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Serve America Act Overview

Serve America Act Overview



FAQs answered in the overview of the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act.

FAQs answered in the overview of the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act.



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    Serve America Act Overview Serve America Act Overview Presentation Transcript

    • Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act An overview FRANK R. TRINITY General Counsel May 2009
    • Major Themes
      • Bi-partisan support
      • Expand opportunities for Americans to serve
      • Break down silos
      • Reduce unnecessary burdens
      • Demonstrate outcomes
      • Innovation in the nonprofit sector
    • A few caveats . . .
      • Authorization ≠ Appropriations
      • Effective Date: October 1, 2009
    • Learn & Serve America
      • Current Law
        • School-based
        • Community-based
        • Higher Education
      • Serve America Act
        • School-based (formula only)
        • Higher Education
        • Part III -- Innovative Service-Learning Programs
    • LSA School-Based
      • Share of LSA funds is reduced from 63.75% to 60%, formula allocation only
      • Minimum SEA allotment of $75k, if total LSA appropriation is at least $50M
      • Increase in matching fund requirements, and waiver necessary for Title I and IDEA
      • More flexibility for capacity-building
      • Admin cap increases from 5% to 6%
    • LSA Higher Ed
      • Grantees must meet Federal Work Study minimum of 7% of FWS funds expended on community service (unless waived)
      • Campuses of Service
    • Innovative Service-Learning Programs
      • New authority (15% of LSA funds)
        • community-based programs
        • summer of service program
        • semester of service
        • youth engagement zones
        • longitudinal study
    • AmeriCorps
      • Sets AmeriCorps on a path to 250,000 members by 2017
      • Bill ties to availability of appropriations and quality service positions
      • Includes all AmeriCorps positions
      • Includes goal of 50% full-time
    • AmeriCorps State/National
      • Current law
        • 1% each for Indian tribes and U.S. territories
        • State formula 1/3
        • National Direct (appropriations cap, $55M)
        • State competitive at least 1/3
      • Serve America Act
        • Merges N. Direct and State competitive
        • at 62.7% (State input on ND projects)
        • State formula 35.3%
    • AmeriCorps (2)
      • Minimum State formula grant $600K (or .5% of total formula allocation, whichever is greater)
      • Cost per member (grant costs only) at $18K for each grantee, with waiver authority up to $19.5K
    • AmeriCorps (3)
      • 5 new Service Corps within subtitle C
      • Codifies prohibition on grants to Federal agencies (but authorizes inter-agency agreements, including cost-shares)
      • Authorizes fixed amount grants
    • AmeriCorps (4)
      • Requires tutors to have HS diploma
      • CNCS to make effort to allocate at least 10% of grants to organizations involving significant number of individuals 55+
    • State Commissions
      • Admin grants increased from current range ($125K - $750K) to $250K - $1M
      • Lower match for hardship or new Comm’n
    • Participants with Disabilities
      • Increases funds for outreach and placement
      • Expands to all national service grant programs
    • National Service Trust
      • Ties education award to maximum Pell grant ($5350 in 2009, increases annually)
      • Replaces two-term cap with aggregate of two full-time education awards
      • Expands uses of education award
      • 55+ may transfer to child or grandchild
    • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps
      • Makes permanent
      • Authorizes non-residential activities
      • Emphasis on disaster relief
    • Disaster relief
      • 90-day AmeriCorps term extensions
      • More organizations eligible for FEMA mission assignments through CNCS
      • National Service Reserve Corps for alums and veterans
      • Priority for communities recovering from major disasters
    • Subtitle H
      • Social Innovation Fund
      • Volunteer Generation Fund
      • Call to Service Campaign
      • 9/11 Day of Service
      • Fellowship programs
      • Silver Scholars
      • Nonprofit Capacity Building grants
    • VISTA
      • Eliminates Governor 45-day review
      • Increases post-service cash stipend from range of $100-$125 to $125-$150 (leader stipend from $200 to $250)
      • Drops separate VISTA recruitment office in favor of CNCS-wide outreach
    • Senior Corps (1)
      • Lowers age from 60 to 55 in FGP and SCP
      • Eligibility for stipended FGP/SCP positions expanded to 200% of poverty line (from 125%)
      • Increases Federal share of stipend to $3.00
      • Expands scope of FGP children
      • For RSVP, institutes competition beginning fiscal year 2013.
    • Senior Corps (2)
      • Directs 25% share of Programs of National Significance to organizations new to CNCS
    • Administrative Provisions
      • Authorizes Corporation to reserve up to 1% of program funds for evaluation
      • Civic Health Assessment
      • Increases focus on performance measures via evaluation and corrective actions
    • Administrative Provisions (2)
      • Children-serving programs must consult with parents in design
      • Technical assistance: one funding source
      • Strategic Advisor for Native-American Affairs
    • Administrative Provisions (3)
      • Allows Corporation to consolidate applications and reports
      • Requires FBI criminal history check for stipended participants and grantee staff. Disqualifies sex offenders and murderers. Attorney General study.
    • Administrative Provisions (4)
      • No match requirements for programs in severely economically distressed areas
      • Grant selection criteria to include involvement of volunteers
      • Promotes citizenship
    • Administrative Provisions (5)
      • Authorizes CEO to assign programmatic functions to State Commissions
      • Electronic verification of AmeriCorps member eligibility
      • Prohibits assistance for sole purpose of referring to Federally assisted programs
    • Administrative Provisions (6)
      • Repeals Title III, non-competitive Points of Light Foundation
    • CNCS Governance
      • Uniform five-year term for Board of Directors
      • Adds authority for Board to review annual budget and review CEO performance
      • CFO changed from PAS to CEO appointee
    • CNCS Website
      • Additional resources are posted at:
      • http:// www.nationalservice.gov/about/serveamerica/index.asp