Special Report - Senate FY 2011 Departments of Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations and California Implications - August 2010


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


        On July 29, 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported S. 3686 (S.Rpt. 111-243), the Fiscal Year 2011 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations by a vote of 18-12. The bill provides $731,887,000,000 for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services [HHS], and Education, and Related Agencies. Of this amount, $169,626,000,000 is current year discretionary funding, including offsets. The bill provides discretionary program level funding of $13,919,000,000 for the Department of Labor, $74,566,000,000 for the Department of HHS, $66,415,000,000 for the Department of Education and $14,726,000,000 for related agencies. The comparable fiscal year 2010 levels were $13,696,000,000 for Labor, $72,424,000,000 for HHS, $63,717,000,000 for Education and $13,890,000,000 for related agencies..

        This document provides a California-oriented analysis of the appropriations prepared by the staff of the California Institute for Federal Policy Research. It is available on the Institute’s website at:

 http://www.calinst.org/pubs/laborhed11senate.shtml or alternatively in pdf format at http://www.calinst.org/pubs/laborhed11senate.pdf


DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

        Employment and Training Administration

        The Committee recommends $3,877,478,000 for this account, which provides funding primarily for activities under the Workforce Investment Act [WIA]. The fiscal year 2010 comparable amount is $3,828,530,000 and the budget request provides $3,925,475,000 for this purpose.


        Grants to States

        The Committee recommends $3,133,031,000 for Training and Employment Services Grants to States, including a total of $185,000,000 for the Workforce Innovation Fund. The fiscal year 2010 comparable amount is $2,969,449,000 and the budget request provides $3,178,031,000 for this purpose.


        Adult Employment and Training

        For Adult Employment and Training activities, the Committee recommends $896,884,000. The fiscal year 2010 comparable amount is $861,540,000 and the budget request provides $906,884,000 for this purpose. This program is formula-funded to States and further distributed to local workforce investment boards.


Youth Training

        For Youth Training, the Committee recommends $995,000,000. The fiscal year 2010 comparable amount is $924,069,000 and the budget request provides $1,025,000,000 for this purpose.


Dislocated Worker Assistance

        For Dislocated Worker Assistance, the Committee recommends $1,241,147,000. The fiscal year 2010 comparable amount is $1,183,840,000 and the budget request provides $1,246,147,000 for this purpose. This program is a State-operated effort that provides core and intensive services, training, and support to help permanently separated workers return to unsubsidized employment.


Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Programs

        The Committee recommends $87,378,000, the same amount as the budget request, for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level is $84,620,000 for this program.

        The Committee recommendation provides that $80,868,000 be used for State service area grants. The Committee recommendation also includes bill language directing that $6,000,000 be used for migrant and seasonal farmworker housing grants, of which not less than 70 percent shall be for permanent housing.


National Activities - Pilots, Demonstrations, and Research

        The Committee recommends $73,559,000 for pilots, demonstration and research authorized by section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level is $93,450,000 and the budget request includes $46,556,000 for this purpose. Included are the following California projects:

        - Peralta Community College District, Oakland, CA, for the East Bay Green Jobs Project - $500,000

        - San Mateo County Community College District, San Mateo, CA, for curriculum development, job placement and job retention services at the Allied Health Career Advancement Academy - $150,000

        - Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, San Francisco, CA, for an economic self sufficiency program for low-income women - $100,000


State Paid Leave Fund

        The Committee recommends $10,000,000 for the State Paid Leave Fund, which is a new FY11 program. The budget request includes $50,000,000 for the Fund. The Fund will provide competitive grants to help States establish paid leave programs. Currently, California, New Jersey, and Washington have passed legislation to offer such programs, which are called family leave insurance. Typically, the programs offer up to 6 weeks of benefits to workers who must take time off to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, or parent, or to bond with a newborn or recently adopted child. The programs are typically employee funded through small payroll premiums. Grants will support State start-up activities relating to the implementation of paid leave programs, such as program infrastructure in States that have passed but not implemented paid leave programs.


