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Makes the Director a member of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
Latest Title: Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013
Makes the Director of the Peace Corps a member of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking.This is a law enforcement and intelligence issue. Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2013
Latest Title: Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013
Makes the Director of the Peace Corps a member of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking.
This is a law enforcement and intelligence issue. Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
U.S. Department of State
Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 12Diplomatic Security
12 FAM 450
Page 1 of 76
450SECURITY SUPPORT AGREEMENTS
(CT:DS-177; 05-23-2012)(Office of Origin: DS/MGT/PPD)
12 FAM 451.6 Peace Corps (CT:DS-177; 05-23-2012)The MOU between the Department of State and the Peace Corps on Security Support Abroad was signed into effect on May 11, 2012. Its text is given as12 FAM Exhibit 451.6.
Peace Corpsand Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the Department of State Memorandum of Understanding on security support abroad. May 11,2012
Peace Corps Equity Act
Affidavit for Domestic Partner Relationship Application
Re:FR Doc. 2013-14529 Filed 06/18/2013 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 06/19/2013
We are writing regarding the submission.
"Method:" This should read '......."given to all domestic partner relationship applicants"..... '
"Respondents Obligation to Reply: Required to obtain or retain benefits." statement should be required on the form for those who wish to apply. The form should also contain the conditions of employment as a Peace Corps worker in country for those who claim domestic partnerships, like, for example, adopting children, having children while serving, pregnancy while serving and the affidavit for domestic partner relationship application should be included in the Peace Corps manual as well as any policy affects from the new affidavit, application, benefits and service worker type of relationships amongst each other, non Peace Corps workers including Peace Corps countries, Peace Corps applicant countries and US and other foreign aid . In addition, Peace Corps policy should include declaration of domestic partnership during training, the three month probation period after swaring in as well as in service and during 3rd year extensions. The declaration of domestic partnershiip should not be limited among US government employees, US citizens, Peace Corps workers or formal status requirements. The request discounts the volumous types of other couples that have equal rights to service, safety and security and benefits. In addition, workers and countries will be limited services, safety and benefits and foreign aid based on the wording of this submission and questionaire. The request should be worded as we indicate and resubmitted for review.
More Money Or We Can't Serve There...........
Cap administration at 5%
PCVEs trained in US universities
Host countries pay the cost of PC
Model after CN&CS | Place PCs with NGOs/Insurance\Grants
Enforce the five year opportunity limit
PC staff salaries reflect a percentage of the PCVSE salary
Move PC to CN&CS, USIP or USAID - NGO placement
Enforce the Hatch Act
Waiver for Forced Assignments
PCVSE service with no new upper limit
Danger/Hazard pay for Forced Assignments
Create an association of National Civic Service Workers
Stop PC/NPCA competition with NGOs/governments for US program funding and foreign funds.
(e.g. PEPFAR and G8).
Cancel Peace Corps Response(dangerous short term), NPCA, morepeacecorps, peace corps connect, peacecorpspush, encore etc. US government funds.
post conflict Safety and Security limiters
Close Peace Corps University or make it non government funded.
Peace Corps Watch .........
Day Labor Won't Work There
'...and physical labor...'
'Summer is spent outdoors completing physically demanding land conservation projects in state and local parks, mountain areas, and national forests including trail building, noxious weed removal, community gardening, and fire mitigation.'
'...members will be performing strenuous physical tasks outdoors in all types of weather...'
'...extensive chainsaw work..'
'...required to participate in extended front and back-country service trips...'
'...involving long hours, camping, field cooking...'
'...living in a group camp in the evenings...'
'...one season outdoor living experience...'
'Work Schedule: Crew members serve in the field on either a 4-day-on, 3-day-off or 8-day-on, 6-day-off schedule. '
'...trail maintenance and construction on national forests...'
Flexible/irregular hours of work including evenings and weekends will be necessary.
'...physical training sessions three times a week.'
'...contingent upon funding and satisfactory work performance..'
'...require the use of the Members’ own vehicles.'
'...hiking up to 15 miles...'
'...on your feet outdoors in rugged terrain and in all types of weather for 8+ hours a day.'
'...working together to resolve conflict...'
