Official Statements

Nov 23, 2009
Dear Colleagues:We are pleased to share with you our Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2009, a year of major transition, growth, and progress for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the programs we support.This report confirms that national service programs are meeting critical needs across the country and that the Corporation is effectively moving toward accomplishing the goals set for us by President Obama and Congress with accountability and appropriate planning for continued growth.
Nov 16, 2009
Dear Colleagues:The Corporation remains highly focused on implementing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and we want to update you on some of our key activities over the past month.Staff from across the agency are working on implementation, from drafting rules and designing programs to conducting outreach and creating technology systems. While some steps are contingent on final enactment of our FY 2010 appropriation, we are moving forward on a wide range of components, consistent with deadlines, agency priorities, and consultations with Congress.
Nov 16, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues:I am pleased to report that, over this past weekend, we successfully transitioned the eSPAN, eGrants and AmeriCorps Portal to our new Managed Data Center Services contractor almost two weeks ahead of schedule! The systems are up and running and the change will have no effect on their functionality. This migration will improve overall system stability by removing the environmental issues (such as electricity) that have made these applications unavailable from time to time.
Nov 12, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,The eSPAN, eGrants and AmeriCorps Portal will be migrating to our new Managed Data Center Services contractor. In preparation for this enhancement, our systems- including My AmeriCorps, eGrants and eSpan- will be unavailable from Friday, November 13 at 8:00 PM EDT until Monday, November 16 at 8:00 AM EDT.This migration will improve the overall system by removing the environmental issues (electricity) that have made these systems become unavailable from time to time.
Nov 5, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,Last Friday, President Obama signed a continuing resolution which will fund the Corporation for National and Community Service and various other federal agencies and programs at Fiscal 2009 levels through December 18, 2009.
Oct 16, 2009
College Station, Texas4:39 P.M. CDTTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. So, howdy, Aggies.AUDIENCE: Howdy!THE PRESIDENT: It is an honor to be here with all of you today at this outstanding university. (Applause.)
Oct 15, 2009
Freedom TowerMiami, Florida 12:52 P.M. EDT MRS. OBAMA: Thank you everyone. Please, please, have a seat. Thank you so much. Congressman Boyd, I want to thank you for that very kind introduction. And thank you for your outstanding leadership in Washington on behalf of Florida's families, and for your proud support of Florida Campus Compact and the cause of service –- here in this state and across the country. We are very proud of you. And let's give Congressman Boyd a round of applause. (Applause.)
Oct 8, 2009
Speaking before a group of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders on June 30th, President Obama stated that:
Oct 1, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,Today marks the beginning of a new federal fiscal year, and I want to update you on recent actions on the Corporation’s budget.Earlier today, President Obama signed a continuing resolution which will fund federal agencies and programs at Fiscal 2009 levels through October 31. The continuing resolution, which was attached to the legislative branch appropriations bill, was needed to keep government programs operating after the official end of the fiscal year.
Oct 1, 2009
Dear Colleagues,The Corporation continues to be highly focused on implementing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and we want to highlight some recent activities since our last update in July.
Sep 23, 2009
- As prepared for delivery - Thank you for that kind introduction, and good morning everyone. I’d particularly like to thank Chairwoman Barbara Lee for her leadership, along with the rest of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the foundation, for all your work in pursuit of a more perfect union. It’s an honor to be here today, and I’m very excited by your Pathways Out of Poverty agenda, because I believe national service has an important role to play.
Aug 26, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Alan Solomont, Board Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, made the following statement on the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy:“Senator Kennedy’s death is a monumental loss to the national service movement as well as to the country. There was simply no one else like him.
Aug 7, 2009
Dear Colleagues,It’s been ten days since the release of the new My AmeriCorps, and I thought you might appreciate a brief update on the status of the system. I would like to extend a special thanks to those who worked directly on the My AmeriCorps project, and everyone who depends on it, for your patience throughout this process.Traffic through the system has been impressive, particularly just after launch. This chart shows a user breakdown over the first four days:
Aug 6, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Earlier today President Obama announced his intent to nominate the Corporation’s Board Chair Alan Solomont to serve as the United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra.
Jul 31, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
Jul 28, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,I am happy to inform you that My AmeriCorps’ Release 3 update successfully launched this morning, and is live and ready for use. We encourage you to log on and begin to take advantage of its new functions.As we all get accustomed to the My AmeriCorps upgrades, we understand that you may have questions about the system. We have put the following support mechanisms in place to make the transition as smooth as possible for you:
Jul 27, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,It has been a busy summer at the Corporation. We have been working hard to distribute 2009 grant funds, finish distributing Recovery Act awards, and plan the implementation of the Serve America Act, among other things. What follows is an update on the Serve America Act implementation – both what has happened since the Bill signing, and what you can expect in the next several months.
Jul 22, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,We are happy to inform you that the 3rd upgrade to My AmeriCorps will be launching next week, on Monday July 27, 2009 as scheduled.
Jul 21, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Congress is beginning to take action on the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill that funds the Corporation and its programs, and I want to give you a brief update.On May 7, President Obama submitted to Congress a budget request of $1.149 billion for the Corporation and its programs, a $259 million or 29 percent increase over the FY 2009 enacted level. The President’s budget would strengthen and expand existing programs and invest in key initiatives authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
Jul 8, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,As many of you know, at the end of July we plan to release the 3rd upgrade to MyAmeriCorps. In preparation for this upgrade, our systems – including My AmeriCorps, eGrants and eSPAN – will be unavailable from 8:00 PM Eastern, Friday, July 10 through 12:00 PM Eastern, Saturday, July 11.
Jun 30, 2009
2:21 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Well, it is wonderful to see all these do-gooders in one room. (Laughter.) And it is always a dangerous thing trying to follow Geoffrey Canada. (Laughter.) But I thank you all for being here.
Jun 22, 2009
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Jun 18, 2009
Dear Colleagues:I am following up on a message you received last week from Acting CEO Nicky Goren about the upcoming launch of My AmeriCorps. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.As described in the last message, My AmeriCorps will include new features for applicants, members, grantees, sponsors and staff, all building on the existing functions. Below is an overall summary of the member related functions for our various programs:
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
Dear Colleagues:I am writing to give you an update on the status of the next generation of My AmeriCorps. We have been working diligently over the last several months to put the necessary technical, program support, and training in place for a successful launch. Currently we are planning to launch this summer. We know that the earlier upgrades have presented some challenges, so we are hoping to smooth this transition with earlier advance notice, additional training, and by soliciting your feedback from the beginning.


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