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

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    • 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