'...live and serve in the out of doors for extended periods of time.'
'...pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through NWSA and/or Project Sponsor Agency.'
'Have not previously served two terms...'
'Personal vehicle is recommended...'
'Wear an NWSA uniform...'
'...an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry.'
'...any other tasks that best serve the neighborhoods we work in.'
'...camping at project sites for weeks at a time...'
The work requires extraordinary stamina and commitments comparable, in its way, to serving in the military or the Peace Corps
'The my.americorps.gov portal (online application) has went through some changes over the last few months and there are character limited sections online - so this is a better way for us to explain our different teams, service benefits, .'
'...the Environmental Corps has received numerous awards, including the Points of Light Foundation Presidential Service Award, Renew America Certificate of Environmental Achievement, and Clean Texas 2000 Environmental Excellence Award.'
'...an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life.'
CN&CS forgot to mention the mile long ditches, 50 ft scaffolding and 30 ft ladders. A day laborer won't move above 3 ft.
'...if you need your GED, you can come here and do that...' 'May Apply for Child Care Allowance If Necessary'
One Year or 6-Months
Administration requires subcontractor reporting
Database PC exempts itself from for over three years. USASpending.Gov
Peace Corps spends 100s of millions in contracts.
More cheap labor from all over. More.
Required travel first months (required to keep the job) of service exempt from residency requirements?
Inspector General for CN&CS fired. Oversight over the working conditions, pay, etc.
No site inspections for living conditions, but a fee for the worker....'Provide a non-federal cash match of $2,600 to cover costs associated with the corps member...' and insurance.
I don't think 'living in the woods' is an approved site and, if they're not living in a home they are probably working and exceeding 40 hrs.
Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
Priority for Programs That Provide a National Industry-Recognized Credential and portable credential, certificate, or degree. HR 4072
The Social and Economic Policy (SEP) Division.... 'Candidates must have a Masters with at least 13 years of experience or Ph.D. with at least 8 years of experience in public policy...'
Effective January 4, 2010, the Corporation employees will receive comparability (cost of living) adjustments and locality payment allocated to Federal agencies.
Salary: 160,891.00 - 165,300.00 USD /year
130,000 - 145,000 USD/year
Chief Technology Officer
102,720.00 - 127,607.00 USD /year
103,745.00 - 118,745.00 USD / year
85,000.00 - 115,257.00 USD /year
National Conference Director
62,468.00 - 95,000.00 USD /year
103,745.00 - 118,745.00
62,468.00 - 118,051.00 USD /year
Staff Accountant, NY-0510-03
60,990.00 - 90,000.00 USD /year
'...must possess one year of specialized experience..... in the Federal service.'
62,468.00 - 75,000.00 USD/year
SALARY RANGE: 41,210.00 - 46,210.00 USD /year
How to use CN&CS to avoid hiring and paying: '...they wanted to work full time with us...' '...were once competing for 20 slots...' No, you can't promise them federal employment, but you may know some State.... people..........
Americorps Construction Team Assistants make $48,000 +
Salary Range: Confidential (this is a Americorps service job)
'Construction National Direct'
Bigger Bonuses for Housing. The economy is housing overseas.
Summary: FY 11 Labor-HHS Appropriations: Subcommittee Mark
On Thursday, July 29, 2010 - The Senate full Appropriations Committee approved the FY11 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies spending bill. The bill recommends $1.366B for CNCS.
Highlights of the bill include:
$440 Million to support for AmeriCorps*State/National
$18 Million for state service commission administrative funding
$10 Million for the Volunteer Generation Fund
$1 Million for Serve America Fellowship Program
Earlier in July, the House Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee marked-up the FY2011 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill on July 15. The bill recommends $1.305B for the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is $155M more than FY10 and $111M less than the President's request. The Subcommittee only released summary tables for full Agency budgets. The Full House Appropriations Committee has yet to mark up the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill.
Here is the Senate Appropriations Committee Breakdowns of CNCS accounts and bill language:
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Appropriations, 2010 ............................................................................ $1,149,721,000
Budget estimate, 2011 .......................................................................... 1,415,586,000
Committee recommendation ................................................................ 1,365,586,000
The Committee recommends $1,365,586,000 for the Corporation for National and Community Service in fiscal year 2011. The administration request for fiscal year 2011 was $1,415,586,000. The fiscal year 2010 comparable level was $1,149,721,000.
