Congress a report assessing the feasibility establishing an expedited disability determination
of both active duty and Reserve personnel who suffer from certain disabling diseases or
conditions. The feasibility report study would evaluate various programs for expedited
determinations of disability that are currently carried out by other departments and agencies
to include the Quick Disability Determination program and the Compassionate Allowances
program of the Social Security Administration. If the process is considered feasible and
advisable, the report shall set recommendations on the legislative and administrative actions
Sec. 1048. Fiscal year 2012 Administration and Report on the Troops-to-Teachers Program.
The Secretary of Defense may administer the Troops-to-Teachers Program during fiscal year
2012. Not later than April 1, 2012, the Secretaries of Defense and Education shall jointly
submit a report to Congress a report on the Troops-to-Teachers Program which includes,
among other things: a summary of program funding since its inception and projected funding
covered by the future-years defense program submitted to Congress in 2011; specifics on
program participants; an assessment of the current and anticipated effects of recent economic
circumstances on obtaining teaching positions, and; an assessment as to fulfilling its purpose
as a military transition assistance program.
Sec. 1088. Improving the Transition of Members of the Armed Forces with Experience in the
Operation of Certain Motor Vehicles into Careers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles in
the Private Sector. The Secretaries Defense and Transportation shall jointly conduct a study
to identify the legislative and regulatory actions that can be taken to assist both active duty
and former members of the Armed Forces who operated qualifying motor vehicles in
obtaining commercial driver’s licenses. The study will include, among other things:
Identification of any training, qualifications, or experiences of members of the Armed Forces
that satisfy the minimum standards; Identification of the actions the Secretary of Defense can
take to document or modify the training, qualifications, and experiences of such members,
and; assess of the feasibility and advisability of each of the legislative and regulatory actions
identified under the study to establish such a program.
Sec. 5201. Rural and State Outreach. The Small Business Act, sec. 9 (15 U.S.C. 638) is
amended by adding the following: Federal and State Technology Partnership Program
(FAST) Program. The Administrator shall establish a FAST program to strengthen the
technological competitiveness of small business concerns in the States and shall jointly
review, with program managers, proposals and may make awards or enter into cooperative
agreements. Small businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, among
others, would be eligible to compete for these opportunities.
This bill is in line with DAV Resolution Nos. 171 and 217. H.R. 1540 passed the House on
Wednesday, December 14, 2011, and passed the Senate on Thursday, December 15, 2011. It will
now be sent to the President.