Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook's Veterans Job Training Bill Passes House

Feb 9, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Today, the House passed legislation that included Rep. Paul Cook’s (R-Apple Valley) Veterans Employment and Training Service Longitudinal Study Act. The bill language ensures veterans receive effective job training services. The language was passed as part of a larger veterans’ bill, H.R. 3016, the Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act.

Rep. Cook’s language authorizes an independent organization to collect and analyze data on the effectiveness of the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment Training Service (VETS). The study will focus on veterans who have received intensive services from two programs under VETS, the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER).

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans. Their primary focus is on veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans and veterans with barriers to employment. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employers and focus on increasing and promoting the hiring of veterans.

The study will track the employment status of veterans who have received these services, determine if the program contributed to their employment, monitor the employment retention rate, and determine if the services provided helped them increase their average earnings. A report on the findings will be presented to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the House and Senate every year for the next five years. The study’s findings will allow Congress to make improvements to these programs and more efficiently spend taxpayer dollars.

Cook said, “Congress has a duty to provide our veterans with the best employment services possible. We can’t just authorize these programs and hope they work; we have to follow up and ensure that they’re working as they were intended to. This analysis of long-term outcomes is precisely the type of oversight Congress needs to determine the effectiveness of these programs and to ensure long-term success for our nation’s heroes. They deserve nothing less. I want to thank my colleagues in the House on both sides of the aisle for passing this crucial legislation today."