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  • Matthew McNulty
    Attachment: Forwarded Message From: Dane Smith To: NPCA Advocacy Subject:FW: Peace Corps NewsDate:Fri, 1 Mar 2002
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2002
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      From:"Dane Smith" <dane@...>
      To:"NPCA Advocacy" <npca-k@...>
      Subject:FW: Peace Corps News
      Date: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 
      proposed --
      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. 
      In his
      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 
      spread the
      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 
      favor --
      needs to be done in such a way as to minimize threats to their 
      security.  We
      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.
      Dane Smith
      Ethiopia/Eritrea 1963-65
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