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[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
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[H.R. 1612 Reported in Senate (RS)]

                                                       Calendar No. 609
111th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 1612

                          [Report No. 111-323]


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

               March 26 (legislative day, March 25), 2010

   Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and 
                           Natural Resources

                           September 27, 2010

              Reported by Mr. Bingaman, with an amendment
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
To amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization 
   of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior to 
  provide service opportunities for young Americans; help restore the 
nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational and 
 scenic resources; train a new generation of public land managers and 
         enthusiasts; and promote the value of public service.

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

<DELETED>SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    This Act may be cited as the ``Public Lands Service Corps 
Act of 2010''.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 2. REFERENCE.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this 
Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or 
a repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be 
considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Public 
Lands Corps Act of 1993 (16 U.S.C. 1721 et seq.; title II of Public Law 
91-378).</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 3. AMENDMENTS TO THE PUBLIC LANDS CORPS ACT OF 
              1993.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    (a) Name and Project Description Changes.--The Act is 
amended--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) by striking ``Public Lands Corps'' each place 
        it appears and inserting ``Public Lands Service 
        Corps'';</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) in the title heading, by striking ``PUBLIC 
        LANDS CORPS'' and inserting ``PUBLIC LANDS SERVICE 
        CORPS'';</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) in the section 204--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) in the section heading, by striking 
                ``public lands corps'' and inserting ``public lands 
                service corps''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) in the heading of subsection (a), by 
                striking ``Public lands corps'' and inserting ``Public 
                lands service corps'';</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) in the heading of paragraph (2) of section 
        210(a), by striking ``Public lands corps'' and inserting 
        ``Public lands service corps'';</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (5) by striking ``conservation center'' each place 
        it appears and inserting ``residential conservation center''; 
        and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (6) by striking ``appropriate conservation 
        projects'' each place it appears (except in paragraph (1) of 
        section 204(e) as so redesignated) and inserting ``appropriate 
        natural and cultural resources conservation 
        projects''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Findings.--Section 202(a) of the Act is amended as 
follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) In paragraph (1), by striking ``the natural 
        and cultural'' and inserting ``natural and 
        cultural''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) By redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as 
        paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively, and by inserting after 
        paragraph (1) the following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Participants in conservation corps receive 
        meaningful training and their experience with such corps 
        provides preparation for careers in public service.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) Young men and women who participate in the 
        rehabilitation and restoration of our Nation's natural, 
        cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, and scenic 
        treasures will gain an increased appreciation and understanding 
        of our public lands and heritage, and of the value of public 
        service, and are likely to become life-long advocates for those 
        values.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) In paragraph (4) (as so redesignated), by 
        inserting ``, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, 
        and scenic'' after ``Many facilities and natural''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) By adding at the end the following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(6) The work of conservation corps can benefit 
        communities adjacent to public lands and facilities through 
        renewed civic engagement and participation by corps 
        participants and those they serve; improved student 
        achievement; and restoration and rehabilitation of public 
        assets.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (c) Purpose.--Section 202(b) of the Act is amended to read 
as follows:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are to--
</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) introduce young men and women to public 
        service while furthering their understanding and appreciation 
        of the Nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, 
        recreational, and scenic resources;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) facilitate training and recruitment 
        opportunities in which service is credited as qualifying 
        experience for careers in public land management;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) instill in a new generation of young men and 
        women from across the Nation, including those from diverse 
        backgrounds, the desire to seek careers in natural and cultural 
        resource stewardship and public service by allowing them to 
        work directly with professionals in agencies responsible for 
        the management of the Nation's natural, cultural, historic, 
        archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(4) perform, in a cost-effective manner, 
        appropriate natural and cultural resources conservation 
        projects where such projects are not being performed by 
        existing employees;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(5) assist governments and Indian tribes in 
        performing research and public education tasks associated with 
        natural and cultural resources;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(6) expand educational opportunities by 
        rewarding individuals who participate in national service with 
        an increased ability to pursue higher education or job 
        training; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(7) promote public understanding and 
        appreciation of the individual missions and natural and 
        cultural resources conservation work of the Federal agencies 
        through training opportunities, community service and outreach, 
        and other appropriate means.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (d) Definitions.--Section 203 of the Act is amended as 
follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) By amending paragraphs (1) and (2) to read as 
        follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) Appropriate natural and cultural resources 
        conservation project.--The term `appropriate natural and 
        cultural resources conservation project' means any project for 
        the conservation, restoration, construction, or rehabilitation 
        of natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, 
        or scenic resources on public lands.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Corps and public lands service corps.--The 
        terms `Corps' and `Public Lands Service Corps' mean the Public 
        Lands Service Corps established under section 204 of this 
        title.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) By striking paragraphs (3) and (8).</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) By redesignating paragraphs (4), (5), (6), 
        (7), (9), (10), (11), (12), and (13) as paragraphs (3) through 
        (11), respectively.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) By amending paragraph (7) (as so redesignated) 
        to read as follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(7) Public lands.--The term `public lands' means 
        any lands or waters (or interest therein) owned or administered 
        by the United States, including those areas of coastal and 
        ocean waters, the Great Lakes and their connecting waters, and 
        submerged lands over which the United States exercises 
        jurisdiction, except that such term does not include any Indian 
        lands.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (5) In paragraph (8) (as so redesignated)--
        </DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) in subparagraph (B), by striking 
                ``and'' at the end;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) in subparagraph (C), by striking the 
                period and inserting ``; and''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) by adding at the end the 
                following:</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(D) makes available for audit for each 
                fiscal year for which the qualified youth or 
                conservation corps receives Federal funds under this 
                Act, information pertaining to the expenditure of the 
                funds, any matching funds, and participant 
                demographics.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (6) In paragraph (10) (as so redesignated)--
        </DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) in subparagraph (A), by striking 
                ``and'' at the end;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking the 
                period and inserting ``; and''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) by adding at the end the 
                following:</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(C) with respect to the National Marine 
                Sanctuary System, coral reefs, and other coastal, 
                estuarine, and marine habitats, and other lands and 
                facilities administered by the National Oceanic and 
                Atmospheric Administration, the Secretary of 
