Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

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    111TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS
    1ST SESSION


    An Act
    Entitled The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an Act to reauthorize and reform the national service laws.


    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.[edit]

    (a) Short Title—
    This Act may be cited as the ``Serve America Act´´.
    (b) Table of Contents—
    The table of contents of this Act is as follows:
    Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
    TITLE I—AMENDMENTS TO NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ACT OF 1990
    Sec. 1001.References.
    Subtitle A—Amendments to Subtitle A (General Provisions)
    Sec. 1101. Purposes.
    Sec. 1102. Definitions.
    Subtitle B—Amendments to Subtitle B (Learn and Serve America)
    Sec. 1201. School-based allotments.
    Sec. 1202. Higher education provisions.
    Sec. 1203. Campuses of Service.
    Sec. 1204. Innovative programs and research.
    Sec. 1205. Service-learning impact study.
    Subtitle C—Amendments to Subtitle C (National Service Trust Program)
    Sec. 1301. Prohibition on grants to Federal agencies; limits on Corporation costs.
    Sec. 1302. Eligible national service programs.
    Sec. 1303. Types of positions.
    Sec. 1304. Conforming repeal relating to training and technical assistance.
    Sec. 1305. Assistance to State Commissions; challenge grants.
    Sec. 1306. Allocation of assistance to States and other eligible entities.
    Sec. 1307. Additional authority.
    Sec. 1308. State selection of programs.
    Sec. 1309. National service program assistance requirements.
    Sec. 1310. Prohibited activities and ineligible organizations.
    Sec. 1311. Consideration of applications.
    Sec. 1312. Description of participants.
    Sec. 1313. Selection of national service participants.
    Sec. 1314. Terms of service.
    Sec. 1315. Adjustments to living allowance.
    Subtitle D—Amendments to Subtitle D (National Service Trust and Provision of National Service Educational Awards)
    Sec. 1401. Availability of funds in the National Service Trust.
    Sec. 1402. Individuals eligible to receive an educational award from the Trust.
    Sec. 1403. Certifications.
    Sec. 1404. Determination of the amount of the educational award.
    Sec. 1405. Disbursement of educational awards.
    Sec. 1406. Approval process for approved positions.
    Subtitle E—Amendments to Subtitle E (National Civilian Community Corps)
    Sec. 1501. Purpose.
    Sec. 1502. Program components.
    Sec. 1503. Eligible participants.
    Sec. 1504. Summer national service program.
    Sec. 1505. National Civilian Community Corps.
    Sec. 1506. Training.
    Sec. 1507. Consultation with State Commissions.
    Sec. 1508. Authorized benefits for Corps members.
    Sec. 1509. Permanent cadre.
    Sec. 1510. Status of Corps members and Corps personnel under Federal law.
    Sec. 1511. Contract and grant authority.
    Sec. 1512. Other departments.
    Sec. 1513. Advisory Board.
    Sec. 1514. Evaluations.
    Sec. 1515. Repeal of funding limitation.
    Sec. 1516. Definitions.
    Sec. 1517. Terminology.
    Subtitle F—Amendments to Subtitle F (Administrative Provisions)
    Sec. 1601. Family and medical leave.
    Sec. 1602. Reports.
    Sec. 1603. Use of funds.
    Sec. 1604. Notice, hearing, and grievance procedures.
    Sec. 1605. Resolution of displacement complaints.
    Sec. 1606. State Commissions on National and Community Service.
    Sec. 1607. Evaluation and accountability.
    Sec. 1608. Civic Health Assessment.
    Sec. 1609. Contingent extension.
    Sec. 1610. Partnerships with schools.
    Sec. 1611. Rights of access, examination, and copying.
    Sec. 1612. Additional administrative provisions.
    Sec. 1613. Availability of assistance.
    Sec. 1614. Criminal history checks for individuals working with vulnerable populations.
    Subtitle G—Amendments to Subtitle G (Corporation for national and community service)
    Sec. 1701. Terms of office.
