Imatges de pÓgina
PDF
EPUB

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO PRO-

TECT US: PUBLIC SECTOR COMPLIANCE WITH
THE UNIFORMED SERVICES EMPLOYMENT AND
REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ACT AND IMPROVE-
MENT OF THE SERVICEMEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF
ACT

[blocks in formation]

Printed for the use of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Serial No. 108–46

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

99-987PDF

WASHINGTON : 2005

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office
Internet: bookstore.gpo.gov Phone: toll free (866) 512–1800; DC area (202) 512–1800

Fax: (202) 512–2250 Mail: Stop SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-0001

COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS

CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH, New Jersey, Chairman MICHAEL BILIRAKIS, Florida

LANE EVANS, Illinois TERRY EVERETT, Alabama

BOB FILNER, California STEVE BUYER, Indiana

LUIS V. GUTIERREZ, Illinois JACK QUINN, New York

CORRINE BROWN, Florida CLIFF STEARNS, Florida

VIC SNYDER, Arkansas JERRY MORAN, Kansas

CIRO D. RODRIGUEZ, Texas RICHARD H. BAKER, Louisiana

MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine ROB SIMMONS, Connecticut

DARLENE HOOLEY, Oregon HENRY E. BROWN, JR., South Carolina TED STRICKLAND, Ohio JEFF MILLER, Florida

SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada JOHN BOOZMAN, Arkansas

TOM UDALL, New Mexico JEB BRADLEY, New Hampshire

SUSAN A. DAVIS, California BOB BEAUPREZ, Colorado

TIM RYAN, Ohio
GINNY BROWN-WAITE, Florida

STEPHANIE HERSETH, South Dakota
RICK RENZI, Arizona
TIM MURPHY, Pennsylvania

[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small]

LL

KF 27
.14

2004b

Copy 1

25
134

23
124

6

106

WITNESSES

Blair, Dan J., Deputy Director, Office of Personnel Management, accompanied

by Michael Mahoney, Staffing Group Manager, Office of Personnel Manage-
ment

Prepared statement of Mr. Blair
Bloch, Scott J., Special Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel

Prepared statement of Mr. Bloch
Bradley, Hon. Jeb, a Representative in Congress from the State of New

Hampshire

Prepared statement of Congressman Bradley
Brown-Waite, Hon. Ginny, a Representative in Congress from the State of

Florida

Prepared statement of Congresswoman Brown-Waite

Burris, Jason, Corporal, Oregon National Guard

Prepared statement of Mr. Burris

Ciccolella, Charles, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Employment and
Training Service, Department of Labor

Prepared statement of Mr. Ciccolella
Cox, Col. Brarry, Director, Military Member Support and Ombudsman Serv-
ices, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Prepared statement of Colonel Cox

Duehring, Craig W., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for

Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense

Prepared statement of Secretary Duehring

Iglesias, David C., United States Attorney, District of Mexico, Department

of Justice

Prepared statement of Captain Iglesias

Kaplan, Judithe Hanover, Former Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve

Prepared statement of Dr. Kaplan
Kimmel, Tammy M., military spouse, Killeen, TX

Prepared statement of Ms. Kimmel

McGovern, Hon. James P., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Massachusetts

Prepared statement of Congressman McGovern

Moakler, Kathleen B., Deputy Director, Government Relations, The National

Military Family Association

63
150

..

66
167

59

141

16
120

13
116

206

Moakler, Kathleen B., Deputy Director, Government Relations, The National
Military Family Association Continued

Prepared statement of Ms. Moakler
Norton, Col. Robert F., U.S. Army (ret.), Deputy Director, Government Rela-
tions, The Military Officers Association of America

Prepared statement of Colonel Norton
Quinn, Pat, Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

Prepared statement of Lieutenant Governor Quinn, with attachments
Saunders, Margot, Managing Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

Prepared statement of Ms. Saunders

Slaughter, Hon. Louise M., a Representative in Congress from the State

of New York

Van Sickle, Harry, Commissioner, Union County, Pennsylvania and Chair

of the Labor and Employment Steering Committee of the National Associa-

tion of Counties (NAČO)

Prepared statement of Mr. Van Sickle

77
198

73
176

81
213

31

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO
PROTECT US: PUBLIC SECTOR COMPLIANCE
WITH THE UNIFORMED SERVICES EMPLOY-
MENT AND REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ACT
AND
IMPROVEMENT OF

THE SERVICEMEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF ACT

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:05 a.m., in room 334, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. Christopher Smith (chairman of the committee) presiding.

Present: Representatives Smith, Quinn, Brown, Boozman, Bradley, Beauprez, Brown-Waite, Evans, Hooley, Strickland, Udall, Davis, and Herseth.

as

OPENING STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN SMITH The CHAIRMAN. The hearing will come to order.

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Today's hearing is entitled "Protecting the Rights of Those Who Protect Us.” We'll examine how well the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, commonly known as USERRA, as well the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, are operating to protect our servicemembers called to active duty.

These two major Federal statutes are designed to protect the legal, financial, and job rights of active duty Guard and Reserve members of our armed forces that could be adversely affected by their service.

Both of these laws are particularly important to our nations Reserve and Guard members more than 153,000 of whom have been called to active duty in the war on terrorism. It is worth noting that many of these brave men and women are also first responders in their civilian jobs, including police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

We must ensure that the laws designed to protect them are complete, effective and, perhaps most important, faithfully executed and enforced. With thousands of Reserve and Guard members returning from active duty every month, we need to be certain that USERRA is doing the job Congress intended.

« AnteriorContinua »