                Commerce.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (7) By adding at the end the following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(12) Residential conservation centers.--The term 
        `residential conservation centers' means the facilities 
        authorized under section 205.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(13) Consulting intern.--The term `consulting 
        intern' means a consulting intern selected under section 
        206.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(14) Public lands service corps participant.--
        The term `Public Lands Service Corps participant', `Corps 
        participant' or `participant of the Corps' means an individual 
        who is enrolled in the Public Lands Service Corps pursuant to 
        section 204(b).''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (e) Public Lands Service Corps Program.--Section 204 of 
the Act is amended as follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) In subsection (a)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) in the heading, by adding at the end 
                ``Program''</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) by striking ``and the Department of 
                Agriculture a'' and inserting ``, the Department of 
                Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce a service 
                and training program titled the''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) by adding at the end the following: 
                ``The Secretary of the Interior shall establish a 
                department-level office to coordinate Public Lands 
                Service Corps activities within the Department of the 
                Interior. The Secretary of Agriculture shall establish 
                within the U.S. Forest Service an office to coordinate 
                Public Lands Service Corps activities within that 
                agency. The Secretary of Commerce shall establish 
                within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
                Administration an office to coordinate Public Lands 
                Service Corps activities within that agency. The 
                Secretary of each department shall designate a Public 
                Lands Service Corps coordinator for each agency within 
                that department that administers Public Lands Service 
                Corps activities.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) By amending subsection (b) to read as 
        follows:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(b) Participants.--The Secretary may enroll in the 
Public Lands Service Corps individuals between the ages of 16 and 25, 
inclusive, who are either hired by an agency under the Secretary's 
jurisdiction to perform work authorized under this Act or who are 
members of a qualified youth or conservation corps with which the 
Secretary has entered into a cooperative agreement to perform work 
authorized under this Act. The Secretary may also enroll resource 
assistants and consulting interns. All enrollees shall be considered 
Public Lands Service Corps participants, and may be enrolled for a term 
of up to 24 months of service, which may be served over more than two 
calendar years. The individuals may be enrolled without regard to the 
civil service and classification laws, rules, or regulations of the 
United States. The Secretary may establish a preference for the 
enrollment in the Corps of individuals who are economically, 
physically, or educationally disadvantaged.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) In subsection (c)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) in paragraph (1)--</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (i) by striking ``contracts 
                        and'';</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (ii) by inserting ``natural and 
                        cultural resources'' after ``appropriate''; 
                        and</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (iii) by striking ``subsection 
                        (d)'' and inserting ``subsection 
                        (e)'';</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) by redesignating paragraph (2) as 
                paragraph (3);</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) by inserting after paragraph (1) the 
                following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Recruitment.--The Secretary shall undertake, 
        or enter into cooperative agreements to provide, a program to 
        attract eligible youth to the Corps by publicizing Corps 
        opportunities through high schools, colleges, employment 
        centers, electronic media, and other appropriate institutions 
        or means.''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (D) by amending paragraph (3) (as so 
                redesignated) to read as follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) Preference.--For purposes of entering into 
        cooperative agreements under paragraph (1), the Secretary may 
        give preference to qualified youth or conservation corps 
        located in a specific area that have a substantial portion of 
        members who are economically, physically, or educationally 
        disadvantaged to carry out projects within the 
        area.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) By redesignating subsections (d) through (f) 
        as subsections (e) through (g), respectively.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (5) By inserting after subsection (c) the 
        following:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(d) Training.--The Secretary shall establish a training 
program based at appropriate residential conservation centers or at 
other suitable regional Federal or other appropriate facilities or 
sites to provide training for Corps participants. The Secretary shall--
</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) ensure that the duration and 
        comprehensiveness of the training program shall be commensurate 
        with the projects Corps participants are expected to 
        undertake;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) develop department-wide standards for the 
        program that include training in--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) resource stewardship;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) ethics for those in public 
                service;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(C) principles of national 
                service;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(D) health and safety;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(E) teamwork and leadership; 
                and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(F) interpersonal 
                communications;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) direct each participating agency to develop 
        agency-specific training guidelines to ensure that Corps 
        participants enrolled to undertake projects for that agency are 
        appropriately informed about matters specific to that agency, 
        including--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) the history and organization of the 
                agency;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) the agency's core values; 
                and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(C) any agency-specific standards for 
                the management of natural, cultural, historic, 
                archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources; 
                and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(4) take into account training already received 
        by Corps participants enrolled from qualified youth or 
        conservation corps, including in the matters outlined in 
        paragraph (2).''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (6) In subsection (e) (as so redesignated)--
        </DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) in paragraph (1)--</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (i) by striking ``The Secretary 
                        may utilize the Corps or any qualified youth or 
                        conservation corps to carry out appropriate'' 
                        and inserting ``The Secretary may use Corps 
                        participants to carry out, under appropriate 
                        supervision and training, appropriate natural 
                        and cultural resource''; and</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (ii) by striking ``law on public 
                        lands.'' and inserting the following: ``law. 
                        Such projects may include, but are not limited 
                        to--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) protection, restoration, or 
                enhancement of ecosystem components to promote species 
                recovery, improve biological diversity, enhance 
                productivity and carbon sequestration, and enhance 
                adaptability and resilience of public lands and 
                resources in the face of climate change and other 
                natural and human disturbances;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) promoting the health of forests and 
                public lands, refuges, and coastal and marine areas, 
                including--</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    ``(i) protection and restoration 
                        of watersheds and forest, riparian, estuarine, 
                        grassland, coral reef, intertidal, or other 
                        habitat;</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    ``(ii) reduction of wildfire risk 
                        and mitigation of damage from insects, disease, 
                        and disasters;</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    ``(iii) erosion control;</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    ``(iv) control or removal of 
                        invasive, noxious, or non-native 
                        species;</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    ``(v) restoration of native 
                        species; and</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    ``(vi) projects under the Healthy 
                        Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (Public Law 
                        108-148);</DELETED>
                <DELETED>Projects under this subparagraph shall be 
                considered priority projects;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(C) collection of biological, 
                archaeological, and other scientific data, including 
                monitoring of climatological information, species 