The Committee recommendation is sufficient to increase the number of AmeriCorps members from 87,000 in fiscal year 2010 to more than 97,000 in fiscal year 2011.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, a corporation owned by the Federal Government, was established by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 to enhance opportunities for national and community service and provide national service education awards. The Corporation makes grants to States, institutions of higher education, public and private nonprofit organizations, and others to create service opportunities for students, out-of-school youth, and adults.
The Corporation administers programs authorized under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act, the National and Community Service Trust Act and the SERVE America Act.
The Committee recommends $111,000,000 for the Volunteers in Service to America [VISTA] Program. The comparable funding level for fiscal year 2010 was $99,074,000. The budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $98,000,000.
VISTA, created in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act, provides capacity building for small, community-based organizations. VISTA volunteers raise resources for local projects, recruit and organize volunteers, and establish and expand local community- based programs in housing, employment, health, and economic development activities.
The Committee strongly supports VISTA’s anti-poverty mission, particularly in the midst of an economic recession. In addition, the Committee views it as a great asset that VISTA volunteers can serve in small, nonprofit organizations with little to no capacity to manage a Federal grant. For that reason, the Committee urges the Corporation to make VISTA part of the growth plan for national service.
The Committee remains concerned that the current training program for VISTA volunteers requires too much travel and does not adequately correlate to the actual tasks that VISTA members are required to complete in their service. The Committee urges the Corporation to consider State-based training and devoting a higher percentage of training time to core skill development.
NATIONAL SENIOR VOLUNTEER CORPS
The Committee recommends $229,100,000 for the National Senior Volunteer Corps programs. The comparable level in fiscal year 2010 was $220,900,000. The fiscal year 2011 budget request was $221,100,000.
The Committee has included the following activities in the following amounts:
[In thousands of dollars]
Programs Fiscal year— Committee
2010 comparable 2011 President’s recommendation request
Retired Senior Volunteer Program ...... 63,000 63,000 64,000
Foster Grandparent.............................. 110,996 111,100 115,600
Senior Companion ............................. 46,904 47,000 49,500
The Committee has included sufficient funding to increase the stipend for Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion members by 10 cents, for a total of $2.75 per hour. The Committee is grateful for the service provided by these elderly individuals.
The maximum total dollars that may be used in fiscal year 2011for Grants.gov/eGrants support, Training and Technical Assistance, and Recruitment and Retention activities shall not exceed the amount enacted for these activities in fiscal year 2010.
The Committee recommends $440,000,000 for AmeriCorps grants in fiscal year 2011. The fiscal year 2010 level was $372,547,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $488,033,000.
The Committee notes that, despite a 37 percent increase in funding in fiscal year 2010, some States experienced a reduction in their participation in the AmeriCorps grant program. The Committee is concerned that small organizations and organizations in rural areas of the country are less able to compete with well-known national organizations. The Committee has not reinstated the cap on national direct grants; however, the Committee requests a report within 90 days of enactment of this act on the steps the Corporation is taking to ensure that small organizations and entities in rural America have equal opportunities for funding.
The Committee directs the Corporation to include a 5-year detail of member service in the annual congressional budget justification. The detail should include the number of members, grant cost, and Trust cost broken out both by program (e.g., VISTA, NCCC, State, and national) and by level of service (e.g., full time, part time, quarter time). In addition, the justification should include a 5-year detail on the number of members serving in each State, excluding NCCC.
The Committee is pleased with the participation of the Corporation in the Let’s Move! campaign and encourages the Corporation to expand its efforts around childhood nutrition and hunger. In particular, the Committee urges the Corporation to give priority to applications that support increasing healthy food choices in antihunger programs, assisting local farm-to-school initiatives, and increasing access to food assistance programs. The Committee is aware that the recent economic downturn has dramatically increased the number of Americans seeking out food assistance programs, and hopes that AmeriCorps members can increase the capacity of local organizations to meet this pressing national need.
