Bill Number: H.R. 1655
Title: Community Economic Opportunity Act of 2015
Date Introduced: March 26, 2015
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Lead Sponsors:

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick [R-PA-8]
Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN-4]
Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA-6]
Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA-16]
Rep. Richard Hanna [R-NY-22]
Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA-5]
Rep. Charlie Dent [R-PA-15]
Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA-11]

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  • Agencies focus on long-term independence
  • 90% of CSBG funding is placed under local direction - Local problems require local solutions with all community stakeholders.
  • Collaboration with local partners prevents duplication
  • Leveraging private funds maximizes the effects of CSBG
  • he Community Action Network is governed by stringent organizational standards

WHY H.R. 1655?

Localization & Privatization

  • The bill establishes a preference for private non-profit local agencies as opposed to local governments in the future designations of sub grantees by the state.
  • The bill prevents re-direction of CSBG funds. Currently, states can transfer grants to local governments seeking replacements for other federal and state funds that have been eliminated.
  • Some states have required Community Action Agencies to assume categorical human services roles and duplicate shrinking county agencies instead of building local unique projects and interventions.


  • The proposed bill streamlines the process of responding to poor local performance when necessary by tightening the process and timetable for corrective action by the agencies.
  • Rigorous performance measurements and management systems are implemented at all three levels: local, state and federal
  • HHS is required to review and approve state plans and operations


  • The bill requires all CSBG partners to demonstrate professional competence in managing the organization and its grants
  • The bill requires federal and state administrators to have the knowledge, skills and ability to review the operations of private non-profit corporations and to efficiently manage federal funds
  • The bill strengthens the tripartite board by creating term limits for officers, requiring official designees to vote and requiring the adoption of a conflict of interest policy


  • The proposed bill creates an already-paid for innovation fund to encourage efficient, cutting-edge solutions to poverty alleviation
  • The bill emphasizes local leaders' authority to pursue emerging opportunities
  • This bill funds innovative program experiments.