                populations and movement, habitat status, and other 
                factors;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(D) assisting in historical and cultural 
                research, archival and curatorial work, oral history 
                projects, documentary photography, and activities that 
                support the creation of public works of art related to 
                public lands; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(E) construction, repair, 
                rehabilitation, green building retrofitting, and 
                maintenance of roads, trails, campgrounds, and other 
                facilities, employee housing, cultural and historic 
                sites and structures, and facilities that further the 
                purposes of the Public Lands Service 
                Corps.''.</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) By redesignating paragraphs (2) and 
                (3) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively.</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) By inserting after paragraph (1) the 
                following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Visitor services.--The Secretary may--
        </DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) enter into or amend an existing 
                cooperative agreement with a cooperating association, 
                educational institute, friends group, or similar 
                nonprofit partner organization for the purpose of 
                providing training and work experience to Corps 
                participants in areas including, but not limited to, 
                sales, office work, accounting, and management provided 
                that the work experience directly relates to the 
                protection and management of the public lands; 
                and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) allow Corps participants to help 
                promote visitor safety and enjoyment of public lands, 
                and assist in the gathering of visitor use 
                data.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) Interpretation.--The Secretary may assign 
        Corps participants to provide interpretation or education 
        services for the public under the appropriate direction and 
        supervision of agency personnel, including--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) providing orientation and 
                information services to visitors, including services 
                for non-English speaking visitors and visitors who use 
                American Sign Language;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) assisting agency personnel in the 
                delivery of interpretive or educational programs, 
                including outdoor learning and classroom 
                learning;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(C) presenting programs on Federal lands 
                or at schools, after-school programs, and youth-serving 
                community programs that relate the personal experience 
                of the Corps participant for the purpose of promoting 
                public awareness of the Corps, its role in public land 
                management agencies, and its availability to potential 
                participants; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(D) creating nonpersonal interpretive 
                products, such as Web site content, Junior Ranger 
                program books, printed handouts, and audiovisual 
                programs.''.</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (D) In paragraph (4) (as so redesignated), 
                by striking ``Appropriate conservation projects'' and 
                inserting ``Appropriate natural and cultural resources 
                conservation projects''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (7) In subsection (g) (as so redesignated), by 
        striking ``appropriate conservation project'' inserting 
        ``appropriate natural and cultural resources conservation 
        project''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (8) By amending the text of subsection (f) (as so 
        redesignated), by inserting ``involve improvements to Federal 
        property and'' after ``preference to those projects 
        which''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (9) By amending the text of subsection (f)(2) (as 
        so redesignated) to read as follows: ``will instill in Corps 
        participants a work ethic and a sense of public 
        service;''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (10) In subsection (g) (as so redesignated), by 
        striking ``on eligible service lands''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (11) By adding at the end the following:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(h) Other Participants.--The Secretary may allow 
volunteers from other programs administered or designated by the 
Secretary to participate as volunteers in projects carried out under 
this section on such terms as the Secretary considers 
appropriate.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (f) Residential Conservation Centers and Program 
Support.--Section 205 of the Act is amended as follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) In the section heading, by striking 
        ``conservation'' and inserting ``residential 
        conservation''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) In subsection (a)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) by amending paragraph (1) to read as 
                follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) In general.--The Secretary may establish 
        residential conservation centers for--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) such housing, food service, medical 
                care, transportation, and other services as the 
                Secretary deems necessary for the Public Lands Service 
                Corps; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) the conduct of appropriate 
                residential conservation projects under this 
                Act.'';</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) by striking paragraph (2) and 
                redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (2) 
                and (3), respectively;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) in paragraph (2) (as so 
                redesignated)--</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (i) in the text, by inserting 
                        ``residential'' before ``conservation 
                        centers''; and</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (ii) in the heading, by inserting 
                        ``residential'' before ``conservation 
                        centers''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (D) in paragraph (3) (as so redesignated), 
                by striking ``with a State or'' and inserting ``a 
                cooperative agreement with another Federal, State, 
                or''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) In subsection (b)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) by striking ``The Secretary'' and 
                inserting the following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) The Secretary''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) by adding at the end the 
                following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) The Secretary may make arrangements with 
        other Federal agencies, States, local, and tribal governments, 
        or private organizations to provide temporary housing as needed 
        and available.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) In project areas where Corps participants 
        can reasonably be expected to reside at their own homes, the 
        Secretary may fund or provide transportation to and from 
        project sites.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) By redesignating subsection (d) as subsection 
        (g).</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (5) By inserting after subsection (c) the 
        following:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(d) Facilities.--The Secretary may, as an appropriate 
natural and cultural resources conservation project, direct Corps 
participants to aid in the rehabilitation or construction of 
residential conservation center facilities, including 
housing.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(e) Green Buildings.--The Secretary may seek the 
assistance of the Secretary of Energy in identifying and using solar 
and other green building technologies and modular housing designs that 
may be adapted for residential conservation center facilities, 
including--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) designs from the Department of Energy's 
        Solar Decathlon competition; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) logistical support, assistance, and training 
        from Solar Decathlon participants.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(f) Mentors.--The Secretary may recruit from programs, 
such as agency volunteer programs, and from agency retirees, veterans 
groups, military retirees, active duty personnel, and from appropriate 
youth-serving organizations, such adults as may be suitable and 
qualified to provide training, mentoring, and crew-leading services to 
Corps participants.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (6) In subsection (g) (as so redesignated), by 
        striking ``are appropriate to carry out this title'' and 
        inserting ``the Secretary determines to be necessary for the 
        residential conservation center''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (g) Resource Assistants and Consulting Interns.--Section 
206 of the Act is amended as follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) In the section heading, by inserting ``and 
        consulting interns'' before the period.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) In subsection (a), by striking ``The Secretary 
        is authorized to provide individual placements of resource'' 
        and inserting the following: ``The Secretary is authorized, to 
        provide individual placements of the following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) Resource''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) By inserting after subsection (a)(1) (as so 
        designated), the following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Consulting interns with any Federal land, 
        coastal, or ocean management agency under the jurisdiction of 
        the Secretary to carry out management analysis activities on 
        behalf of the agency. To be eligible for selection as a 