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Community Health Centers

        The Committee provides $2,185,146,000 in this bill for the community health centers program. Combined with the $1,000,000,000 appropriated for fiscal year 2011 in Public Law 111–152, the fiscal year 2011 program level totals $3,185,146,000. The fiscal year 2010 comparable program level was $2,185,146,000. The budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $2,479,993,000. This group of programs includes community health centers, migrant health centers, healthcare for the homeless, and public housing health service grants.


Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

        The Committee provides $673,187,000 for the maternal and child health [MCH] block grant, the same as the budget request for fiscal year 2011. The fiscal year 2010 comparable level was $660,710,000. The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program provides a flexible source of funding that allows States to target their most urgent maternal and child health needs through development of community-based networks of preventive and primary care that coordinate and integrate public and private sector resources and programs for pregnant women, mothers, infants, children, and adolescents.


Healthy Start

        The Committee provides $103,200,000 for the Healthy Start infant mortality initiative. The fiscal year 2010 comparable level was $104,776,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $110,186,000.


Ryan White AIDS Programs

        The Committee provides $2,340,345,000 for Ryan White AIDS programs. The recommendation includes $25,000,000 in transfers available under section 241 of the Public Health Service Act. The fiscal year 2010 comparable level was $2,312,179,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $2,330,401,000.


Emergency Assistance

        The Committee provides $679,074,000 for emergency assistance grants to eligible metropolitan areas disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This amount is the same as the fiscal year 2010 comparable level and the budget request for fiscal year 2011. Grants are provided to metropolitan areas meeting certain criteria. Two-thirds of the funds are awarded by formula and the remainder is awarded through supplemental competitive grants.


Healthcare-Related Facilities and Activities

        The Committee provides $156,329,000 for the construction and renovation (including equipment) of healthcare-related facilities and other healthcare-related activities. In fiscal year 2010, $337,300,000 was provided and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 included $100,000,000 for these activities. Included in the funding are the following California projects:

        - Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA, for facilities and equipment - $775,000

        - County of Riverside, Moreno Valley, CA, for facilities and equipment related to trauma care - $1,000,000

        - Los Angeles Community College District, Los Angeles, CA, for health professions training, including equipment - $150,000

        - Tulare Regional Medical Center, Tulare, CA, for facilities and equipment - $550,000

        - University of California Davis Medical Center, Davis, CA, for facilities and equipment - $500,000

        - University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, for facilities and equipment at the School of Medicine - $750,000


National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

        Community Grants

        The Committee includes $308,978,000 for community grants, including $270,000,000 in transfers from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. This amount includes $220,000,000 for the community transformation grants authorized under section 4201 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [PPACA] and $88,978,000 for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health [REACH] program.

        State Grants

        The Committee recommendation includes $251,000,000, including $140,000,000 from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, to create a Chronic Disease block grant. Of this amount, $25,000,000 is available until September 30, 2012. Included in this block grant are existing State grant programs on diabetes; heart disease, and stroke; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; arthritis; and school health, which totaled $111,000,000 in fiscal year 2010. Sufficient funding is included at the Committee recommended level for every State to receive more funding from the block grant than it currently receives from the individual programs combined. Of the amounts provided, $226,000,000 shall be awarded by formula based on rates of chronic disease and population to create and implement a comprehensive chronic disease plan. No State shall receive less than $2,000,000. In addition, $25,000,000 shall be awarded competitively for bonus payments.


Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant

        The Committee provides $102,034,000, the same as the fiscal year 2011 budget request, for the Preventive Health and Health Services block grant. The fiscal year 2010 comparable level was $102,019,000. The block grant provides funding for primary prevention activities and health services that address urgent health problems in local communities. This flexible source of funding can be used to target concerns where other funds do not exist or where they are inadequate to address the extent of the health problem. The grants are made to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, two American Indian tribes, and eight U.S. territories.


National Institutes of Health

        The Committee recommends an overall funding level for the National Institutes of Health [NIH] of $32,007,237,000, the same as the budget request. This amount is $1,002,036,000 more than the fiscal year 2010 level.


