Denis Illige-Saucier tagged Kelsi Ward's How does PC coordinate with other U.S. govt agencies to leverage resources and expand impact? with ask this question 2014-10-14 12:38:35 -0400
Although I think it is important to maintain the autonomy of Peace Corps, I think there are significant opportunities for Peace Corps to coordinate with other agencies (i.e. State/ USAID) to help expose emerging leaders from rural communities to the embassy network and engage PCVs in nominating/introducing non-traditional participants in new activities (i.e. ECA exchange programs, YALI, etc.) I know there are existing partnerships and collaborations but I'd love to hear more and how this may move forward in the future.
Denis Illige-Saucier tagged Meagen Sassman's RPCVs deserve access to affordable and comprehensive medical insurance with ask this question 2014-10-12 11:10:25 -0400
Upon return from our service in the spring of 2013 my husband and I, being without employment and above the age threshold to fall under our parents' health coverage plans, happened on a very difficult situation due to the lack of adequate support offered to RPCVs with regards to medical benefits. We discovered that the coverage offered by Peace Corps had no network providers within a 100-mile radius of our home. We also found the pre-authorization process for receiving care for medical conditions acquired during service to be cumbersome, and the out of pocket expenses were a huge burden as we attempted to find jobs and reintegrate. At the beginning of 2014 the availability of AfterCorps coverage, which my husband had been purchasing, was discontinued and we were directed to use the health insurance marketplace. After being told that we could not purchase health insurance through the market place because our income made us eligible for Medicaid, we were told to wait while our state Medicaid application was processed. Now, almost a year later, we are still waiting. Very fortunately, during our months uninsured, neither my husband nor I experienced any major emergencies or illnesses, but the risk (and the stress) was always there. Thankfully we were both able to find great jobs, and can now purchase benefits. But the time that we were left with no opportunity for affordable and comprehensive coverage after our 2 years of service is unacceptable. We were told that we would have options, and we did not. What is Peace Corps doing to remedy this "loop hole" which leaves RPCVs like ourselves uninsured and with the burden paying for medical expenses out of pocket during the first year?
Denis Illige-Saucier tagged Malcolm Odell's When and how do we best make case that Peace Corps is crucial to National Security? with ask this question 2014-10-10 12:39:25 -0400
When are we going to get serious about making the case to Congress and the American People that Peace Corps is at the heart of national security. Doubling, tripling the size of Peace Corps--amounting to only to the cost of a few hours of one day's national budget--will do more to win hearts and minds around the world that our our greatest protection against terror. It's our friends who are more likely to alert us to terror plots, dangerous people, and violent organizations more than all our astronomic investments in NSA, CIA, FBI, and DoD. America, with it's massive military presence around the world has now become the most feared nation in the world. We're no longer the 'beacon of light on the hill' that the world looked up to. Making the Peace Corps into a significant, sizeable, visible program is one of the best ways to reverse the negative view that people around the world now have of America and restore our status as a moral leader in the world.
Denis Illige-Saucier tagged How are the recent changes to the application process being assessed? with national 2014-10-08 11:09:13 -0400
Other than quantity of applications, what the standards by which the new application process will be judged?
Denis Illige-Saucier tagged Laura Mariko Schmitz's What are your goals over the next year to 5 years? with ask this question 2014-10-08 11:05:43 -0400
Denis Illige-Saucier tagged Why does Peace Corps use Avue for hiring instead of USAJOBS.gov? with federal 2014-10-08 10:58:34 -0400
And is that likely to change in the future?