        consulting intern, an individual must be a current enrollee and 
        have completed at least one full year at a graduate or 
        professional school that has been accredited by an accrediting 
        body that has been recognized by the Secretary of Education. 
        The Secretary may select consulting interns without regard to 
        the civil service and classification laws, rules, or 
        regulations of the United States.''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) In subsection (b)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) by inserting ``or consulting interns'' 
                before ``through private sources'';</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) in the second sentence, before the 
                period, by inserting ``; up to 15 percent may be in-
                kind''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) by striking ``Resource Assistants'' 
                and inserting ``resource assistants or consulting 
                interns''.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (5) By adding at the end the following:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(c) Cost Sharing Requirements.--At the Secretary's 
discretion, the requirements for cost sharing applicable to 
participating nonprofit organizations for the expenses of resource 
assistants and consulting interns under subsection (b) may be reduced 
to not less than 10 percent.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (h) Technical Amendment.--The Act is amended by 
redesignating sections 207, 208, 209, 210, and 211 as sections 208, 
209, 210, 211, and 212, respectively.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (i) Guidance.--The Act is amended by inserting after 
section 206 the following:</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 207. GUIDANCE.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``Not later than 18 months after funds are made available 
for this purpose, the Secretaries shall issue guidelines for the 
management of the Public Lands Service Corps programs for use by 
regional and State directors, and the supervisors of individual parks, 
forests, districts, sanctuaries, reserves, hatcheries, and 
refuges.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (j) Living Allowances and Terms of Service.--Section 208 
of the Act (as so redesignated) is amended--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) by amending subsection (a) to read as 
        follows:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(a) Living Allowances.--The Secretary shall provide each 
Corps participant with a living allowance in an amount established by 
the Secretary. The Secretary may--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) apply a cost-of-living differential to such 
        allowances; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) reimburse Corps participants for travel 
        costs at the beginning and end of their term of service if the 
        Secretary deems appropriate.'';</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) by amending the text of subsection (b) to read 
        as follows: ``Each Corp participant shall agree to participate 
        in the Corps for such term of service as may be established by 
        the Secretary enrolling or selecting the 
        individual.'';</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) in the heading of subsection (c), by adding at 
        the end ``Preference and Future Employment''; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) in subsection (c)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) by amending paragraphs (1) and (2) to 
                read as follows:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) grant to a participant of the Public Lands 
        Service Corps credit for service time in the Corps to be used 
        as qualifying experience toward future Federal 
        hiring;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) provide to a former participant of the 
        Public Lands Service Corps noncompetitive hiring status for a 
        period of not more than two years after the date on which the 
        participant's service with the Public Lands Service Corps is 
        complete (not counting any time spent enrolled in an academic 
        institution or trade school), if the candidate--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) has served a minimum of 960 hours on 
                an appropriate natural or cultural resource 
                conservation project that included at least 120 hours 
                through the Public Lands Service Corps; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) meets Office of Personnel Management 
                qualification standards for the position to which the 
                candidate is applying;''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) by adding at the end the 
                following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) develop a system to provide consideration 
        for participants who cannot meet the requirements of paragraph 
        (2);</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(4) provide to an individual who has 
        successfully fulfilled the resource assistant program 
        noncompetitive hiring status for a period of not more than two 
        years after the date on which the individual has completed an 
        undergraduate degree from an accredited institution;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(5) provide to an individual who has 
        successfully fulfilled the consulting internship program 
        noncompetitive hiring status for a period of not more than two 
        years after the date on which the individual has completed a 
        graduate degree from an accredited institution; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(6) provide, or enter into cooperative 
        agreements with qualified employment agencies to provide, 
        alumni services such as job and education counseling, 
        referrals, verification of service, communications, and other 
        appropriate services to participants who have completed their 
        Corps service.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (k) National Service Educational Awards.--Section 209 of 
the Act (as so redesignated) is amended--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``If a'' and 
        all that follows through ``shall be eligible'' and inserting 
        ``If a Corps participant also serves in an approved national 
        service position designated under subtitle C of title I of the 
        National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12571 et 
        seq.), the Corps participant shall be eligible''; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) in subsection (b), by striking--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) ``either participants in the Corps or 
                resource assistants'' and inserting ``participants in 
                the Corps''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) ``or a resource assistant''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (l) Nondisplacement.--Section 210 of the Act (as so 
redesignated) is amended to read as follows:</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 210. NONDISPLACEMENT.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``The nondisplacement requirements of the National and 
Community Service Act of 1990 shall be applicable to all activities 
carried out by the Public Lands Service Corps 
participants.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (m) Funding.--Section 211 of the Act (as so redesignated) 
is amended--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) in subsection (a)(1)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) by striking ``appropriate conservation 
                project'' each place it appears and inserting 
                ``appropriate natural and cultural resources 
                conservation project''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) by adding at the end the following: 
                ``The Secretary may reduce to no less than 10 percent 
                the non-Federal costs of a project when the Secretary 
                determines that it is necessary to enable participation 
                in the Public Lands Service Corps from a greater range 
                of organizations.''; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) in subsection (b)--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) by inserting ``program'' after 
                ``Corps''; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) by inserting ``, consulting interns'' 
                before ``and qualified youth''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (n) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 212 of the 
Act (as so redesignated) is amended--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) by amending subsection (a) to read as 
        follows:</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(a)  In General.--There is authorized to be appropriated 
to carry out this title $12,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011, 
2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, of which no less than 
</DELETED>\<DELETED>3/4</DELETED>\ <DELETED>of the sums shall be made 
available for healthy forests restoration priority projects under 
section 204(e)(1)(B)(vi).'';</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) by striking subsection (b); and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection 
        (b).</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (o) Limitation on Use of Funds.--No person or entity who 
is a party to a pending lawsuit against the dispensing Secretary is 
eligible to receive funds authorized or made available under this Act 
or amendments made by this Act.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (p) Further Limitation on Use of Funds to Protect 
Children.--No adult shall be eligible to receive funds or participate 
in the Public Lands Service Corps program under this Act or amendments 
made by this Act, if that person--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) refuses to consent to a criminal history 
        check;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) makes a false statement in connection with 
        such a criminal history check;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) is registered, or is required to be 
        registered, on a State sex offender registry or the National 
        Sex Offender Registry established under the Adam Walsh Child 
        Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16901 et seq.); 
        or</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) has been convicted of murder, as described in 
        section 1111 of title 18, United States Code.</DELETED>