Center for Mental Health Services - Programs of Regional and National Significance

        The Committee recommends $386,309,000 for programs of regional and national significance. The comparable level for fiscal year 2010 is $361,352,000 and the administration request is $374,184,000. In addition, the Committee recommends that $40,000,000 be transferred to this activity from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Programs of regional and national significance [PRNS] address priority mental health needs through developing and applying best practices, offering training and technical assistance, providing targeted capacity expansion grants, and changing the delivery system through family, client-oriented and consumer run activities. Included in the funding is the following California project:

        - Family Service Agency of Marin County, San Rafael, CA, for suicide prevention and mental health services - $250,000


Community Mental Health Services Block Grant

        The Committee recommends $420,774,000 for the community mental health services block grant. This amount is the same as the comparable fiscal year 2010 level and the administration request. The recommendation includes $21,039,000 in transfers available under section 241 of the Public Health Service Act. The community mental health services block grant distributes

funds to 59 eligible States and territories through a formula based on specified economic and demographic factors. Grant applications must include an annual plan for providing comprehensive community mental health services to adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -Grants to States for Medicaid

        The Committee recommends $173,143,799,000 in mandatory funding for Grants to States for Medicaid. This is the same amount as the administration’s request for fiscal year 2011. The fiscal year 2010 comparable level was $220,962,473,000. The fiscal year 2011 recommendation excludes $86,789,382,000 in fiscal year 2010 advance appropriations for fiscal year 2011. In addition, $86,445,289,000 is provided for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, as requested by the administration.


Administration for Children and Families - Payments to States for Child Support Enforcement and Family Support Programs

        The Committee recommends $2,482,814,000 in fiscal year 2011 mandatory funds for payments to States for child support enforcement and family support programs. This is in addition to the $1,100,000,000 appropriated last year as an advance appropriation for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011. The Committee recommendation is the same as the budget request under current law. The comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level is $3,788,449,000, which included costs from an enhanced Federal matching provision in the Recovery Act that expires on September 30, 2010. In addition, the Committee recommends $1,200,000,000, the same as the budget request, in advance funding for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. These payments support the States’ efforts to promote the self-sufficiency and economic security of low-income families. These funds also support efforts to locate noncustodial parents, determine paternity when necessary, and establish and enforce orders of support.


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

        The Committee recommends $3,300,000,000, the same as the budget request, in discretionary funding for fiscal year 2011 for the low income home energy assistance program [LIHEAP]. The comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level is $5,099,223,000.


Payments to States for the Child Care and Development Block Grant

        The Committee recommends $3,127,081,000 for the child care and development block grant [CCDBG]. The budget request is $2,927,081,000 and the comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level is $2,126,757,000. The Recovery Act included an additional $2,000,000,000 for the CCDBG, available through fiscal year 2010. The CCDBG is a formula grant to States to provide low-income families with financial assistance to pay for child care. It also supports quality improvement activities to increase availability and access to quality child care.

        The Committee Report states: “In addition to these discretionary funds, States receive mandatory funding through the child care entitlement to States program. The authorization for these mandatory funds expires at the end of fiscal year 2010. The budget request includes a proposal to increase this mandatory funding by $800,000,000, but it is unclear whether this increase will be included in the CCDBG reauthorization. Without such an increase, States would be forced to cut child care subsidies to the low-income families that depend on them to maintain employment because Recovery Act funding will no longer be available. The $200,000,000 increase recommended by the Committee would prevent such a cut and maintain the fiscal year 2010 program level which included Recovery Act funding.”


Social Services Block Grant

        The Committee recommends $1,700,000,000 in mandatory funds for fiscal year 2011 for the social services block grant [SSBG]. This amount is the same as the comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level and the budget request. The SSBG is a flexible source of funding that allows States to provide a diverse array of services to low income children and families, the disabled and the elderly.