DISABILITY PLACEMENT FUNDS
The Committee recommendation includes $6,000,000 for Disability Placement funds. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level was $5,000,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $6,000,000.
Grant funds are for the placement of, reasonable accommodation of, and auxiliary services for members and potential members with disabilities serving in AmeriCorps programs.
The Committee is deeply concerned by the high rate of unemployment among people with disabilities and believes that the programs of the Corporation are well-suited to help people with disabilities gain important job skills without jeopardizing their medical benefits. In addition, the service of AmeriCorps members with disabilities helps to educate potential employers about reasonable accommodation options, which may lead to reduced stigma and discrimination. The Committee encourages the Corporation to help grantees incorporate people with disabilities in AmeriCorps projects whenever possible.
In addition, the Committee is sensitive to the increased costs involved in running an AmeriCorps program in which a significant proportion of the members have disabilities. The Committee urges the Corporation to consider ways to provide additional support to programs in which 25 percent or more of the members have disabilities, either through the disability grants, the CEO’s waiver authority or other cooperative agreements.
INNOVATION, DEMONSTRATION, AND ASSISTANCE ACTIVITIES
The Committee has included $84,509,000 for Innovation, Demonstration, and Assistance Activities. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level was $60,500,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $77,000,000.
Within the funds provided for the Innovation account, the Committee has included $60,000,000 for the Social Innovation fund authorized under section 1807 of the SERVE America Act. The Committee recommendation also includes $10,000,000 for the nonprofit capacity-building program authorized under section 1809 of the SERVE America Act.
In addition, $10,000,000 is included for the Volunteer Generation Fund authorized under section 198P of the SERVE America Act. The Committee has not included bill language requested by the administration to waive the statutorily required allocation of these funds.
The Committee recommendation also includes $1,000,000 for the highly successful MLK Day of Service and $1,000,000 for the Serve America Fellowships.
The Committee recommendation includes $8,000,000 for evaluation activities. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level was $6,000,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $8,000,000.
NATIONAL CIVILIAN COMMUNITY CORPS
The Committee recommendation includes $35,593,000 for the National Civilian Community Corps. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level was $29,000,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $34,593,000.
The National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time, teambased residential program for men and women ages 18 to 24. Members are assigned to 1 of 5 campuses for a 10-month service commitment.
LEARN AND SERVE AMERICA
The Committee has included $40,198,000 for Learn and Serve America. The fiscal year 2010 comparable level was $39,500,000 and the budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $40,198,000.
Learn and Serve America provides direct and indirect support to K–12 schools, community groups and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects.
The Committee has included sufficient funding to continue the Summer of Service activities within the Learn and Serve program.
STATE COMMISSION ADMINISTRATION GRANTS
The Committee has included $18,000,000 for State Commission Administration grants. This is the same amount as the budget request for fiscal year 2011. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level was $17,000,000.
TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The Committee recommendation includes $11,000,000 for Training and Technical Assistance. The budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $13,000,000. The comparable fiscal year 2010 level was $7,500,000.
NATIONAL SERVICE TRUST
The Committee recommends an appropriation of $271,186,000 for the National Service Trust. The comparable level for fiscal year 2010 was $197,000,000. The administration request for fiscal year 2011 was $293,662,000.
The Committee notes that the funding level recommended is sufficient to support more than 97,000 members in fiscal year 2011, an increase of more than 10,000 members from fiscal year 2010.
SALARIES AND EXPENSES
The Committee recommends an appropriation of $103,000,000 for the Corporation’s salaries and expenses. The budget request for fiscal year 2011 was $109,000,000. The comparable level for fiscal year 2010 was $88,000,000. The Committee directs that the Corporation must fund all staffing needs from the salaries and expenses account.
The salaries and expenses appropriation provides funds for staff salaries, benefits, travel, training, rent, advisory and assistance services, communications and utilities expenses, supplies, equipment, and other operating expenses necessary for management of the Corporation’s activities under the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
The Committee recommends an appropriation of $9,000,000 for the Office of Inspector General [OIG]. The comparable level for fiscal year 2010 was $7,700,000 and the administration request for fiscal year 2011 was $9,000,000.