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Public Lands Service Corps Act of 
2010''.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENT TO SHORT TITLE.

    Section 201 of the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 (16 U.S.C. 1701 
note; 107 Stat. 848) is amended to read as follows:

``SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE; REFERENCES.

    ``(a) Short Title.--This title may be cited as the `Public Lands 
Service Corps Act of 1993'.
    ``(b) References.--Any reference contained in any law, regulation, 
document, paper, or other record of the United States to the `Public 
Lands Corps Act of 1993' shall be considered to be a reference to the 
`Public Lands Service Corps Act of 1993'.''.

SEC. 3. REFERENCE.

    A reference in this Act to ``the Act'' is a reference to the Public 
Lands Service Corps Act of 1993 (16 U.S.C. 1721 et seq.; title II of 
Public Law 91-378).

SEC. 4. AMENDMENTS TO THE PUBLIC LANDS SERVICE CORPS ACT OF 1993.

    (a) Name and Project Description Changes.--The Act is amended--
            (1) in the title heading, by striking ``PUBLIC LANDS 
        CORPS'' and inserting ``PUBLIC LANDS SERVICE CORPS'';
            (2) in section 204 (16 U.S.C. 1723), in the heading, by 
        striking ``public lands corps'' and inserting ``public lands 
        service corps'';
            (3) in section 210(a)(2) (16 U.S.C. 1729(a)(2)), in the 
        heading, by striking ``Public lands'';
            (4) by striking ``Public Lands Corps'' each place it 
        appears and inserting ``Corps'';
            (5) by striking ``conservation center'' each place it 
        appears and inserting ``residential conservation center'';
            (6) by striking ``conservation centers'' each place it 
        appears and inserting ``residential conservation centers'';
            (7) by striking ``appropriate conservation project'' each 
        place it appears and inserting ``appropriate natural and 
        cultural resources conservation project''; and
            (8) by striking ``appropriate conservation projects'' each 
        place it appears and inserting ``appropriate natural and 
        cultural resources conservation projects''.
    (b) Findings.--Section 202(a) (16 U.S.C. 1721(a)) of the Act, as 
amended by subsection (a), is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1)--
                    (A) by striking ``Corps can benefit'' and inserting 
                ``conservation corps can benefit''; and
                    (B) by striking ``the natural and cultural'' and 
                inserting ``natural and cultural'';
            (2) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs 
        (4) and (5), respectively;
            (3) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:
            ``(2) Participants in conservation corps receive meaningful 
        education and training, and their experience with conservation 
        corps provides preparation for careers in public service.
            ``(3) Young men and women who participate in the 
        rehabilitation and restoration of the natural, cultural, 
        historic, archaeological, recreational, and scenic treasures of 
        the United States will gain an increased appreciation and 
        understanding of the public lands and heritage of the United 
        States, and of the value of public service, and are likely to 
        become life-long advocates for those values.'';
            (4) in paragraph (4) (as redesignated by paragraph (2)), by 
        inserting ``, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, 
        and scenic'' after ``Many facilities and natural''; and
            (5) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(6) The work of conservation corps can benefit 
        communities adjacent to public lands and facilities through 
        renewed civic engagement and participation by corps 
        participants and those they serve, improved student 
        achievement, and restoration and rehabilitation of public 
        assets.''.
    (c) Purpose.--Section 202(b) (16 U.S.C. 1721(b)) of the Act is 
amended to read as follows:
    ``(b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are--
            ``(1) to introduce young men and women to public service 
        while furthering their understanding and appreciation of the 
        natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, and 
        scenic resources of the United States;
            ``(2) to facilitate training and recruitment opportunities 
        in which service is credited as qualifying experience for 
        careers in the management of such resources;
            ``(3) to instill in a new generation of young men and women 
        from across the United States, including young men and women 
        from diverse backgrounds, the desire to seek careers in 
        resource stewardship and public service by allowing them to 
        work directly with professionals in agencies responsible for 
        the management of the natural, cultural, historic, 
        archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources of the 
        United States;
            ``(4) to perform, in a cost-effective manner, appropriate 
        natural and cultural resources conservation projects where such 
        projects are not being performed by existing employees;
            ``(5) to assist State and local governments and Indian 
        tribes in performing research and public education tasks 
        associated with the conservation of natural, cultural, 
        historic, archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources;
            ``(6) to expand educational opportunities on public lands 
        and by rewarding individuals who participate in conservation 
        corps with an increased ability to pursue higher education and 
        job training;
            ``(7) to promote public understanding and appreciation of 
        the missions and the natural and cultural resources 
        conservation work of the participating Federal agencies through 
        training opportunities, community service and outreach, and 
        other appropriate means; and
            ``(8) to create a grant program for Indian tribes to 
        establish the Indian Youth Service Corps so that Indian youth 
        can benefit from carrying out projects on Indian lands that the 
        Indian tribes and communities determine to be priorities.''.
    (d) Definitions.--Section 203 (16 U.S.C. 1722) of the Act is 
amended--
            (1) by redesignating paragraphs (3) through (7), (8) 
        through (10), and (11) through (13) as paragraphs (5) through 
        (9), (11) through (13), and (15) through (17), respectively;
            (2) by striking paragraphs (1) and (2) and inserting the 
        following:
            ``(1) Appropriate natural and cultural resources 
        conservation project.--The term `appropriate natural and 
        cultural resources conservation project' means any project for 
        the conservation, restoration, construction, or rehabilitation 
        of natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, 
        or scenic resources.
            ``(2) Consulting intern.--The term `consulting intern' 
        means a consulting intern selected under section 206(a)(2).
            ``(3) Corps and public lands service corps.--The terms 
        `Corps' and `Public Lands Service Corps' mean the Public Lands 
        Service Corps established under section 204(a).
            ``(4) Corps participant.--The term `Corps participant' 
        means an individual enrolled--
                    ``(A) in the Corps or the Indian Youth Service 
                Corps; or
                    ``(B) as a resource assistant or consulting 
                intern.'';
            (3) by inserting after paragraph (9) (as redesignated by 
        paragraph (1)) the following:
            ``(10) Indian youth service corps.--The term `Indian Youth 
        Service Corps' means a qualified youth or conservation corps 
        established under section 207 that--
                    ``(A) enrolls individuals between the ages of 15 
                and 25, inclusive, a majority of whom are Indians; and
                    ``(B) is established pursuant to a tribal 
                resolution that describes the agreement between the 
                Indian tribe and the qualified youth or conservation 
                corps to operate an Indian Youth Service Corps program 
                for the benefit of the members of the Indian tribe.'';
            (4) by amending paragraph (12) (as redesignated by 
        paragraph (1)) to read as follows:
            ``(12) Public lands.--The term `public lands' means any 
        land or water (or interest therein) owned or administered by 
        the United States, including those areas of coastal and ocean 
        waters, the Great Lakes and their connecting waters, and 
        submerged lands over which the United States exercises 
        jurisdiction, except that such term does not include Indian 
        lands.'';
            (5) by amending paragraph (13) (as redesignated by 
        paragraph (1)) as follows:
                    (A) in subparagraph (A)--
                            (i) by striking ``full-time,'';
                            (ii) by inserting ``on eligible service 
                        lands'' after ``resource setting''; and
                            (iii) by striking ``16'' and inserting 
                        ``15'';
                    (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``and'' at the 
                end;
                    (C) in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at 
                the end and inserting ``; and''; and
                    (D) by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(D) makes available for audit for each fiscal 
                year for which the qualified youth or conservation 
                corps receives Federal funds under this Act, all 
                information pertaining to the expenditure of the funds, 
                any matching funds, and participant demographics.'';
            (6) by inserting after paragraph 13 (as redesignated by 
        paragraph (1)) the following:
            ``(14) Residential conservation centers.--The term 
        `residential conservation centers' means the facilities 
        authorized under section 205.'';
            (7) in paragraph (15) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)), 
        by striking ``206'' and inserting ``206(a)(1)''; and
            (8) in paragraph (16) (as redesignated by paragraph (1))--
                    (A) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``and'' at the 
                end;
                    (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at 
                the end and inserting ``; and''; and
                    (C) by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(C) with respect to the National Marine Sanctuary 
                System, coral reefs, and other coastal, estuarine, and 
                marine habitats, and other lands and facilities 
                administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