Children and Family Services Programs

        The Committee recommends $10,359,727,000 for fiscal year 2011 for children and families services programs. The comparable funding level for fiscal year 2010 is $9,313,180,000 and the budget request is $10,312,070,000. The recommendation includes an additional $5,762,000 in transfers available under section 241 of the Public Health Service Act.

        Head Start - The Committee recommends $8,223,958,000, the same as the budget request, for Head Start. The comparable funding level for fiscal year 2010 is $7,233,680,000. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) included $2,100,000,000 for Head Start, available through fiscal year 2010.

        Child Abuse Programs - The Committee recommends $105,519,000 for child abuse programs. The comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level is $97,244,000 and the budget request is $107,244,000. The recommendation includes $26,535,000 for State grants, $37,295,000 for discretionary activities, and $41,689,000 for community-based child abuse prevention. Within the funding provided is the following California project:

        - County of Contra Costa, Martinez, CA, for an initiative for children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence - $350,000

        Social Services Research - The Committee recommends $9,738,000 for social services research, which includes $5,762,000 in transfers available under section 241 of the Public Health Service [PHS] Act. The comparable funding level for fiscal year 2010 is $19,610,000, which includes $5,762,000 in transfers available under section 241 of the PHS Act. The budget request is $8,762,000, which also includes $5,762,000 in transfers available under the PHS Act. Included in the funding are the following California projects:

        - City of Tracy, CA, for gang-outreach, intervention, prevention, and educational assistance programs - $300,000

        - United Ways of California, South Pasadena, CA, for expanding 2–1–1 services - $750,000

        Community Services

        The Committee recommends $791,669,000 for community services programs. The comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level is $772,551,000 and the fiscal year 2011 budget request is $760,025,000. Within the total for community services programs, the Committee recommendation includes the amounts specified below. The Committee recommendation includes $700,000,000 for the community services block grant [CSBG]. This amount is the same as the comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level and the fiscal year 2011 budget request. The CSBG is used to make formula grants to States and Indian tribes to provide a wide range of services and activities to alleviate causes of poverty in communities and to assist low-income individuals in becoming self-sufficient.


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Education for the Disadvantaged

        The Committee recommends an appropriation of $16,726,579,000 for education for the disadvantaged. The budget request is $15,883,434,000. The fiscal year 2010 appropriation is $15,914,666,000.


Grants to Local Educational Agencies

        Title I grants to local educational agencies [LEAs] provide supplemental education funding, especially in high-poverty areas, for local programs that provide extra academic support to help raise the achievement of eligible students or, in the case of schoolwide programs, help all students in high-poverty schools meet challenging State academic standards. The Committee recommends $14,942,401,000 for this program. The budget request was $14,492,401,000, which was the same amount as the fiscal year 2010 appropriation.

        Title I grants are distributed through four formulas: basic, concentration, targeted, and education finance incentive grant [EFIG]. For title I basic grants, including up to $4,000,000 transferred to the Census Bureau for poverty updates, the Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,597,946,000. This amount is the same as the budget request and the fiscal year 2010 appropriation.

        For concentration grants, the Committee recommends $1,365,031,000. This amount is the same as the budget request and the fiscal year 2010 level.

        For grants through the targeted formula, the Committee recommends $3,489,712,000. The budget request and the amount in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill are $3,264,712,000.

        Finally, for grants through the EFIG formula, the Committee recommends $3,489,712,000. The budget request and the amount in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill are $3,264,712,000.

        Of the funds available for title I grants to LEAs, up to $4,000,000 shall be available on October 1, 2010, not less than $3,145,801,000 will become available on July 1, 2011, and $10,841,176,000 will become available on October 1, 2011. The funds that become available on July 1, 2011, and October 1, 2011, will remain available for obligation through September 30, 2012.


School Improvement Grants

        The Committee recommendation includes $625,000,000 for the School Improvement Grants program. The budget request is $900,000,000 and the fiscal year 2010 appropriation is $545,633,000. The Committee continues language from the fiscal year 2010 act that addresses several issues. First, it continues the expansion of the number of schools that may receive funds through the program. This language allows schools to be eligible if they are title I-eligible and have not made adequate yearly progress for at least 2 years or are in the State’s lowest quintile of performance based on proficiency rates. Second, language also allows States to make subgrants of not more than $2,000,000 to each participating school.


