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NET Gain No. 22:
Federal Legislation
(November/December 1998)

Major federal legislation impacting vocational education programs is available on the Web. This issue details some of those sites, including The Library of Congress's Thomas site, which offers full text. Other organizations post summaries, the full text of legislation in different formats and ongoing legislative alerts.

Perkins III[Added after publication of the Techniques issue]
   The full text of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act amendments of 1998 (H.R. 1853, October 1998) is on Thomas at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c105:H.R.1853.ENR:. Also see the U.S. Department of Education / OVAE's legislation page.

Workforce Investment
   The Workforce Investment Act (Public Law 105-220, August 1998) is available in full text on Thomas at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c105:H.R.1385.ENR:. The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has useful supporting documents--including a summary of the act's workforce development provisions and a table summarizing the differences between this act and current law--that are accessible from the ETA's site at http://doleta.wdsc.org/whatsnew/.

Welfare-to-Work
   The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Public Law 104-193, August 1996) is on Thomas at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c104:H.R.3734.ENR:. Section 5001 of 1997's Balanced Budget Act (Public Law 105-33, August 1997), which specifies funding for the reconciliation act, is available from the Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies at www.icesa.org/national/docs/welbudg.htm.

School-to-Work
   The School-to-Work Opportunities Act (Public Law 103-239, May 1994) is available on Thomas, but more flexible versions are posted on the School-to-Work Learning and Information Center site at http://stw.ed.gov/factsht/act.htm and the Department of Labor's Technology Training Resource Center at www.ttrc.doleta.gov/common/legislation/stwoa-toc-all.html.

Perkins
   The full text of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act amendments of 1990 (Public Law 101-392, September 1990) is on Thomas at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c101:H.R.7.ENR:.

Organizational Legislation Pages
   The legislation or government relations sites from the following organizations contain updates about recent and pending legislation: the Department of Labor Technology Training Resource Center (www.ttrc.doleta.gov/common/legislation), the School-to-Work Learning and Information Center (www.stw.ed.gov/general/general.htm#Legislation), the American Vocational Association (www.avaonline.org/LEGISLTE.HTM) and the American Association of Community Colleges (http://www.aacc.nche.edu/leg/legislative.htm).


  This "NET Gain" was compiled by David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online version of this column will be available on the NCRVE World Wide Web server (http://ncrve.berkeley.edu/NetGain/). Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about others they find useful.
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