The goals of the OIG are to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness and to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.
The Committee has included three administrative provisions: language requiring the Corporation to make any significant changes to program requirements or policy through rule-making (sec. 401), language requiring that donations supplement and not supplant operations (sec. 402) and language aligning requirements regarding the use of Education Awards at GI Bill-eligible institutions (sec. 403).
The Five Rules for Americorps VISTA
Closing the Language Gap: Improving the Federal Government’s Foreign Language Capabilities
Federal Government Foreign Language Capabilities
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee - Hearing [ 02:30 pm, 07/29/2010 ]
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee hearing on "Closing the Language Gap: Improving the Federal Government's Foreign Language Capabilities."
Witness(es): David Maurer, director of the Government Accountability Office's Homeland Security and Justice Team; Homeland Security Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal; Nancy Weaver, director of the Defense Department's Defense Language Office; former Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness David Chu; Richard Brecht, executive director of the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Study of Language; Daniel Davidson, president of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Councils for Languages and International Studies, testify
Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Contact: 202-224-2627 http://www.hsgac.senate.gov (+WASE007+)
Jobs Corps Fraud Blog
Peace Corps Director/USAID 60 Jobs
Director's last interview sure hired those RPCVs.
Direct funding for under min wage workers like PEPFAR/PC
Advocacy Groups Financially Accountable
"Independent 'Corps'" Congressional Lobbyist Spending
Miscellaneous Foreign Contractors
Arguments that PC buys it way into countries hiring HCNs. The value of the PC isn't just DC in the $58,000 + per PC per year.
- Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130).
- Post Allowance (Section 220).
- Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).
- Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).
- Education Allowance (Section 270).
- Education Travel (Section 280).
- Post Differential (Chapter 500).
- Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600), and
- Danger Pay (Section 650).
* Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
YES to inbound, No to outbound
These are not International Public Service Fellowships and I doubt that Youth Service America would put in a bid.
1. Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the partner country(ies).
Men Barred from these countries. I doubt this is legal in the US.
CNCS Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
NGOs Cost per CNCS $12,500 * Actual Cost $35,101.00
A Volunteer is Worth $20.85 An Hour
States won't pay their cost, so NGOs Pay More:
While VISTA regulations do not require a federal match, in order to maximize federal resources and to the keep the federal cost of VISTA members to a minimum, the Corporation for National and Community Service looks to VISTA sponsors to help pay the member living allowance (generally between $11-13,000 per year) for some of the project’s VISTA members. It is expected that the longer a project has VISTA resources that more cost sharing will occur. For example, if a project has 5 VISTA members who are being paid a living allowance by CNCS of $936 a month, the sponsor might agree to have one cost share VISTA in year one (in which case CNCS would bill monthly that amount to the sponsor). In year 2 and 3, however, the project should consider increasing its cost sharing to two VISTA members. The overall goal of the Corporation is to have 20% of members cost shared by the community partners and sponsors. VISTA members may assist their sponsoring organization in fundraising activities and grant writing to expand the organization’s resources for cost sharing.
From a NOFA May 2010
'Line Item' 'Budget Justification' HRSA 10-100
RPCVs Lobbying Like Obama and Hillary
We will end up with the same problems we had when we left or entered. Whether we stay in country after the coups or not, the same problems come up and the risk increases or stays the same and that is a risk Obama, Clinton and RPCVs are willing to take with these lives. That is wrong, they don't have the experience.
Cancelling Perkins Loans and Others
Back Country Hard Labor $00.88 Cents/Hour
Weekends off in site.
Private companies can hire these laborers. No one is breaking labor laws or minimum wage laws.
The value of corps' work ($13.24 per hour) exceeds the up-front investment; - Education and earnings gains accrue to young people who join a corps and are particularly positive for young African-American men; - Arrest rates drop by one third among all corpsmembers; and - Pregnancy rates drop among female corpsmembers.
Government Grants $4,306,391
Only State Service Commissions consortia of State Service Commissions are eligible
The Volunteer Generation Fund is worth less that the Inovation fund($650,000,000 at Education), but may be a pattern as big government takes back it's funding NGO had to take.
