FEMA Meets Obama’s FEMA Corps

November 3, 2012

What would be the difference between FEMA and FEMA Corps as displayed in this photo?

According to the AmeriCorps website: On March 13, 2012, the White House announced an innovative partnership between the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to establish a FEMA-devoted unit of 1,600 service corps members within AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) solely devoted to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

AmeriCorps is a signature program of Public Allies. President Obama was a member of the founding advisory board of Public Allies. First Lady Michelle was the founding Executive Director of Public Allies Chicago from Spring, 1993 until Fall, 1996, and served on the national board of directors from 1997 until 2001.

Obama’s AmeriCorps gives these jobs to high school dropouts with sweet benefits of childcare assistance, education award upon successful completion of service, housing, health coverage, living allowance, stipend, and training while the rest of America suffers with an 8% unemployment, a 50% unemployment rate for college grads, and veterans who can’t find jobs.

The job posting requires: An education level of less than high school completed

Age requirement: between 18 and 24 years of age

The program benefits/terms: Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Health Coverage, Living Allowance, Stipend, Training, Uniforms provided

As a reference point, Public Allies advertises the stipend it provides as $1,300 to $1,800 a month.

Guess who’s paying for this?

FEMA Corps job posting

 

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Inspector General removed by Obama after Kevin Johnson investigated

June 13, 2009

In an interesting twist of events, when I saw the Associated Press writers’ news release about the firing of the IG in The Sacramento Bee it piqued my interest. Having followed the AP stories on Johnsons’ nonprofit group for a few months now, it came as a surprise to see the person who is responsible for uncovering the misuse of funds fired by the President himself.

The removal of Gerald Walpin, the current Inspector General who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs by the President himself is interesting in itself. More interesting, the change comes after his friend was cited for misuse of funds through his nonprofit group.

The change is followed by an earlier investigation citing Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, of NBA fame and supporter of Obama of misuse of federal grants by his nonprofit education group. Johnsons group received funds from AmeriCorps, which gives grants to volunteers of  certain community service programs.

Federal investigators cited that some of the money was used to pay volunteers to run personal errands, political activities and even washing Johnson’s car. [read it here and here]

AmeriCorps is named as Public Allies signature program. Although the first lady gets more press on her personal involvement in Public Allies as founding Executive Director of Public Allies Chicago, few know President Obama was on the founding advisory board for Public Allies.

President Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill that triples the size of  AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000 positions within the first few months of his presidency. The bill is called the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or GIVE Act.


June 12 obscure news

June 12, 2009

Todays obscure news for June 12 revolves around Obama personally firing the Inspector General who investigated an AmeriCorps recipient, new cell phone technology, pandemic announcement and a cancer drug for dogs. enjoy!

Obama fires AmeriCorps’ IG who investigated Kevin Johnson – After investigating his nonprofit group, Federal investigators cited that federal funds were used to pay volunteers to run personal errands, political activities and even wash Johnson’s car   [read it at the Examiner]

Nokia phones could use ambient radio waves as power — The Nokia Research Centre in Cambridge, UK is currently working on a phone prototype that can harness ambient radio waves otherwise known as electromagnetic radiation from antennas, TV masts, WiFi transmitters among others as a source of power [read it at PCmag.Com]

 Swine flu fans first Pandemic since 1968, WHO says — WHO’s director-general, moved the alert to the top of the agency’s six-stage pandemic scale thursday on evidence the virus is spreading in communities outside the Americas [read it at Bloomberg.Com]

FDA approves cancer drug for dogs, too — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first cancer drug for dogs [read it at ScientificAmerican.Com]


June 7 obscure news

June 7, 2009

Breaking down the NBA draft historically by position, class and year – taking a step back to analyze how this year’s class and those before it fit together demographically [read it at DraftExpress.com]

Firm to give D.C. information about its voting devices — Primary night election netted more ballots than there were voters, resulting in thousands of phantom votes from Sequoia Voting Systems machines. The probe could enhance calls for a return to paper ballots nationwide or, at the very least, a paper trail [read it at WashingtonPost.com]

Audit slams largest AmeriCorps program — Inspector general says up to $75 million should be returned; Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) says no. [read it at YouthToday.Com]

Rep. Bachmann builds on-line grassroots support for new Anti-ACORN bill — Thousands of Americans are expressing support via an on-line petition for new legislation that would block taxpayer funding for organizations with a criminal history such as the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) [read it at WashingtonExaminer.Com]

US accuses pair of spying for Cuba — The US justice department said Walter Myers, 72, and his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 71, had been clandestine agents for Cuba for 30 years. This story exceeds any “spy” novel expectations [read it at aljazeera.net]

Hacker ‘Dark Tangent’ joins DHS Advisory Council – Jeff Moss, aka “Dark Tangent” and the former hacker behind the annual DefCon hacker confab in Las Vegas, was one of 16 people sworn in by the Homeland Security Secretary for cyber security [read it at Wired.Com]

Cut by Chrysler, 8 Dallas-area dealers wind down sales — “Gettin’ Outta Dodge” banners mostly mask the sense of betrayal at Frank Kent Dodge in Fort Worth.  Eliminating about a fourth of its dealers nationwide, the 789 dealerships are supposed to cease operations Tuesday  [read it at DallasNews.Com]

Former DA convicted of forgery, ID theft — Claiming to have power of attorney for his grown daughter,  he bought a car, took out a mortgage, secured a loan – then filed bankruptcy on her behalf. After a four day trial, a conviction resulted in 35 of 39 felony charges. [read it at leadrtelegram.com]

From Willnevergiveup archives: The death of polo horses – why it’s important to mind that decimal point

Obscure United States fact: Comparative area of the United States is about half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; more than twice the size of the European Union [source: CIA]

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May 17 news

May 17, 2009

Johns Hopkins Hospital – patient info may have been “leaked” … read the news

Barack Obama sends 2012 election rival to China … read the news

California AmeriCorps programs get $5.8 million in stimulus money … read the news

No Sacramento GM dealers say they were cut … read the news

RNC’s Steele Backs Bachmann’s Effort Against ACORN … read the news

Couple’s ‘buy black’ experiment becomes a movement … read the news

Ricci v. DeStefano reverse discrimination case of firefighters to be decided in Supreme Court — The Case for Colorblind Justice … read the news

Grocery chain acknowledges intrusions into its systems, says payment card data stolen … read the news

DETROIT: Feds charge 74 members and associates of motorcycle club … read the news

Exclusive: Steve Jobs’ Amazon.com account hacked, hacker claims … read the news

Phoney police nab 59 convicts out of Mexican prison …read the news

From Willnevergiveup archives: Foreclosures and bank accounting methods – the truth