Impact Aid

        The Committee recommends $1,296,183,000 for impact aid. The budget request proposes $1,276,183,000, the same amount as the fiscal year 2010 appropriation, for this program.


School Improvement Programs

        The Committee recommendation includes $5,388,173,000 for school improvement programs. The budget request is $3,120,094,000. The fiscal year 2010 appropriation is $5,228,444,000. The President’s budget for fiscal year 2011 was based on the administration’s proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA]. While the authorizing committees have taken significant actions to reauthorize the act, legislation has not yet passed the Senate. As a result, programs in this account are based generally on current law, as authorized under the ESEA.


State Grants for Improving Teacher Quality

        The Committee recommends $2,954,673,000 for State grants for improving teacher quality. The fiscal year 2010 appropriation is $2,947,749,000 for this program. The budget request proposes $2,500,000,000 for a new effective teacher and leaders State grants program within the Innovation and Improvement account.


Mathematics and Science Partnerships

        The Committee recommends $180,478,000, the same amount as the fiscal year 2010 level, for the mathematics and science partnerships program. The budget proposes $300,000,000 for a new Effective Teaching and Learning: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics program.


Educational Technology State Grants

        The Committee recommends $100,000,000, the same amount as the fiscal year 2010 appropriation, for educational technology State grants. The budget requests no funds for this program. Instead, the budget supports the integrated use of technology through the Effective Teaching and Learning for a Complete Education program.


21st Century Community Learning Centers

        The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,266,166,000 for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The budget request and the fiscal year 2010 level are both $1,166,166,000 for this program.


Innovation and Improvement

        The Committee recommendation includes $2,224,843,000 for programs within the innovation and improvement account. The budget request is $6,332,278,000 for related activities. The fiscal year 2010 appropriation is $1,379,065,000 for programs in this account.


Race to the Top

        The Committee recommends $675,000,000 for the Race to the Top program, established under ARRA. The budget request includes $1,350,000,000 for this purpose. No funds were included in the fiscal year 2010 bill for this activity. These funds are available for obligation on July 1, 2011 and will remain available through September 30, 2012. The Report states: “While the amount provided in this bill is less than the administration’s request of $1,350,000,000, the Committee believes this funding level will sustain the education reform momentum created by the Recovery Act.”


Fund for the Improvement of Education

        The Committee recommends an appropriation of $178,987,000 for the Fund for the Improvement of Education [FIE]. The fiscal year 2010 appropriation is $261,570,000, and the budget request is $27,278,000 for this purpose. Included in the funding are the following California projects:

        - Eden Housing, Hayward, CA, for support of an after school program - $450,000

        - Educating Young Minds, Los Angeles, CA, for educational programming, which may include the acquisition of technology - $175,000

        - Give Every Child A Chance, Manteca, CA, for the expansion of the Give Every Child A Chance program - $300,000

        - Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, CA, for the core arts and language project for at-risk youth- $300,000

        - Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA, for the Oakland Truancy Intervention and Educational Support Program- $300,000

        - San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, San Francisco, CA, for a college preparatory program, in partnership with College Track - $250,000


English Language Acquisition

        The Committee recommends an appropriation of $800,000,000, the same amount as the budget request, for English language acquisition. The fiscal year 2010 appropriation is $750,000,000 for this program. The President’s budget for fiscal year 2011 is based on the administration’s proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. While the authorizing committees have taken significant actions to reauthorize the act, legislation has not yet passed the Senate. As a result, programs in this account are based generally on current law, as authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Department makes formula grants to States based on each State’s share of the Nation’s limited-English-proficient and recent immigrant student population. The program is designed to increase the capacity of States and school districts to address the needs of these students.


