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Computer Science Federal Bill Tracking Doc
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NumberTitleSummaryChief Sponsors (cosponsors)BipartisanStatusOther Information
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S.153Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers ActThis bill addresses the participation of veterans in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, including by making veterans eligible for certain National Science Foundation (NSF) programs.
The bill directs the NSF to (1) encourage veterans to study and pursue careers in STEM and computer science in coordination with other federal agencies that serve veterans, and (2) submit a plan to Congress for enhancing veterans outreach.
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 Office of Science and Technology Policy shall establish an interagency working group to coordinate federal programs and policies for transitioning and training veterans and military spouses for STEM careers.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (3)YPassed Senate; Passed House by Voice Vote (1.27)Will be law once signed by President
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H.R. 425Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers ActIdenticalRep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) (6)YPassed HouseSee Above
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H.R. 1197Youth Access to American Jobs Act of 2019To establish a pilot program to promote public-private partnerships among apprenticeships or other job training programs, local educational agencies, and community colleges, and for other purposes.

An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall use such grant to carry out a program under which each eligible student participating in the program—
(1) during grades 11 and 12 at a high school served by a local educational agency partner of the eligible entity, enrolls in and completes—
(A) STEM and STEM-focused career and technical education courses; and
(B) courses that prepare such student for community college and a career in a State-identified high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand industry sector or occupation (within the meaning of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as in effect on or after July 1, 2019), or the manufacturing field or other vocational or career and technical education field;
(2) upon graduating from the high school, enrolls, at a community college partner of the eligible entity—
(A) in a course of study related to a career pathway described in paragraph (1)(B); or
(B) in a youth apprenticeship program; and
(3) upon receiving an associate’s degree from the community college, in the case of a student who has not completed the youth apprenticeship program or joint labor-management training program of the eligible entity, enrolls and participates, for at least a 2-year period, in such youth apprenticeship program or joint labor-management training program.
Rick Larsen (D-WA) (19)NIntroduced
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S. 737Building Blocks of STEMAmends the American Innovation and Competiveness Act to include models and tools that
“(A) offering training and professional development programs, including summer or academic year institutes or workshops, designed to strengthen the capabilities of prekindergarten and elementary school teachers and to familiarize such teachers with the role of gender bias in the classroom;
“(B) offering innovative pre-service and in-service programs that instruct teachers on gender-inclusive practices for teaching computing concepts;
“(C) developing distance learning programs for teachers or students, including developing curricular materials, play-based computing activities, and other resources for the in-service professional development of teachers that are made available to teachers through the Internet;
“(D) developing or adapting prekindergarten and elementary school computer science curricular materials that incorporate contemporary research on the science of learning, particularly with respect to gender inclusion;
“(E) developing and offering gender-inclusive computer science enrichment programs for students, including after-school and summer programs;
“(F) providing mentors for female students in prekindergarten through elementary school in person and through the Internet to support such students in participating in computer science activities;
“(G) engaging female students in prekindergarten through elementary school and their guardians about the difficulties faced by such students to maintain an interest in participating in computer science activities;
“(H) acquainting female students in prekindergarten through elementary school with careers in computer science and encouraging such students to consider careers in such field;
“(I) developing tools to evaluate activities conducted under this subsection; and
“(J) any other tools or models the Director determines will accomplish the aim described in paragraph (2)(C).”.
Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) (5)YBecame Public Law No: 116-102
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H.R. 1665Building Blocks of STEMNo longer Identical. Must be reconciled with Senate Version.
Bills have been reconciled and passed both chambers.
Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) (1)YSee S. 737
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H.R. 159121st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities ActAmends Title IV for ESEA to provide grants ($250K annually) to local educational agencies that recieve Title I funding to encourage girls and underrepresented minorities to pursue studies and careers in STEM fields through a variety of activities including tutoring, mentoring, afterschool activities, summer programs field trips, and purchase of materials. The bill does not specifically mention CS.Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) (14)NIntroduced
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S. 129921st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities ActAlmost identical to HR 1591. The bill includes CS as part of STEM.Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)NIntroduced
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S. 777CHANCE in Tech ActThe Secretary of Labor (referred to in this section as “the Secretary”) shall enter into contracts with industry intermediaries for the purpose of promoting the development of and access to apprenticeships in the technology sector.
The Secretary of Education may issue awards, to be known as “CHANCE in TECH Awards for 21st Century Schools”, to schools (referred to in this section as “covered schools”) that—
(1) are secondary schools or junior or community colleges; and
(2) demonstrate high achievement in providing students necessary skills to compete in the 21st century workforce.
