(a) Authority for Program.— The Secretary of Defense may conduct a science, mathematics, and technology education improvement program known as the “Department of Defense STARBASE Program”. The Secretary shall carry out the program in coordination with the Secretaries of the military departments.
(b) Purpose.— The purpose of the program is to improve knowledge and skills of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in mathematics, science, and technology.
(c) STARBASE Academies.—
(1)The Secretary shall provide for the establishment of at least 25 academies under the program.
(2)The Secretary of Defense shall establish guidelines, criteria, and a process for the establishment of STARBASE programs in addition to those in operation on October 5, 1999.
(A)Except as otherwise provided under subparagraph (B), the Secretary may not support the establishment in any State of more than four academies under the program.
(B)The Secretary may support the establishment and operation of an academy in a State in excess of four academies in that State if the Secretary expressly waives, in writing, the limitation in subparagraph (A) with respect to that State. In the case of any such waiver, appropriated funds may be used for the establishment and operation of an academy in excess of four in that State only to the extent that appropriated funds are expressly available for that purpose. Any such waiver shall be made under criteria to be prescribed by the Secretary.
(d) Persons Eligible To Participate in Program.— The Secretary shall prescribe standards and procedures for selection of persons for participation in the program.
(e) Regulations.— The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe regulations governing the conduct of the program.
(f) Authority to Accept Financial and Other Support.—
(1)The Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the military departments may accept financial and other support for the program from other departments and agencies of the Federal Government, State governments, local governments, and not-for-profit and other organizations in the private sector.
(2)The Secretary of Defense shall remain the executive agent to carry out the program regardless of the source of funds for the program or any transfer of jurisdiction over the program within the executive branch.
(g) Annual Report.— Not later than March 31 of each year, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report on the program under this section. The report shall contain a discussion of the design and conduct of the program and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the program.
(h) State Defined.— In this section, the term “State” includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.
2011—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 111–383substituted “March 31 of each year” for “90 days after the end of each fiscal year”.
2008—Subsec. (c)(3)(A). Pub. L. 110–181, § 592(1), substituted “more than four academies” for “more than two academies”.
Subsec. (c)(3)(B). Pub. L. 110–181, § 592(2), substituted “in excess of four” for “in excess of two” in two places.
2004—Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 108–375, § 1084(d)(16), substituted “October 5, 1999” for “the date of the enactment of this section”.
Subsec. (c)(3). Pub. L. 108–375, § 519, amended par. (3) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (3) read as follows: “The Secretary may support the establishment and operation of any academy in excess of two academies in a State only if the Secretary has first authorized in writing the establishment of the academy and the costs of the establishment and operation of the academy are paid out of funds provided by sources other than the Department of Defense. Any such costs that are paid out of appropriated funds shall be considered as paid out of funds provided by such other sources if such sources fully reimburse the United States for the costs.”
2001—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 107–107designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
Existing STARBASE Academies
Pub. L. 106–65, div. A, title V, § 580(b),Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 632, provided that: “While continuing in operation, the academies existing on the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 5, 1999] under the Department of Defense STARBASE Program, as such program is in effect on such date, shall be counted for the purpose of meeting the requirement under section
2193b(c)(1) of title
10, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)), relating to the minimum number of STARBASE academies.”
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