Federal - HR 2406

A bill to amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002 to make certain changes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's commissioned officer corps, and for other purposes.

Introduced

April 30, 2019

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A bill to amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002 to make certain changes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's commissioned officer corps, and for other purposes.

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  • Sept. 18, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps — Substitute Amendment
      Grijalva, D-Ariz. —

    Substitute amendment that would extend the option to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps to opt out of promotion board consideration as established by the 2002 hydrographic services improvement law (PL 110-386) with the approval of the NOAA director, once a determination is made that the exclusion from consideration is in the best interest of the corps.

    It also would authorize the Commerce secretary to establish a career intermission program to enhance the retention of corps members under which officers may be inactivated from active service to meet personal or professional needs and returned to active service at the end of an established period of less than three years.

    It also would require the secretary and each officer who participates in the intermission program to sign a written agreement, in which the member agrees to serve two months on active service for each month of the inactivation period.

    It also would direct the secretary to pay corps officers who participate in the intermission program basic pay in an amount equal to two-thirtieths of the amount of monthly basic pay to which the member would otherwise be entitled.

    Substitute amendment that would extend the option to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps to opt out of promotion board consideration as established by the 2002 hydrographic services improvement law (PL 110-386) with the approval of the NOAA director, once a determination is made that the exclusion from consideration is in the best interest of the corps.

    It also would authorize the Commerce secretary to establish a career intermission program to enhance the retention of corps members under which officers may be inactivated from active service to meet personal or professional needs and returned to active service at the end of an established period of less than three years.

    It also would require the secretary and each officer who participates in the intermission program to sign a written agreement, in which the member agrees to serve two months on active service for each month of the inactivation period.

    It also would direct the secretary to pay corps officers who participate in the intermission program basic pay in an amount equal to two-thirtieths of the amount of monthly basic pay to which the member would otherwise be entitled.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps — Vote to Report

    Amend a 2002 law that governs the National Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (PL 107-372) to direct the Commerce secretary to prescribe percentages applicable to commissioned grades in relative rank with officers of the U.S. Navy. The bill also would direct the secretary to determine the number of officers authorized to serve in each grade.

    The bill also would direct the secretary to prescribe the military obligated service requirements for appointments, training, promotions, separations, continuations and retirement of officers not otherwise prescribed in law, and authorize the secretary to seek reimbursement from an officer who fails to meet any such requirement.

    It also would allow the secretary to waive the service obligation of an officer in special circumstances, including when an officer becomes unqualified to serve on active duty because of a circumstance not within the control of the officer.

    The measure also would allow the secretary to take necessary measures to ensure officers are prepared to carry out their duties in the NOAA Corps, including providing officers and candidates with educational materials and school supplies.

    It also would direct the secretary to ensure that officers maintain a high physical state of readiness by establishing standards of physical fitness for officers that are substantially equivalent to those prescribed for the Coast Guard.

    It also would allow the secretary to use advertising materials for recruitment and retention of Corps personnel.

    It also would authorize the secretary to allow eligible officers to enter into an education repayment loan system, with eligibility tied to the written agreement to serve on active duty or to remain on active duty for an additional period of time.

    It also would authorize the secretary to pay the interest and any special allowances that accrue from one or more student loans, of an eligible officer, who is currently serving and has served on active duty for less than three years.

    The bill also would direct the secretary, in coordination with the Education secretary, to use amounts appropriated for the pay and allowances of personnel of the Corps for the purpose of student loan repayment.

    It also would authorize the Commerce secretary to provide financial assistance for officers attending an accredited educational institution full time, including tuition and fees, clothing and equipment.

    It also would authorize the secretary, in the event that educational assistance is terminated, to require a person who had received assistance to reimburse the secretary.

    The bill also would limit the total amount expended by the secretary on educational assistance to officer candidates.

    It also would allow the secretary to make an original appointment and reappointment of an officer in grades, including appointments for which it is appropriate for the qualification, experience and length of service of the appointee.

    It also would allow the secretary to make an original appointment from graduates in the basic officer training program; graduates of the military service academies; graduates of the maritime academies; and licensed officers of the U.S. merchant marine, who have served at least two years aboard a vessel in the capacity of a licensed officer.

    It also would limit original appointments of officer candidates that have graduated from the basic officer training program, to the ensign grade and require that such officer candidates take the rank according to their proficiency as shown by the order of their merit at their graduation date.

    The bill also would direct the secretary to convene a personnel board at least once a year, consisting of at least five officers who are serving in or above the permanent grade of the officers under consideration by the board.

    It also would task the personnel board with providing recommendations to correct erroneous positions on the lineal list and provide recommendations for the appointment, promotion, involuntary separation, continuation and involuntary retirement of officers in the Corps.

    It also would authorize the president to make temporary appointments in the grade of ensign, lieutenant junior or lieutenant, and to temporarily promote officers in any permanent grade by one grade.

