12 May 2020

FY 2021 Appropriations Update 

FY 2021 Appropriations Update  

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations process is proceeding as normal given these unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although normal budget hearings with Administration officials are postponed indefinitely, appropriations staff are working diligently to stay on schedule to process the annual appropriations bill this spring and summer. With respect to timing, the next steps in the appropriations process depends on when Congressional members and staff will return to work in person in Washington, D.C.  The House Appropriations Committee would like to proceed with committee consideration as soon as possible once members’ return to Capitol Hill, likely in late May or June. The Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) have instructed their subcommittees to continue their work on FY 2021 appropriations bills, with the goal of having committee markups sometime in June or July. 

The NJCA is actively engaging with leadership from the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees to outline the annual needs for Job Corps.  The FY 2021 funding request , as per the approval of the NJCA Operators Advisory Committee, submitted by the NJCA reflects an increase of $125 million in additional construction, rehabilitation, and acquisition funding from the FY 2020 funding level.  The NJCA also has requested the subcommittees to address three important policy issues for the association’s members: Job Corps slot utilization and recruitment, industry-standard training and trade modernization, and performance-based contracting.  

As part of the FY 2021 appropriations process, Job Corps received a tremendous amount of support in the annual funding Dear Colleague letters in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.  Thanks to the fantastic work of NJCA staff, KDCR Partners, the GAC Strategic Advisory Group and participating centers via the NJCA Star Program, a record 150 Representatives joined the House letter, and 44 Senators joined the Senate letter.  In the House, the bipartisan letter was led by Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Rob Bishop (R-UT).   In the Senate, the bipartisan letter was led by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).