    Sec. 1702. Board of Directors authorities and duties.
    Sec. 1703. Chief Executive Officer compensation.
    Sec. 1704. Authorities and duties of the Chief Executive Officer.
    Sec. 1705. Chief Financial Officer status.
    Sec. 1706. Nonvoting members; personal services contracts.
    Sec. 1707. Donated services.
    Sec. 1708. Assignment to State Commissions.
    Sec. 1709. Study of involvement of veterans.
    Sec. 1710. Study to examine and increase service programs for displaced workers in services corps and community service and to develop pilot program planning study.
    Sec. 1711. Study to evaluate the effectiveness of agency coordination.
    Sec. 1712. Study of program effectiveness.
    Sec. 1713. Volunteer Management Corps study.
    Subtitle H—Amendments to subtitle H (Investment for Quality and Innovation)
    Sec. 1801. Technical amendment to subtitle h.
    Sec. 1802. Additional Corporation activities to support national service.
    Sec. 1803. Repeals.
    Sec. 1804. Presidential awards.
    Sec. 1805. New fellowships.
    Sec. 1806. National Service Reserve Corps.
    Sec. 1807. Social Innovation Funds pilot program.
    Sec. 1808. Clearinghouses.
    Sec. 1809. Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.
    Subtitle I—Training and Technical Assistance
    Sec. 1821. Training and technical assistance.
    Subtitle J—Repeal of Title III (Points of Light Foundation)
    Sec. 1831. Repeal.
    Subtitle K—Amendments to Title V (Authorization of Appropriations)
    Sec. 1841. Authorization of appropriations.
    TITLE II—DOMESTIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE ACT OF 1973
    Sec. 2001. References.
    Sec. 2002. Volunteerism policy.
    Subtitle A—National Volunteer Antipoverty Programs
    Chapter 1—Volunteers in Service to America
    Sec. 2101. Statement of purpose.
    Sec. 2102. Selection and assignment of volunteers.
    Sec. 2103. Support service.
    Sec. 2104. Repeal.
    Sec. 2105. Redesignation.
    Chapter 2—University Year for VISTA
    Sec. 2121. University year for VISTA.
    Chapter 3—Special Volunteer Programs
    Sec. 2131. Statement of purpose.
    Sec. 2132. Literacy challenge grants.
    Subtitle B—National Senior Service Corps
    Sec. 2141. Title.
    Sec. 2142. Statement of purpose.
    Sec. 2143. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
    Sec. 2144. Foster grandparent program.
    Sec. 2145. Senior companion program.
    Sec. 2146. General provisions.
    Subtitle C—Administration and coordination
    Sec. 2151. Special limitations.
    Sec. 2152. Application of Federal law.
    Sec. 2153. Evaluation.
    Sec. 2154. Definitions.
    Sec. 2155. Protection against improper use.
    Sec. 2156. Provisions under the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
    Subtitle D—Authorization of appropriations
    Sec. 2161. Authorizations of appropriations.
    TITLE III—TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO TABLES OF CONTENTS
    Sec. 3101. Table of contents of the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
    Sec. 3102. Table of contents of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.
    TITLE IV—AMENDMENTS TO OTHER LAWS
    Sec. 4101. Inspector General Act of 1978.
    TITLE V—VOLUNTEERS FOR PROSPERITY PROGRAM
    Sec. 5101. Findings.
    Sec. 5102. Definitions.
    Sec. 5103. Office of Volunteers for Prosperity.
    Sec. 5104. Authorization of appropriations.
    TITLE VI—EFFECTIVE DATE
    Sec. 6101. Effective date.
    Sec. 6102. Sense of the Senate.


    Approved April 21, 2009.

    Legislative History[edit]

    • H.R. 1388, (S. 277)
    • HOUSE REPORTS:
      • No. 111-37 (Comm. on Education and Labor).
    • CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 155 (2009):
      • Mar. 18, considered and passed House.
      • Mar. 24-26, considered and passed Senate, amended.
      • Mar. 31, House concurred in Senate amendments.
    • DAILY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS (2009):
      • Apr. 21, Presidential remarks.

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