                Administration, the Secretary of Commerce.''.
    (e) Public Lands Service Corps Program.--Section 204 of the Act (16 
U.S.C. 1723), as amended by subsection (a), is amended--
            (1) by redesignating subsections (b) and (c) and 
        subsections (d) through (f) as subsections (c) and (d) and 
        subsections (f) through (h), respectively;
            (2) by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following:
    ``(a) Establishment of Public Lands Service Corps.--There is 
established in the Department of the Interior, the Department of 
Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce a Public Lands Service 
Corps.
    ``(b) Establishment of Corps Office; Coordinators; Liaison.--
            ``(1) Establishment of offices.--
                    ``(A) Department of the interior.--The Secretary of 
                the Interior shall establish a department-level office 
                to coordinate the Corps activities within the 
                Department of the Interior.
                    ``(B) Department of agriculture.--The Secretary of 
                Agriculture shall establish within the Forest Service 
                an office to coordinate the Corps activities within 
                that agency.
                    ``(C) Department of commerce.--The Secretary of 
                Commerce shall establish within the National Oceanic 
                and Atmospheric Administration an office to coordinate 
                the Corps activities within that agency.
            ``(2) Establishment of coordinators.--The Secretary shall 
        designate a Public Lands Service Corps coordinator for each 
        agency under the jurisdiction of the Secretary that administers 
        Corps activities.
            ``(3) Establishment of liaison.--The Secretary of the 
        Interior shall establish an Indian Youth Service Corps liaison 
        that will--
                    ``(A) provide outreach to Indian tribes about 
                opportunities for establishing Corps and Indian Youth 
                Service Corps programs; and
                    ``(B) coordinate with the Tribal Liaison of the 
                Corporation for National Service to identify and 
                establish Corps and Indian Youth Service Corps 
                opportunities for Indian youth.'';
            (3) by amending subsection (c) (as redesignated by 
        paragraph (1)) to read as follows:
    ``(c) Participants.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary may enroll in the Corps 
        individuals who are--
                    ``(A) hired by an agency under the jurisdiction of 
                the Secretary to perform work authorized under this 
                Act; or
                    ``(B) members of a qualified youth or conservation 
                corps with which the Secretary has entered into a 
                cooperative agreement to perform work authorized under 
                this Act.
            ``(2) Resource assistants and consulting interns.--The 
        Secretary may also enroll in the Corps resource assistants and 
        consulting interns in accordance with section 206(a).
            ``(3) Eligibility requirements.--To be eligible for 
        enrollment as a Corps participant, an individual shall--
                    ``(A) be between the ages of 15 and 25, inclusive; 
                and
                    ``(B) satisfy the requirements of section 137(a)(5) 
                of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 
                U.S.C. 12591(a)(5)).
            ``(4) Terms.--Each Corps participant may be enrolled in the 
        Corps for a term of up to 2 years of service, which may be 
        served over a period that exceeds 2 calendar years.
            ``(5) Civil service.--An individual may be enrolled as a 
        Corps participant without regard to the civil service and 
        classification laws, rules, or regulations of the United 
        States.
            ``(6) Preference.--The Secretary may establish a preference 
        for the enrollment as Corps participants individuals who are 
        economically, physically, or educationally disadvantaged.'';
            (4) in subsection (d) (as redesignated by paragraph (1))--
                    (A) in paragraph (1)--
                            (i) by striking ``contracts and''; and
                            (ii) by striking ``subsection (d)'' and 
                        inserting ``subsection (f)'';
                    (B) by striking paragraph (2); and
                    (C) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:
            ``(2) Recruitment.--The Secretary shall carry out, or enter 
        into cooperative agreements to provide, a program to attract 
        eligible youth to the Corps by publicizing Corps opportunities 
        through high schools, colleges, employment centers, electronic 
        media, and other appropriate institutions and means.
            ``(3) Preference.--In entering into cooperative agreements 
        under paragraph (1) or awarding competitive grants to Indian 
        tribes or tribally authorized organizations under section 207, 
        the Secretary may give preference to qualified youth or 
        conservation corps that are located in specific areas where a 
        substantial portion of members are economically, physically, or 
        educationally disadvantaged.'';
            (5) by inserting after subsection (d) (as redesignated by 
        paragraph (1)) the following:
    ``(e) Training.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall establish a training 
        program based at appropriate residential conservation centers 
        or at other suitable regional Federal or other appropriate 
        facilities or sites to provide training for Corps participants.
            ``(2) Requirements.--In establishing a training program 
        under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall--
                    ``(A) ensure that the duration and 
                comprehensiveness of the training program shall be 
                commensurate with the projects Corps participants are 
                expected to undertake;
                    ``(B) develop department-wide standards for the 
                program that include training in--
                            ``(i) resource stewardship;
                            ``(ii) health and safety;
                            ``(iii) ethics for individuals in public 
                        service;
                            ``(iv) teamwork and leadership; and
                            ``(v) interpersonal communications;
                    ``(C) direct the participating agencies within the 
                Department of the Interior, the Forest Service in the 
                case of the Department of Agriculture, and the National 
                Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the case of 
                the Department of Commerce, to develop agency-specific 
                training guidelines to ensure that Corps participants 
                are appropriately informed about matters specific to 
                that agency, including--
                            ``(i) the history and organization of the 
                        agency;
                            ``(ii) the mission of the agency; and
                            ``(iii) any agency-specific standards for 
                        the management of natural, cultural, historic, 
                        archaeological, recreational, and scenic 
                        resources; and
                    ``(D) take into account training already received 
                by Corps participants enrolled from qualified youth or 
                conservation corps.'';
            (6) in subsection (f) (as redesignated by paragraph (1))--
                    (A) in paragraph (1)--
                            (i) in the heading, by striking ``In 
                        general.--'' and inserting ``Use of corps; 
                        projects.--'';
                            (ii) by striking ``The Secretary may 
                        utilize the Corps or any qualified youth or 
                        conservation corps to carry out'' and inserting 
                        the following:
                    ``(A) In general.--The Secretary may use the Corps 
                to carry out, with appropriate supervision and 
                training,'';
                            (iii) by striking ``on public lands'' and 
                        inserting on ``on eligible service lands''; and
                            (iv) by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(B) Projects.--Appropriate natural and cultural 
                resources conservation projects carried out under this 
                section may include--
                            ``(i) protecting, restoring, or enhancing 
                        ecosystem components to promote species 
                        recovery, improve biological diversity, enhance 
                        productivity and carbon sequestration, and 
                        enhance adaptability and resilience of eligible 
                        service lands and resources to climate change 
                        and other natural and human disturbances;
                            ``(ii) promoting the health of eligible 
                        service lands, including--
                                    ``(I) protecting and restoring 
                                watersheds and forest, grassland, 
                                riparian, estuarine, marine, or other 
                                habitat;
                                    ``(II) reducing the risk of 
                                uncharacteristically severe wildfire 
                                and mitigating damage from insects, 
                                disease, and disasters;
                                    ``(III) controlling erosion;
                                    ``(IV) controlling and removing 
                                invasive, noxious, or nonnative 
                                species; and
                                    ``(V) restoring native species;
                            ``(iii) collecting biological, 
                        archaeological, and other scientific data, 
                        including climatological information, species 
                        populations and movement, habitat status, and 
                        other information;
                            ``(iv) assisting in historical and cultural 
                        research, museum curatorial work, oral history 
                        projects, documentary photography, and 
                        activities that support the creation of public 
                        works of art related to eligible service lands; 
                        and
                            ``(v) constructing, repairing, 
                        rehabilitating, and maintaining roads, trails, 
                        campgrounds and other visitor facilities, 