Earth Day Job Losses
The partnership also has requirements for the type of worker. Like the NPCA's ARC, this is not good for PC. It allows discrimination.
The Corps Network exists as something separate from CNCS and is not needed. The only thing we would ask The Corps Network is; why aren't we paid at least minimum wage and why didn't someone else get the contracts from the RFPs?
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) does not acknowledge any CNCS or Peace Corps Volunteer Service Employees as part of the Federal Campaign.
work for the Agency to the extent provided by law and/or contract.
'...repays 60 percent of the outstanding balance in exchange for 2 years of full-time service...'
'Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a $267.3 million grant for the 2011 Fiscal Year (FY). These programs support the recruitment, education, and retention...'
'The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program provides $50,000, tax free, to primary care clinicians in exchange for two years of service..'
Budget Request 'Education Job Crisis'
Senate Appropriations Committee - Hearing [ 09:30 am, 04/14/2010 ]
Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the FY2010 budget request for the Education Department and the education jobs crisis.
Witness(es): Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Ramon Cortines, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Chris Bern, president of the Iowa State Education Association, testify
Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Contact: 202-224-7363 http://appropriations.senate.
Auditing the Government
Union Discrimination: Why PC and CNCS Employees Lose
PCW Demands Date and Cause of Death
PC still won't talk and they may be acting in self interest. If medical care was a fault then we need to know what happened so it doesn't happen again. If this was an unknown illness and unsolvable in country, the procedure is to medevac to the US.
New medical secretary. 'Prepares and processes payment vouchers for local health consultants and laboratories...' 'Keeps and maintains file of medical expenditures and record the medical budget...'
New Doctor "including budget management"
New Medevac contract signed the day she died
and the day after.
ORDER DEPENDENT (IDV ALLOWS PRICING ARRANGEMENT TO BE DETERMINED SEPARATELY FOR EACH ORDER)
1995 settlement/offer to return to employment.
Puzey: FOIA filed at PC and State. Issues at both regarding murderers employed at PC. Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act.
'By coincidence, my travel partner and I passed through that very same village, on that same day.'
Puzey said her daughter’s murder happened within days of her reporting the other teacher.
Executive Office of the President; Office of Personnel Management (OPM) (F.R. Page 15463) - Meeting [ 10:00 am, 04/07/2010 ]
Executive Office of the President; Office of Personnel Management (OPM) (F.R. Page 15463) holds a meeting of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations to review agency implementation plans and make recommendations on their certification.
Location: Office of Personnel Management, Theodore Roosevelt Building, 1900 E Street NW, Room 1416, Washington, D.C.
Contact: Thomas Wachter, 202-606-2930, PLR@opm.gov (+WAFE001+)
Private sector service workers.
Non Profits and Big Government
Congressional Service Employees
PC has always had the answer to this. Treat them as you are treated. They get the same pay and term limits. For example, CNCS volunteer service employee pay and a term limit of PC's two years. If you want to be nice, five years.
Peace Corps Volunteer Service Employees Work 24/7
The Director cost PCVSEs a raise; now a CoLA that is not overseas based, but a US non raise CoLA.
Six Years Ago: Doubling and Safety and Security
'...while also receiving food, shelter, education and a precious $30-a-month stipend that literally saved many of their families from hunger in tough times...'
If they paid these poor people a legal wage, like minimum, they could buy shelter, food and education that will get them a job. The jobs that these workers get after their government service are not mentioned nor have their been any studies on the work, pay and length of employment after service.
The PC Journey 'It's an agency'
CNCS Employees Rights Are:
'...an extraordinary contribution...' Worth how much? The members value is in how much they bring in with little pay and how much admin pay.
RPCV Status Required for Employment at PC
We noticed this problem with recruiting posters like this: Entry level full time and Experienced level full time.
We filed FOIA asking for clarification as to what this means and were denied, saying it was on the site, but given no URL. We cannot find it on the site and neither could PC. We assume that PC will wait for an opportune time to state that PC Response requires RPCV status on the recruiting material. There are many people who are not RPCVs who can do Response work and it is illegal and wrong to require RPCV status without publishing that requirement on all recruiting material and applications.
Over 60% of PC staff employee are RPCVs.
