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ETA Seeks Comments on Proposed Extension of 'Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Outreach Reporting'
Jul 24, 2013

The Employment and Training Administration has announced it is seeking comments on the proposed extension of "Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Outreach Reporting."

ETA will use this information collection to ensure that VRAP participants are offered employment services after they complete the program as required in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The program requires agency to offer employment placement services to each veteran who participated in the VRAP within 30 days of their completion or termination.

The Veterans Administration, in collaboration with ETA, is required to submit a report to Congress by July 1, 2014, on the outcomes of the program. The statutorily required report must include the total number of eligible veterans who participated, the associates degrees or certificates awarded (or other similar evidence of the completion of the program of education or training earned), and data related to the employment status of eligible veterans who participated in the program.

The program was authorized to enroll up to 45,000 veterans in Fiscal Year 2012, from July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012, and up to 54,000 additional veterans from October 1, 2012, through October 1, 2013, with all training to conclude no later than March 31, 2014.

VRAP provides up to 12 months of full-time retraining assistance (currently $1,564 per month) in a "high demand" occupation to eligible veterans at a VA approved community college or technical school. VRAP provides the benefit to veterans who fulfill the following eligibility criteria: as of date of application, is at least 35 years old and less than 60; discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable; is unemployed as of date of application; is not eligible to receive other educational assistance from the VA; is not in receipt of compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling by reason of unemployability; was not and is not enrolled in any Federal or State job training program within the previous 180 days; and, the application must be submitted not later than October 1, 2013.

The July 24, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background and instructions for submitting comments.