Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 2.djvu/383

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PUBLIC LAW 102-375 —SEPT. 30, 1992 106 STAT. 1263 containing such information as the Commissioner may require, including, at a minimum— "(i) a plan for the establishment of a pension rights information program to serve a specific geographic area; and "(ii) an assurance that staff members (including volunteer staff members) have no conflict of interest in providing the services described in the plan. "(B) PLAN. —The plan described in paragraph (1) shall provide for a program that— "(i) establishes a State or area pension rights information center; "(ii) provides counseling (including direct counseling and assistance to individuals needing information) and information that may assist individuals in establishing rights to, obtaining, and filing claims or complaints related to, pension and other retirement benefits; "(iii) provides information on sources of pension and other retirement benefits, including the benefits under programs described in subsection (a)(D; "(iv) makes referrals to legal services and other advocacy programs; "(v) establishes a system of referral to State, local, and Federal departments or agencies related to pension and other retirement benefits; "(vi) provides a sufficient number of staff positions (including volunteer positions) to ensure information, counseling, referral, and assistance regarding pension and other retirement benefits; "(vii) provides training programs for staff members, including volunteer staff members of the programs described in subsection (a)(D; "(viii) makes recommendations to the Administration, the Department of Labor and other local. State, and Federal agencies concerning issues for older individuals related to pension and other retirement benefits; and "(ix) establishes an outreach program to provide information, counseling, referral, and assistance regarding pension and other retirement benefits, with particular emphasis on outreach to women, minorities, and low-income retirees. "(d) TRAINING PROGRAM.— "(1) USE OF FUNDS. —In carrying out the projects described Grants. in subsection (b), the Commissioner shall, to the extent appropriations are available, award a grant to an eligible entity to establish a training program to provide— "(A) information to the staffs of entities operating pension rights information programs; and "(B) assistance to the entities and assist such entities in the design of program evaluation tools. "(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.— Entities eligible to receive grants under this subsection include nonprofit private organizations with records of providing national information, referral, and advocacy in matters related to pension and other retirement benefits.