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H.R. 6686 - To amend title 41, United States Code, to require the head of each executive agency to consider the existence of qualified training programs of contractors in the award of certain contracts.

Introduced: 2018-08-28
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6686


    To amend title 41, United States Code, to require the head of each executive agency to consider the existence of qualified training programs of contractors in the award of certain contracts.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 28, 2018

    Mr. Brown of Maryland (for himself, Ms. Bonamici, and Ms. Clarke of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


A BILL

    To amend title 41, United States Code, to require the head of each executive agency to consider the existence of qualified training programs of contractors in the award of certain contracts.

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

SECTION 1. Consideration of contractors with qualified training programs.

(a) Consideration of contractors with qualified training programs.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 47 of title 41, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 4712 the following new section:

§ 4713. Consideration of contractors with qualified training programs

“(a) Consideration.—The head of each executive agency shall, to the maximum extent practicable, consider the existence of qualified training programs of contractors by requiring a contracting officer, in the evaluation of offers for any contract in an amount greater than $25,000,000—

“(1) to consider the existence of a qualified training program of an offeror as a factor in the evaluation;

“(2) to give consideration to an offeror that provides comprehensive training and education programs to develop its workforce, consistent with needs of the agency; and

“(3) in the consideration of past performance of an incumbent contractor, to consider the manner in which the incumbent contractor is educating, investing, and retaining the contractor’s workforce.

“(b) Incentives.—The head of each executive agency shall develop workforce development investment incentives for contractors.

“(c) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this section may be construed as altering or superceding the applicability of existing work force development investment incentives for contractors.

“(d) Qualified training program defined.—The term ‘qualified training program’ means any of the following:

“(1) A program eligible to receive funds under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.).

“(2) A program eligible to receive funds under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (21 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.).

“(3) A program registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the ‘National Apprenticeship Act’; Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.).

“(4) Any other Federal program determined to be a qualified training program for purposes of this section by the head of the executive agency.”.

(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 4712 the following new item:

“4713. Consideration of contractors with qualified training programs.”.

(b) Applicability.—This Act and the amendments made by this Act apply with respect to contracts awarded on or after the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.


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