Federally-run “Corps” are overrunning our country. A newly established FEMA Corp is underway. The Corps members will be an expansion of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorp NCCC is under the purview of the CNCS. The NCCC stands for National Civilian Community Corps. The FEMA Corps is a new division of AmeriCorp NCCC. Sixteen hundred (that’s 1,600) new members will be added to the parenting AmeriCorp through FEMA Corps, which has the job of aiding us in the event of a disaster. And to do it in a “cost effective” way, according to Janet Napolitano. The idea was reportedly birthed after the Joplin, Missouri tornado, where AmeriCorp volunteers responded extremely well. The 1,600 WILL NOT replace FEMA’s existing employees. The White House says FEMA Corps will save taxpayers $60 MILLION per year, but…NBA star Kevin Johnson made off with $75 MILLION – just Kevin Johnson, now Mayor of Sacramento. Among the BILLIONS being spent there is surely far more than $60 MILLION in fraud (more on the $75 MILLION below). Also see below that ACORN is still receiving funding through AmeriCorp/CNCS.
We’re not done yet. There is the National Service Corporation formed under The Edward Kennedy Serve America Act (SAA) in early 2009 – Taxpayer funded by $6 BILLION. That’s SIX BILLION DOLLARS. I cannot find a clear statement of who administers this gargantuan organization, but I believe it is AmeriCorps via CNCS.
Millions of dollars in government grants, pell grants and scholarships are awarded through these volunteer programs.
On April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act at an elementary school in Washington DC (read more). The Serve America Act reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service by amending the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA)…
The Serve America Act, which goes into effect on October 1, would increase and enhance opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve by increasing AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000 positions over the next eight years, while increasing opportunities for students and older Americans to serve. It will strengthen America’s civic infrastructure through social innovation, volunteer mobilization, and building nonprofit capacity. The new law is also designed to strengthen the management, cost-effectiveness and accountability of national service programs by increasing flexibility, consolidating funding streams, and introducing more competition. For a bill summary, click here.
In January 2012, JudicialWatch updated their report on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in May 2009 for documents granting federal funds to ACORN. The documents revealed that ACORN Housing, a “sister” organization to ACORN was no longer available for government grants because of abuse of AmeriCorps funds. CNCS recovered $16,000 from ACORN Housing. BUT…JudicialWatch estimates there are 150-300 little ACORN’s out there, perhaps receiving AmeriCorps or other Government funding.
$75 MILLION of AmeriCorps funding infamously ended up in the coffers of NBA star and Sacramento, California Mayor, Kevin Johnson. That’s 75 MILLION DOLLARS! Inspector General Gerald Walpin reported the theft and abuse of taxpayer dollars and was illegally fired directly by the Obama White House, for reporting that an Obama donor (Kevin Johnson) should be tarred and feathered (my words). The scandal also involved minor girls and his well-known girlfriend, former D.C. School Chancellor, Michelle Rhee (look for the red text at the bottom of the article.
Yet in January 2012, JudicalWatch tells us hundreds of little acorns may be/could be receiving Government funding:
Due to ACORN Housing’s violation, the AmeriCorps grant program no longer provides any funding to ACORN, according to an email from AmeriCorp’s Deputy Director Lois Nembhard. “[State] and [National] hasn’t funded ACORN directly since before my time here.” (page 29) However, Nembhard acknowledged that she was unsure if ACORN was receiving funding through its affiliates and subgroups. Affiliates of ACORN still have other grants through CNCS, including Detroit ACORN, which has an open National Direct grant.
The funds siphoned out of our financial life blood through “our communities,” as Slate refers to them, is appalling. It’s a great idea to provide children, teens, college students and seniors organized volunteer opportunities, but the massive and always growing umbrella of initiatives cannot be managed with efficiency. Kevin Johnson and ACORN are two good examples of fraud that likely reaches/has surpassed levels of gross corruption.
UPDATE: For 10 months of service in AmeriCorp, a volunteer receives about $4000, and then is eligible for the Segal Education Award which generally is $5,550 to use toward education or repayment of education loans. Some math: Expective AmeriCorp force of 250,000 X $9,550 = $2,387,500,000. TWO BILLION, THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS excluding any of the campus, housing, feeding, equipment and administrative costs.