[Congressional Bills 115th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[H.R. 39 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]


                     One Hundred Fifteenth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America

                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
          the third day of January, two thousand and seventeen

                                 An Act

    To amend title 5, United States Code, to codify the Presidential 
           Innovation Fellows Program, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,
    This Act may be cited as the ``Tested Ability to Leverage 
Exceptional National Talent Act of 2017'' or the ``TALENT Act of 
    (a) In General.--Chapter 31 of title 5, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:


``Sec. 3171. Presidential Innovation Fellows Program
    ``(a) Policy.--It is in the national interest for the Government to 
attract the brightest minds skilled in technology or innovative 
practices to serve in the Government to work on some of the Nation's 
biggest and most pressing challenges. This subchapter establishes a 
program to encourage successful entrepreneurs, executives, and 
innovators to join the Government and work in close cooperation with 
Government leaders, to create meaningful solutions that can help save 
lives and taxpayer money, fuel job creation, and significantly improve 
how the Government serves the American people.
    ``(b) Establishment.--The Administrator of General Services shall 
continue the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program (hereinafter 
referred to as the `Program') to enable exceptional individuals with 
proven track records to serve time-limited appointments in executive 
agencies to address some of the Nation's most significant challenges 
and improve existing Government efforts that would particularly benefit 
from expertise using innovative techniques and technology.
    ``(c) Administration.--The Program shall be administered by a 
Director, appointed by the Administrator under authorities of the 
General Services Administration. The Administrator shall provide 
necessary staff, resources and administrative support for the Program.
    ``(d) Appointment of Fellows.--The Director shall appoint fellows 
pursuant to the Program and, in cooperation with executive agencies, 
shall facilitate placement of fellows to participate in projects that 
have the potential for significant positive effects and are consistent 
with the President's goals.
    ``(e) Application Process.--
        ``(1) In general.--The Director shall prescribe the process for 
    applications and nominations of individuals to the Program.
        ``(2) Program standards.--Following publication of these 
    processes, the Director may accept for consideration applications 
    from individuals. The Director shall establish, administer, review, 
    and revise, if appropriate, a Governmentwide cap on the number of 
    fellows. The Director shall establish and publish salary ranges, 
    benefits, and standards for the Program.
    ``(f) Selection, Appointment, and Assignment of Fellows.--
        ``(1) Procedures.--The Director shall prescribe appropriate 
    procedures for the selection, appointment, and assignment of 
        ``(2) Consultation.--Prior to the selection of fellows, the 
    Director shall consult with the heads of executive agencies 
    regarding potential projects and how best to meet those needs. 
    Following such consultation, the Director shall select and appoint 
    individuals to serve as fellows.
        ``(3) Time limitation.--Fellows selected for the Program shall 
    serve under short-term, time-limited appointments. Such fellows 
    shall be appointed for no less than 6 months and no longer than 2 
    years in the Program. The Director shall facilitate the process of 
    placing fellows at requesting executive agencies.
    ``(g) Responsibilities of Agencies.--Each executive agency shall 
work with the Director and the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program 
advisory board established under section 3172 to attempt to maximize 
the Program's benefits to the agency and the Government, including by 
identifying initiatives that have a meaningful effect on the people 
served and that benefit from involvement by one or more fellows. Such 
agencies shall ensure that each fellow works closely with responsible 
senior officials for the duration of the assignment.
``Sec. 3172. Presidential Innovation Fellows Program advisory board
    ``(a) In General.--The Administrator of General Services shall 
continue an advisory board to advise the Director of the Presidential 
Innovation Fellows Program by recommending such priorities and 
standards as may be beneficial to fulfill the mission of the 
Presidential Innovation Fellows Program and assist in identifying 
potential projects and placements for fellows. The advisory board may 
not participate in the selection process under section 3171(f).
    ``(b) Chair; Membership.--The Administrator shall designate a 
representative to serve as the Chair of the advisory board. In addition 
to the Chair, the membership of the advisory board shall include--
        ``(1) the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of 
    Management and Budget;
        ``(2) the Director of the Office of Personnel Management;
        ``(3) the Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government 
    of the Office of Management and Budget;
        ``(4) the Assistant to the President and Chief Technology 
    Officer; and
        ``(5) other individuals as may be designated by the 
    ``(c) Consultation.--The advisory board may consult with industry, 
academia, or nonprofits to ensure the Presidential Innovation Fellows 
Program is continually identifying opportunities to apply advanced 
skillsets and innovative practices in effective ways to address the 
Nation's most significant challenges.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 31 of 
title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 

         ``subchapter v--presidential innovation fellows program

``3171. Presidential Innovation Fellows Program.
``3172. Presidential Innovation Fellows Program advisory board.''.

    (c) Transition.--The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program 
established pursuant to Executive Order No. 13704 (5 U.S.C. 3301 note) 
as in existence on the day before the date of enactment of this Act 
shall be considered the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program 
described in the amendments made by this Act.
    (d) No Additional Funds Authorized.--No additional funds are 
authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act or the amendments 
made by this Act. This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall be 
carried out using amounts otherwise authorized.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.