                        employee housing, cultural and historic sites 
                        and structures, and other facilities that 
                        further the purposes of this Act.'';
                    (B) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as 
                paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively; and
                    (C) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:
            ``(2) Visitor services.--The Secretary may--
                    ``(A) enter into or amend an existing cooperative 
                agreement with a cooperating association, educational 
                institution, friends group, or similar nonprofit 
                partner organization for the purpose of providing 
                training and work experience to Corps participants in 
                areas such as sales, office work, accounting, and 
                management, provided that the work experience directly 
                relates to the conservation and management of eligible 
                service lands; and
                    ``(B) allow Corps participants to help promote 
                visitor safety and enjoyment of eligible service lands, 
                and assist in the gathering of visitor use data.
            ``(3) Interpretation.--The Secretary may permit Corps 
        participants to provide interpretation or education services 
        for the public under the direct and immediate supervision of an 
        agency employee--
                    ``(A) to provide orientation and information 
                services to visitors;
                    ``(B) to assist agency employees in the delivery of 
                interpretive or educational programs where audience 
                size, environmental conditions, safety, or other 
                factors make such assistance desirable;
                    ``(C) to present programs that relate the personal 
                experience of the Corps participants for the purpose of 
                promoting public awareness of the Corps, the role of 
                the Corps in public land management agencies, and the 
                availability of the Corps to potential participants; 
                and
                    ``(D) to create nonpersonal interpretive products, 
                such as website content, Junior Ranger program books, 
                printed handouts, and audiovisual programs.'';
            (7) in subsection (g) (as redesignated by paragraph (1))--
                    (A) in the matter preceding the first paragraph, by 
                striking ``those projects which'' and inserting 
                ``priority projects and other projects that''; and
                    (B) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the 
                following:
            ``(2) will instill in Corps participants a work ethic and a 
        sense of public service;''; and
            (8) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(i) Other Participants.--The Secretary may allow volunteers from 
other programs administered or designated by the Secretary to 
participate as volunteers in projects carried out under this section.
    ``(j) Criminal History Checks.--
            ``(1) In general.--The requirements of section 189D(b) of 
        the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 
        12645g(b)) shall apply to each individual age 18 or older 
        seeking--
                    ``(A) to become a Corps participant;
                    ``(B) to receive funds authorized under this Act; 
                or
                    ``(C) to supervise or otherwise have regular 
                contact with Corps participants in activities 
                authorized under this Act.
            ``(2) Eligibility prohibition.--If any of paragraphs (1) 
        through (4) of section 189D(c) of the National and Community 
        Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12645g(c)(1)-(4)) apply to an 
        individual described in paragraph (1), that individual shall 
        not be eligible for the position or activity described in 
        paragraph (1), unless the Secretary provides an exemption for 
        good cause.''.
    (f) Residential Conservation Centers and Program Support.--Section 
205 (16 U.S.C. 1724) of the Act is amended--
            (1) in the section heading, by striking ``conservation'' 
        and inserting ``residential conservation'';
            (2) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary may establish residential 
        conservation centers for--
                    ``(A) such housing, food service, medical care, 
                transportation, and other services as the Secretary 
                deems necessary for Corps participants; and
                    ``(B) the conduct of appropriate natural and 
                cultural resources conservation projects under this 
                Act.'';
                    (B) by striking paragraph (2);
                    (C) by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as 
                paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively;
                    (D) in paragraph (2) (as redesignated by 
                subparagraph (C)), in the heading, by striking ``for 
                conservation centers''; and
                    (E) in paragraph (3) (as redesignated by 
                subparagraph (C)), by striking ``a State or local 
                government agency'' and inserting ``another Federal 
                agency, State, local government,'';
            (3) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) by striking ``The Secretary'' and inserting the 
                following:
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary''; and
                    (B) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(2) Temporary housing.--The Secretary may make 
        arrangements with another Federal agency, State, local 
        government, or private organization to provide temporary 
        housing for Corps participants as needed and available.
            ``(3) Transportation.--In project areas where Corps 
        participants can reasonably be expected to reside at their own 
        homes, the Secretary may fund or provide transportation to and 
        from project sites.'';
            (4) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (f);
            (5) by inserting after subsection (c) the following:
    ``(d) Facilities.--The Secretary may, as an appropriate natural and 
cultural resources conservation project, direct Corps participants to 
aid in the construction or rehabilitation of residential conservation 
center facilities, including housing.
    ``(e) Mentors.--The Secretary may recruit from programs, such as 
Federal volunteer and encore service programs, and from veterans 
groups, military retirees, and active duty personnel, such adults as 
may be suitable and qualified to provide training, mentoring, and crew-
leading services to Corps participants.''; and
            (6) in subsection (f) (as redesignated by paragraph (4)), 
        by striking ``that are appropriate'' and all that follows 
        through the period and inserting ``that the Secretary 
        determines to be necessary for a residential conservation 
        center.''.
    (g) Resource Assistants and Consulting Interns.--Section 206 of the 
Act (16 U.S.C. 1725) is amended--
            (1) in the section heading, by inserting ``and consulting 
        interns'' before the period;
            (2) by striking subsections (a) and (b) and inserting the 
        following:
    ``(a) Authorization.--
            ``(1) Resource assistants.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The Secretary may provide 
                individual placements of resource assistants with any 
                agency under the jurisdiction of the Secretary that 
                carries out appropriate natural and cultural resources 
                conservation projects to carry out research or resource 
                protection activities on behalf of the agency.
                    ``(B) Eligibility.--To be eligible for selection as 
                a resource assistant, an individual shall be at least 
                17 years of age.
                    ``(C) Preference.--In selecting resource assistants 
                for placement under this paragraph, the Secretary shall 
                give a preference to individuals who are enrolled in an 
                institution of higher education or are recent graduates 
                from an institution of higher education, with 
                particular attention given to ensuring full 
                representation of women and participants from 
                Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-
                serving institutions, and Tribal Colleges and 
                Universities.
            ``(2) Consulting interns.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The Secretary may provide 
                individual placements of consulting interns with any 
                agency under the jurisdiction of the Secretary that 
                carries out appropriate natural and cultural resources 
                conservation projects to carry out management analysis 
                activities on behalf of the agency.
                    ``(B) Eligibility.--To be eligible for selection as 
                a consulting intern, an individual shall be enrolled 
                in, and have completed at least 1 full year at, a 
                graduate or professional school that has been 
                accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the 
                Secretary of Education.
    ``(b) Use of Existing Nonprofit Organizations.--
            ``(1) In general.--Whenever 1 or more nonprofit 
        organizations can provide appropriate recruitment and placement 
        services to fulfill the requirements of this section, the 
        Secretary may implement this section through such 
        organizations.
            ``(2) Expenses.--Participating organizations shall 
        contribute to the expenses of providing and supporting the 
        resource assistants or consulting interns from sources of 
        funding other than the Secretary, at a level of not less than 
        25 percent of the total costs (15 percent of which may be from 
        in-kind sources) of each participant in the resource assistant 
        or consulting intern program who has been recruited and placed 
        through that organization.
            ``(3) Reporting.--Each participating organization shall be 
        required to submit an annual report evaluating the scope, size, 
        and quality of the program, including the value of work 
        contributed by the resource assistants and consulting interns, 
        to the mission of the agency.''.
    (h) Technical Amendment.--The Act is amended by redesignating 
sections 207 through 211 (16 U.S.C. 1726 through 1730) as sections 209 
through 213, respectively.
    (i) Indian Youth Service Corps.--The Act is amended by inserting 
after section 206 (16 U.S.C. 1725) the following:

