The Peace Corps has made a lot of progress in recent years boosting the numbers of people who sign up. Yet it has persistent problems with internal operations and in training and safety of its far flung volunteers. Peace Corps Inspector General Kathy Buller joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the latest annual IG report detailing these issues.
The Peace Corps will establish operations in Vietnam as part of President Barack Obama’s announced improvement in ties between the former enemy nations.
A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.
Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer producing-states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year’s list.
The Peace Corps has been working hard on streamlining its processes. Just a couple of weeks ago, we spoke with director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on how a simplified form pushed volunteer applications into the stratosphere. Now the Peace Corps has streamlined the way its volunteers around the world resupply their medical kits. An internal study showed that medical staff spent up to eight hours a week responding to volunteers requests. PC Medlink is supposed to fix all of that. Patrick Choquette, director of the Office of Innovation at the Peace Corps, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.
Americans are breaking down the doors to join the little old Peace Corps, virtually speaking. More than 17,000 people applied for two year service positions over the last year. That’s the most applications the agency’s received since 1992. Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what contributed to the agency’s recruiting success.
Agencies are creating roadblocks for auditors, three inspectors general told Congress. The IGs cited specific examples at the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Safety Board and the Justice Department.
In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.
The General Services Administration plans to have draft governmentwide policies for reusing and recycling used electronics by the end of this fiscal year. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability official for GSA, announced the agency’s efforts at the release of the updated national strategy for sustainable electronics.
The Peace Corps is simplifying its application process in a bid for more recruits. It is also giving volunteers more freedom to choose where they want to serve and what they want to do. The number of volunteers has steadily dropped over the last few years. The agency hopes to regain its popularity among college graduates. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the changes.