Peace Corps Reform Plan

Memorandum To:Friends of the Peace Corps From:  Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff (RPCVs) Re: Peace Corps Reform Plan Date: July 2009 With President Obama’s nomination of Aaron Williams for Peace Corps Director—which we strongly support—and the probable Congressional approval of increased appropriations, the Peace Corps is poised to embark on a journey of renewal and […]


Politicizing the Peace Corps

In the August 4th Washington Post, this paragraph stuck out from the story “Gonzales Now Says Top Aides Got Political Briefings” : At the July 24 hearing, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) asked Gonzales whether any of “the leadership of the Department of Justice” had participated in political briefings, pointing to examples involving employees from […]


Breaking down the Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act

On March 1st, 2007 Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), a former Peace Corps Volunteer of the Dominican Republic, introduced the Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act. This legislation is meant to address the many issues brought forth by returned and current Peace Corps Volunteers regarding project funding, administration oversight and volunteer participation among other things. What I’d […]


Hearing Scheduled for The Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene on July 25th to hear testimony on S. 732, The Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act. Witnesses include: Panel 1 The Honorable Ronald A. Tschetter Director Peace Corps Washington, DC Panel 2 The Honorable Mark L. Schneider Former Director of the Peace Corps Senior Vice President and Special Adviser […]


Peace Corps Legislation

Update: To check the actual progress of the bill as it makes its way through Congress, check here On March 1st the Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act (S.732) was introduced into Senate. This legislation contains many of the things that RPCVs and current PCVs in Guyana fought for. I know that in our Volunteer Advisory […]