(b) Criteria.—In selecting a covered school for an award under subsection (a), the Secretary shall take into account—
(1) the availability of STEM, career and technical education, and computer technology courses at the covered school;
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) (3)YIntroduced
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H.R. 1733CHANCE in Tech ActAlmost identical to S. 777Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) (11)YIntroduced
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H.R. 1485Computer Science for All Act of 2019Defines Computer Science and Computational Thinking. Requires the Secretary of Education to award grants to state, local, and tribal agencies/schools that demonstrate an ability to carry out CS education expansion efforts for all students. Authorizes $250M annually.Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) (15)NIntroduced
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H.R. 1168 WORKER ActAuthorizes Secretary of Education to award grants to elementary and secondary schools to promote engineering education, including coding, through teacher PD and public private partnerships;and expand maker education and maker spaces. Also authorizes an expansion of the registered apprenticeship program at DOL; and creates a new agency focused on distressed communities at the Department of Commerce. Does not specifically mention CS.Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) (8)NIntroduced
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H.R. 3266JROTC Cyber Training ActTo direct the Secretary of Defense to carry out a program to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps for careers in computer science and cybersecurity, and for other purposes. (1) Establishment of targeted internships and cooperative research opportunities in computer science and cybersecurity at defense laboratories and other technical centers for students in and instructors of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
(2) Funding for training and other supports for instructors to teach evidence-based courses in computer science and cybersecurity to students
Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie 9D-TX-70YIntroduced
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S.2154JROTC Cyber Training ActIdentical to HR 3266Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]YIntroduced
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H.R.2740Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020This bill provides FY2020 appropriations to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and related agencies. In accordance with subpart 1 of part F of title IV of the ESEA, bill appropriates $125,000,000 to be used for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, including computer science education grantsRep. DeLauro, Rosa L. (D-CT-3)YPassed HouseSee HR 1865 for further information.
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H.R. 1865Domestic Priorities and International Assistance Appropriations Minibus (FY 2020)Nine division minibus appropriations for FY2020 that includes Labor HHS and Education division. House and Senate appropriators agree to $1.2B level for Title IV, A grant funding (SSAEG) and $65M priority for STEM in EIR grants.Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17); Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)YSigned into lawThis is the FY2020 appropriations deal.
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H.R.2528STEM Opportunities Act of 2019To direct the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to carry out programs and activities to ensure that Federal science agencies and institutions of higher education receiving Federal research and development funding are fully engaging their entire talent pool, and for other purposes. NSF grants shall be awarded to broaden tribal college and university student participation in computer science.Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]YPassed House
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S. 2579STEM Opportunities Act of 2019IdenticalSen. Hirono (D-HI)NIntroduced
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H.R.3808Teacher Education for Computer Science Act (Teach CS Act)To help build a robust pipeline for computer science education to ensure today’s students can be successful and innovative in the workforce. The bill would establish “Centers of Excellence” for teacher education programs in computer science at graduate schools for higher education.Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]YIntroduced
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S.3040Teacher Education for Computer Science Act (Teach CS Act)SameSen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)YIntrooduced
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H.R.3055The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020;The departments and agencies funded in the bill include: the Department of Commerce, the department of Justice; science-related agences, including NASA, NIST, NOAA, NSF, and other science programs within the EPA, NIH, and other agenciesRep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]YBecame Law. This was used as FY20 CR until Dec. 20.See HR 1865 for update on domestic appropriations.
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H.R. 4979Rural STEM Education ActTo direct the Director of the National Science Foundation to support STEM education and workforce development research focused on rural areas, and for other purposes.Rep. Lucas, Frank [R-OK-3]YPasssed House Science Committee
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H.R. 4372Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) STEM Achievement ActThis bill supports efforts to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at minority-serving institutions of higher education (IHEs), including by requiring the National Science Foundation to award grants for building the capacity of such IHEs to increase the number and success of their students in the STEM workforce.Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson [D-TX-30]YPassed House
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H.R. 1158National Security MinibusThe bill funds the new Space Force, a sixth military service that will be established after the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) becomes law.
The Defense Appropriations bill is packaged together with three others — Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Financial Services, and Homeland Security

*includes a provision that would encourage DoD to invest in cybersecurity/CS programs for JROTC programs nationwide and (for SWE) the 12 weeks of paid leave to mothers and fathers of newborns, newly adopted children or foster children
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17); Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)YSigned into lawThis is the FY2020 appropriations deal.
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