This bill would create a pilot program in the Department of Defense (DOD) to enhance job placement and employment services for veterans of the Armed Forces, and members of the National Guard and Reserves.
The pilot program would be based on a job placement program model that focuses on working one-on-one with a veteran or member of the National Guard and Reserves. The services offered would focus on job placement, including:
Identifying unemployed and underemployed members and veterans;
Job matching services;
Pilot program development would be informed by existing state level employment programs. Funding for these programs are conditional, however, as this bill requires states to contribute an amount equal to at least 30 percent of the funding that the DOD forks over. All of the state-contributed funds must be from non-federal sources.
The DOD Secretary would be directed to develop a way to measure the success of the pilot program. Before March 1, 2019 the Secretary of Defense would have to submit a report describing the results of the pilot program to Congressional defense committees. This report would include:
A description and assessment of the pilot program’s effectiveness — including the number of veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves that are hired and the cost-per-placement involved in those hires.
An assessment of the impact of the pilot program on employment levels of reservists, and its impact on the readiness of members of the Reserves.
A comparison of the pilot program to other programs conducted by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide unemployment and underemployment support to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves.
The authority to carry out this pilot program would expire on September 30, 2018, and the Secretary of Defense would be empowered to extend the program by no more than two additional fiscal years.