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H.R.6655 - Protect Our Kids Act of 2012
To establish a commission to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect.
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SECTION 1. COMMISSION.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(3) according to the Child Maltreatment Report of 2011, in fiscal year 2011, 1,545 children in the United States are reported to have died from child abuse and neglect, and many experts believe that the actual number may be significantly more;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) of the children who died in fiscal year 2011, 70 percent suffered neglect either exclusively or in combination with another maltreatment type and 48 percent suffered physical abuse either exclusively or in combination;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) increased understanding of deaths from child abuse and neglect can lead to improvement in agency systems and practices to protect children and prevent child abuse and neglect; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) providing States with flexibility through the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011 to operate child welfare demonstration projects to test services focused on preventing abuse and neglect and ensuring that children remain safely in their own homes;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) providing funding through the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 for services and activities to enhance the safety of children who are at risk of being placed in foster care as a result of a parent’s substance abuse;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) providing funding through the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 for grants to facilitate activities such as family group decisionmaking meetings and residential family treatment programs to support parents in caring for their children; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) requiring States through the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011 to describe how they will improve the quality of data collected on fatalities from child abuse and neglect.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION.
(xi) academia at an institution of higher education, as that term is defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (
(xvi) education at an elementary school or secondary school, as those terms are defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
(C) DIVERSITY OF QUALIFICATIONS- In making appointments to the Commission under subparagraph (A), the President and the congressional leaders shall make every effort to select individuals whose qualifications are not already represented by other members of the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Period of Appointment; Vacancies- Members shall be appointed for the life of the Commission. Any vacancy in the Commission shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Initial Meeting- Not later than 60 days after the date on which a majority of the members of the Commission have been appointed, the Commission shall hold its first meeting.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall conduct a thorough study on the use of child protective services and child welfare services funded under title IV and subtitle A of title XX of the Social Security Act to reduce fatalities from child abuse and neglect.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) the effectiveness of the services described in paragraph (1) and best practices in preventing child and youth fatalities that are intentionally caused or that occur due to negligence, neglect, or a failure to exercise proper care;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) the effectiveness of Federal, State, and local policies and systems within such services aimed at collecting accurate, uniform data on child fatalities in a coordinated fashion, including the identification of the most and least effective policies and systems in practice;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) the current (as of the date of the study) barriers to preventing fatalities from child abuse and neglect, and how to improve efficiency to improve child welfare outcomes;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) trends in demographic and other risk factors that are predictive of or correlated with child maltreatment, such as age of the child, child behavior, family structure, parental stress, and poverty;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) all current (as of the date of the study) research and documentation, including the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being and research and recommendations from the Government Accountability Office, to identify lessons, solutions, and needed improvements related to reducing fatalities from child abuse and neglect; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) develop recommendations to reduce fatalities from child abuse and neglect for Federal, State, and local agencies, and private sector and nonprofit organizations, including recommendations to implement a comprehensive national strategy for such purpose; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 2 years after the date on which a majority of the members of the Commission have been appointed, the Commission shall submit a report to the President and Congress, which shall contain a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Commission, together with its recommendations for such legislation and administrative actions as it considers appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) ONLINE ACCESS- The Commission shall make the report under paragraph (1) available on the publicly available Internet Web site of the Department of Health and Human Services.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Commission may hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Commission considers advisable to carry out this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Information From Federal Agencies- The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the Commission considers necessary to carry out this Act. Upon request of the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Postal Services- The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of the Federal Government.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. COMMISSION PERSONNEL MATTERS.
(a) Travel Expenses- The members of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- The Chairperson of the Commission may, without regard to the civil service laws and regulations, appoint and terminate an executive director and such other additional personnel as may be necessary to enable the Commission to perform its duties. The employment of an executive director shall be subject to confirmation by the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) COMPENSATION- The Chairperson of the Commission may fix the compensation of the executive director and other personnel without regard to chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates, except that the rate of pay for the executive director and other personnel may not exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of such title.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Detail of Government Employees- At the discretion of the relevant agency, any Federal Government employee may be detailed to the Commission without reimbursement, and such detail shall be without interruption or loss of civil service status or privilege.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Procurement of Temporary and Intermittent Services- The Chairperson of the Commission may procure temporary and intermittent services under
SEC. 7. TERMINATION OF THE COMMISSION.
SEC. 8. FEDERAL AGENCY RESPONSE.
Not later than 6 months after the submission of the report required under section 4(d), any Federal agency that is affected by a recommendation described in the report shall submit to Congress a report containing the response of the Federal agency to the recommendation and the plans of the Federal agency to address the recommendation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 9. ADJUSTMENT TO THE TANF CONTINGENCY FUND FOR STATE WELFARE PROGRAMS.
(a) In General- Section 403(b)(2) of the Social Security Act (
(b) Prevention of Duplicate Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013- Expenditures made pursuant to section 148 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, for fiscal year 2013, shall be charged to theCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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