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||"Dane Smith" <dane@...>|
||"NPCA Advocacy" <npca-k@...>|
||FW: Peace Corps News|
||Fri, 1 Mar 2002 18:04:13 -0500|
Three brief items of news:
I. Concerns about the Future Autonomy of the Peace Corps
Some of our members have expressed concern that the Peace Corps may be
absorbed into the new USA Freedom Corps created by Executive Order in
January 2002. The NPCA is aware of earlier moves -- actual and
to absorb the Peace Corps into something else, i.e. State Department or
Action, Americorps. We would strongly oppose any move to undercut the
Corps' independence and autonomy.
The Executive Order creating USA Freedom Corps is somewhat reassuring
that regard. USAFC appears to be an umbrella organization designed to
facilitate and help institutionalize response to the President's appeal
citizen service. The Executive Order indicates that the Peace Corps
retain its autonomy. The Director of the Peace Corps is a member of
of USA Freedom Corps. We will keep an eye on this issue. We have
registered our views on it with the Peace Corps (Gaddi Vasquez and Jody
and will do so with the White House and the Congress during upcoming
consultations. We will strongly oppose it, if it becomes a threat.
II. Safety of Peace Corps Volunteers
Other members have expressed worry that risks to Volunteers in service
increase, with increased numbers and special focus on Muslim nations.
February 15 statement after the swearing-in of Gaddi Vasquez as
President Bush noted that "the war [against terror] thrust upon us an
who hates every good -- everything the Peace Corps stands for." He
about strengthening the Peace Corps and "creating opportunities in
nations [including] new opportunities in Muslim nations for us to
good story about the values, the universal values, we hold so dear."
The Peace Corps currently has a task force, chaired by Deputy Director
Olsen, looking in depth at security issues. The safety of Volunteers
clearly a priority consideration for the Agency. However, in meetings
Vasquez and Olsen today and shortly with other members of the
Administration, as well as with key members of Congress, we have
and will stress that doubling the number of Volunteers -- which we
needs to be done in such a way as to minimize threats to their
are noting that special care needs to be exercised in increasing
in the Middle East, Central and South Asia at this time.
III. Dick Pyle Begins Consulting Position with the Peace Corps
NPCA Board Chair Dick Pyle has recently accepted a consultant position
the Peace Corps and will begin working with the Office of Special
March 4. That office handles issues and activities relating to his
and experience as a counseling psychologist. Dick will leave the Board
June when his term is up. He will remain on the board until that time
long as there is no conflict of interest with his new postion.
Have a nice week-end.
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