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Serve America Act Overview

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