HR 4323 — Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act

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Introduced by Neal Dunn on 2017-11-9 • Last action on 2017-12-20

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Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act

(Sec. 3) The National Science Foundation (NSF) shall: (1) encourage veterans to study and pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and computer science in coordination with other federal agencies that serve veterans, and (2) submit a plan to Congress for enhancing outreach efforts to veterans.

The plan shall: (1) report on NSF's outreach activities, (2) identify the best method for leveraging existing authorities and programs to support veterans in STEM careers and studies, and (3) identify a method to track veterans' participation in NSF research and education programs.

The National Science Board shall provide in its annual report on the state of science and engineering in the United States relevant data on veterans in science and engineering careers or education programs.

The bill provides for veterans' participation and outreach in: (1) the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program to recruit and train mathematics and science teachers, (2) NSF fellowships and masters fellowships for mathematics and science teachers, (3) computer and network security capacity building grants, and (4) traineeship grants leading to a doctorate degree in computer and network security research.

The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall: (1) establish a subcommittee under the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science and Technology Council to coordinate federal programs and policies for transitioning and training veterans and military spouses for STEM careers, (2) monitor federal agency efforts to ensure that the objectives of the subcommittee's strategic plan required by this bill are met, and (3) submit the strategic plan to Congress within one year after enactment of this bill.

The subcommittee shall: (1) coordinate federal agency STEM outreach activities and programs for veterans and military spouses; and (2) develop a strategic plan to prioritize objectives, specify progress metrics, identify STEM career barriers facing veterans and military spouses, and identify any barriers that require legislative or regulatory changes.

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