Laws -</b> (Sec. 3101) Makes a technical amendment to the Inspector General Act of 1978.
<b>Title IV: Technical Amendments to Tables of Contents -</b> (Sec. 4101) Makes technical amendments to the respective tables of contents of the NCSA and the DVSA.
<b>Title V: Effective Date -</b> (Sec. 5101) Makes this Act effective upon enactment, unless specifically provided otherwise.
(Sec. 5102) Applies changes made by this Act in the terms and conditions of terms of service and other service assignments under the national service laws (including the amount of the education award) only to individuals who enroll or otherwise begin service assignments after 90 days after enactment of this Act, except when otherwise agreed upon by all interested parties.
Applies changes made by this Act in the terms and conditions of grants, contracts, or other agreements under the national service laws only to agreements entered into after 90 days after enactment of this Act, except when otherwise agreed upon by the parties to such agreements.
Excepts changes this Act makes to the RSVP program from such effective dates.
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