    The bill would direct the secretary to determine the number of appointments of officer candidates.

    It also would authorize the secretary to dismiss an officer candidate from the basic officer training program, deemed to be unsatisfactory in either academics or conduct, or not adapted for a career in the Corps.

    The bill would not entitle an officer discharged for twice failing selection for promotion to the next higher grade to separation pay if the officer expresses a desire not to be selected for the promotion or requests removal from the list of selectees.

    As amended, it also would authorize the secretary to establish a career intermission program which officers may be temporarily inactivated from active service to meet personal or professional needs.

    As amended, it also would grant officers the option to opt out of promotion board consideration.

    Amend a 2002 law that governs the National Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (PL 107-372) to direct the Commerce secretary to prescribe percentages applicable to commissioned grades in relative rank with officers of the U.S. Navy. The bill also would direct the secretary to determine the number of officers authorized to serve in each grade.

    The bill also would direct the secretary to prescribe the military obligated service requirements for appointments, training, promotions, separations, continuations and retirement of officers not otherwise prescribed in law, and authorize the secretary to seek reimbursement from an officer who fails to meet any such requirement.

    It also would allow the secretary to waive the service obligation of an officer in special circumstances, including when an officer becomes unqualified to serve on active duty because of a circumstance not within the control of the officer.

    The measure also would allow the secretary to take necessary measures to ensure officers are prepared to carry out their duties in the NOAA Corps, including providing officers and candidates with educational materials and school supplies.

    It also would direct the secretary to ensure that officers maintain a high physical state of readiness by establishing standards of physical fitness for officers that are substantially equivalent to those prescribed for the Coast Guard.

    It also would allow the secretary to use advertising materials for recruitment and retention of Corps personnel.

    It also would authorize the secretary to allow eligible officers to enter into an education repayment loan system, with eligibility tied to the written agreement to serve on active duty or to remain on active duty for an additional period of time.

    It also would authorize the secretary to pay the interest and any special allowances that accrue from one or more student loans, of an eligible officer, who is currently serving and has served on active duty for less than three years.

    The bill also would direct the secretary, in coordination with the Education secretary, to use amounts appropriated for the pay and allowances of personnel of the Corps for the purpose of student loan repayment.

    It also would authorize the Commerce secretary to provide financial assistance for officers attending an accredited educational institution full time, including tuition and fees, clothing and equipment.

    It also would authorize the secretary, in the event that educational assistance is terminated, to require a person who had received assistance to reimburse the secretary.

    The bill also would limit the total amount expended by the secretary on educational assistance to officer candidates.

    It also would allow the secretary to make an original appointment and reappointment of an officer in grades, including appointments for which it is appropriate for the qualification, experience and length of service of the appointee.

    It also would allow the secretary to make an original appointment from graduates in the basic officer training program; graduates of the military service academies; graduates of the maritime academies; and licensed officers of the U.S. merchant marine, who have served at least two years aboard a vessel in the capacity of a licensed officer.

    It also would limit original appointments of officer candidates that have graduated from the basic officer training program, to the ensign grade and require that such officer candidates take the rank according to their proficiency as shown by the order of their merit at their graduation date.

    The bill also would direct the secretary to convene a personnel board at least once a year, consisting of at least five officers who are serving in or above the permanent grade of the officers under consideration by the board.

    It also would task the personnel board with providing recommendations to correct erroneous positions on the lineal list and provide recommendations for the appointment, promotion, involuntary separation, continuation and involuntary retirement of officers in the Corps.

    It also would authorize the president to make temporary appointments in the grade of ensign, lieutenant junior or lieutenant, and to temporarily promote officers in any permanent grade by one grade.

    The bill would direct the secretary to determine the number of appointments of officer candidates.

    It also would authorize the secretary to dismiss an officer candidate from the basic officer training program, deemed to be unsatisfactory in either academics or conduct, or not adapted for a career in the Corps.

    The bill would not entitle an officer discharged for twice failing selection for promotion to the next higher grade to separation pay if the officer expresses a desire not to be selected for the promotion or requests removal from the list of selectees.

    As amended, it also would authorize the secretary to establish a career intermission program which officers may be temporarily inactivated from active service to meet personal or professional needs.

    As amended, it also would grant officers the option to opt out of promotion board consideration.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 21-14.
  • Sept. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Gonzalez-Colon, J. (R-P.R.)
  • Sept. 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)Raskin, (D-Md.)
  • Sept. 13, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Courtney, (D-Conn.)
  • Sept. 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cole, (R-Okla.)
  • July 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Abraham, (R-La.)
  • July 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Luria, (D-Va.)Palazzo, (R-Miss.)
  • May 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Spano, (R-Fla.)
  • May 8, 2019 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.

  • April 30, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 2

    Huffman, (D-Calif.)Young, Don (R-Alaska)
  • April 30, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Armed Services, House Natural Resources, House Oversight and Reform, House Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. H3339