CNCS now requires VISTA work for CNCS jobs at Campus Compact. There are many people with experience to do this job and we shouldn't require CNCS VISTA federal employment status for this work. CC isn't well thought of.
Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS)
This is a good way to participate that is less political.
Americorps and CNCS grants used to make 5 million in revenues.
General Scott is the Founder and first National Director of AmeriCorps NCCC, established in 1994
OIG Independent Agency Status/Lobby
Appeals procedure for administrative and medical deselection
Volunteer Discrimination Complaint Procedure
Why CNCS and PC Cost So Much
'...the prevailing wage in the area of intended employment...'
Mental Health Programs for the Peace Corps
OSS is PC's mental health unit.
Plumb Book/Executive Limiting Legislation
Maintaining the Path Highlights PC
CN&CS is stressing IT and management like PC. I don't think it's at 95% administration like PC, but it will be there by 2015.
CN&CS and PC team up on recruiting, jobs and Innovation Funding.
States Not Paying Obligation
It's not taking over the payments for the workers, but really a budget issue.
It's not taking over the payments, it's the matching funds and they'll reduce to 50% if needed.
Travel Requrements: The Red Bag
'This program has no statutory formula.'
'This program has no matching requirements.'
'This program does not have MOE requirements.'
'Reimbursement is provided per deployment...'(award)
'No cash reports are required.'
'No progress reports are required.'
'Performance monitoring is incorporated into base grant performance monitoring requirements.'
'Agreements are renewed every three years. '
not less than 80 percent of the funding ...under the grant to wages, benefits...
Connect, Inform, Engage
'...impact, innovation, and excellence...'
Inspire. Imagine. Innovate!
'...and other civilian society services under the direct umbrella of US Government.'
Secretary of State should direct the relevant countries' Ambassadors to establish a mechanism to formally coordinate U.S. agencies' implementation of international basic education-related activities in the relevant country.
ARC Innovates!“This one innovative idea in Africa [where more than 3,000 volunteers, or 41 percent of the total Corps, serve] has spread to posts in Asia and South America in a matter of months,” he said.
Sargent Shriver Serve the World Act
Maybe it's really Partners of the Americas 2009 Conference on Higher Education and International Volunteer Service lobbying.....or a trade for what Obama wants in Afghanistan. They already made their money there.
NSA Jobs/ Civilian DoD
International Affairs (Function 150) Budget Request
PC WF Security Task Force/PC-NPCA Africa Rural Connect/Regional Division of Aid/Africom-PEPFAR
PC PEPFAR Africa- All Pandemics-PC/NPCA(Africa~RC)funding/Africom
EXPANSION OF NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS PROGRAMS
PEPFAR Surveys for 5 Year Budgets?
Goosby's new five year budget is to be spent on technology. Companies that invest in this are on the wagon. '... 5-year Partnership Framework...'
PC recruiters, who have to be RPCVs, using recruiting for 'Awareness classes.' This should be part of the recruiting process, education....
Credit for Awareness Panels/Classes. '... students have an option to get an academic credit toward graduation while attending our weekly panel. Our organization offers Peace Corps DeCal course this semester as an integral part of our weekly panel.'
Americorps and CNCS selling government insurance they can't have;
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Peace Corps Anti Trafficking in Persons Task Force
Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers
The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, union membership or disability.
Minimum Wage for PC, VfP and Americorps
Education, Training, Employment, and Social Services FUNCTION 500
The studies have these 'volunteers' as "just unemployed punks."
CN&CS Employees Are Banned From Advocacy
SMART really isn't a bill for Congress to pay. I guess eGrants can't do the numbers right.
The lobbying for money seems to be around 'planning grants' 'administrative grants' 'training grants' 'recruit and retain' and CN&CS hiring those who work with the 'volunteers.' Ideally, that function will go back to the NGOs as a paid 'grant.'
See, all this advocacy and lobbying work by federally funded orgs is okay. It's not like it started with NPCA.
All the workers are taken care of, but none of these will address the workers.
Obama meets the Lama: The Annual National Service-Learning Conference.
The embassies can always give away a percentage of their budget/GDP to a government in cash for whatever.