Special Education

        The Committee recommends $13,035,490,000 for special education programs authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] and the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004. The fiscal year 2010 funding level is $12,587,035,000. The budget request includes $12,846,190,000 for such programs and proposed legislation.

        Grants to States - The Committee recommends $11,925,211,000 for special education grants to States, as authorized under section 611 of part B of the IDEA. The budget request proposes $11,755,211,000 under this authority. The fiscal year 2010 level is $11,505,211,000 for this program.


Student Financial Assistance

        The Committee recommends an appropriation of $19,453,809,000 for programs under the student financial assistance account. The fiscal year 2010 comparable amount is $19,296,809,000. The budget request provides $19,389,957,000 for this purpose, but most of these funds were part of the administration’s proposal to make Pell Grants a mandatory program. Congress, through the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, continued the mix of discretionary and mandatory funding that existed prior to the enactment of that legislation.


Federal Pell Grant Program

        For Pell Grant awards in the 2011–2012 academic year, the Committee recommends $17,652,000,000 to fund the maximum discretionary Pell Grant award level of $4,860. This is the same discretionary award level as fiscal year 2010. Additional mandatory funding provided in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 would support a total maximum award of $5,550, the same level as the current academic year. The President’s budget proposal for a mandatory Pell Grant program supports a maximum award level of $5,710.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

        The Committee recommends $757,465,000 for Federal supplemental educational opportunity grants [SEOG]. This is the same amount as the fiscal year 2010 level and the budget request. This program provides funds to postsecondary institutions for need-based grants to undergraduate students. Institutions must contribute 25 percent toward SEOG awards, which are subject to a maximum grant level of $4,000. School financial aid officers have flexibility to determine student awards, though they must give priority to Pell Grant recipients with exceptional need.


Federal Work-study Programs

        The Committee bill provides $980,492,000 for the Federal workstudy program. This is the same amount as the comparable fiscal year 2010 level and the budget request.


Federal Perkins Loans

        The Federal Perkins loan program supports student loan revolving funds built up with capital contributions to nearly 1,700 participating institutions. Institutions use these revolving funds, which also include Federal capital contributions [FCC], institutional contributions equal to one-third of the FCC, and student repayments, to provide low-interest (5 percent) loans that help financially needy students pay the costs of post-secondary education. The Committee recommends no funds for the Perkins Loans program, as is the case in fiscal year 2010. The administration has proposed to restructure the Perkins Loan program as a mandatory credit program, with nearly $6,000,000,000 a year in new loan volume – six times the current Perkins volume. Congress has not acted on that proposal.


Higher Education

        The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,243,895,000 for higher education programs. The fiscal year 2010 level is $2,255,665,000 and the fiscal year 2011 requested level is $2,094,825,000 for programs in this account.


Off-campus Community Service Program

        Within the total for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the Committee recommendation includes $750,000, the same amount as the fiscal year 2010 level, for the off-campus community service program authorized under section 447 of the Higher Education Act. The budget request does not include funds for this purpose. Within the funds provided are the following California projects:

        - California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Sacramento, CA, to expand a program providing academic support to veterans - $500,000

        - California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA, for support of the nursing program - $150,000

        - California State University, Long Beach, CA, for staff resources for the Metro Academies Initiative - $350,000

        - California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, for the Veterans Education Transitional Supports program - $150,000

        - Deaf West, North Hollywood, CA, for educational programming - $250,000

        - Imperial Valley Community College District, Imperial, CA, for an English Language Immersion program - $200,000


Federal TRIO Programs

        The Committee recommends $868,089,000 for Federal TRIO Programs. The comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level and budget request are $853,089,000. TRIO programs provide a variety of services to improve postsecondary education opportunities for low-income individuals and first-generation college students:


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs [GEAR UP]

        The Committee recommends $323,212,000 for GEAR UP. This amount is the same as the comparable fiscal year 2010 funding level and the budget request. Under this program, funds are used by States and partnerships of colleges, middle and high schools, and community organizations to assist cohorts or students in middle and high schools serving a high percentage of low-income students. Services provided help students prepare for and pursue a postsecondary education.