``SEC. 207. INDIAN YOUTH SERVICE CORPS.

    ``(a) Authorization of Cooperative Agreements and Competitive 
Grants.--The Secretary is authorized to enter into cooperative 
agreements with, or make competitive grants to, Indian tribes and 
qualified youth or conservation corps for the establishment and 
administration of Indian Youth Service Corps programs to carry out 
appropriate natural and cultural resources conservation projects on 
Indian lands.
    ``(b) Application.--To be eligible to receive assistance under this 
section, an Indian tribe or a qualified youth or conservation corps 
shall submit to the Secretary an application in such manner and 
containing such information as the Secretary may require, including--
            ``(1) a description of the methods by which Indian youth 
        will be recruited for and retained in the Indian Youth Service 
        Corps;
            ``(2) a description of the projects to be carried out by 
        the Indian Youth Service Corps;
            ``(3) a description of how the projects were identified; 
        and
            ``(4) an explanation of the impact of, and the direct 
        community benefits provided by, the proposed projects.''.
    (j) Guidance.--The Act is amended by inserting after section 207 
(as amended by subsection (i)) the following:

``SEC. 208. GUIDANCE.

    ``Not later than 18 months after funds are made available to the 
Secretary to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall issue guidelines 
for the management of programs under the jurisdiction of the Secretary 
that are authorized under this Act.''.
    (k) Living Allowances and Terms of Service.--Section 209 of the Act 
(16 U.S.C. 1726) (as redesignated by subsection (h)) is amended by 
striking subsections (a), (b), and (c) and inserting the following:
    ``(a) Living Allowances.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall provide each Corps 
        participant with a living allowance in an amount established by 
        the Secretary.
            ``(2) Cost-of-living differential; travel costs.--The 
        Secretary may--
                    ``(A) apply a cost-of-living differential to the 
                living allowances established under paragraph (1); and
                    ``(B) if the Secretary determines reimbursement to 
                be appropriate, reimburse Corps participants for travel 
                costs at the beginning and end of the term of service 
                of the Corps participants.
    ``(b) Terms of Service.--
            ``(1) In general.--Each Corps participant shall agree to 
        participate for such term of service as may be established by 
        the Secretary.
            ``(2) Consultations.--With respect to the Indian Youth 
        Service Corps, the term of service shall be established in 
        consultation with the affected Indian tribe or tribally 
        authorized organization.
    ``(c) Hiring Preference and Future Employment.--The Secretary may--
            ``(1) grant to a Corps participant credit for time served 
        as a Corps participant, which may be used toward future Federal 
        hiring;
            ``(2) provide to a former participant of the Corps or the 
        Indian Youth Service Corps noncompetitive hiring status for a 
        period of not more than 2 years after the date on which the 
        service of the candidate in the Corps or the Indian Youth 
        Service Corps was complete, if the candidate--
                    ``(A) has served a minimum of 960 hours on an 
                appropriate natural or cultural resources conservation 
                project that included at least 120 hours through the 
                Corps or the Indian Youth Service Corps; and
                    ``(B) meets Office of Personnel Management 
                qualification standards for the position for which the 
                candidate is applying;
            ``(3) provide to a former resource assistant or consulting 
        intern noncompetitive hiring status for a period of not more 
        than 2 years after the date on which the individual has 
        completed an undergraduate or graduate degree, respectively, 
        from an accredited institution, if the candidate--
                    ``(A) successfully fulfilled the resource assistant 
                or consulting intern program requirements; and
                    ``(B) meets Office of Personnel Management 
                qualification standards for the position for which the 
                candidate is applying; and
            ``(4) provide, or enter into contracts or cooperative 
        agreements with qualified employment agencies to provide, 
        alumni services such as job and education counseling, 
        referrals, verification of service, communications, and other 
        appropriate services to Corps participants who have completed 
        the term of service.''.
    (l) National Service Educational Awards.--Section 210 (16 U.S.C. 
1727) of the Act (as redesignated by subsection (h)) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a) (as amended by subsection (a)(4)), in 
        the first sentence--
                    (A) by striking ``participant in the Corps or a 
                resource assistant'' and inserting ``Corps 
                participant''; and
                    (B) by striking ``participant or resource 
                assistant'' and inserting ``Corps participant''; and
            (2) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) by striking ``either participants in the Corps 
                or resource assistants'' and inserting ``Corps 
                participants''; and
                    (B) by striking ``or a resource assistant''.
    (m) Nondisplacement.--Section 211 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1728) (as 
redesignated by subsection (h)) is amended by striking ``activities 
carried out'' and all that follows through the period and inserting 
``Corps participants.''.
    (n) Funding.--Section 212 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1729) (as 
redesignated by subsection (h)) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1)--
                            (i) in the second sentence, by striking 
                        ``non-federal sources'' and inserting ``sources 
                        other than the Secretary''; and
                            (ii) by inserting after the second sentence 
                        the following: ``The Secretary may pay up to 90 
                        percent of the costs of a project if the 
                        Secretary determines that the reduction is 
                        necessary to enable participation from a 
                        greater range of organizations or 
                        individuals.''; and
                    (B) in paragraph (2), by inserting ``or Indian 
                Youth Service Corps'' after ``Corps'' each place it 
                appears;
            (2) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
    ``(b) Funds Available Under National and Community Service Act.--To 
carry out this Act, the Secretary shall be eligible to apply for and 
receive assistance under section 121(b) of the National and Community 
Service Act (42 U.S.C. 12571(b)).''; and
            (3) in subsection (c)--
                    (A) by striking ``section 211'' and inserting 
                ``section 213''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or Indian Youth Service Corps'' 
                after ``Corps''.
    (o) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 213 of the Act (16 
U.S.C. 1730) (as redesignated by subsection (h)) is amended--
            (1) by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
    ``(a) In General.--There are authorized to be appropriated such 
sums as may be necessary to carry out this Act.'';
            (2) by striking subsection (b); and
            (3) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b).
                                                       Calendar No. 609

111th CONGRESS

  2d Session

                               H. R. 1612

                          [Report No. 111-323]

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                                 AN ACT

To amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization 
   of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior to 
  provide service opportunities for young Americans; help restore the 
nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational and 
 scenic resources; train a new generation of public land managers and 
         enthusiasts; and promote the value of public service.

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                           September 27, 2010

                       Reported with an amendment