Task Force on Expanding National Service

On July 15 at the White House, President Obama announced the creation of the new Task Force on Expanding National Service with representatives from cabinet agencies to identify additional ways that the public and private sectors can partner together to support national service as a strategy for tackling national priorities.

The Task Force will be established under a new Presidential Memorandum that builds directly on the bipartisan spirit of the Serve America Act.  The Task Force will be chaired by the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

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Among other activities, the Task Force will make recommendations on policies to expand national service opportunities, recommend ways to coordinate volunteering and service programs across the Federal government, develop opportunities for interagency agreements between CNCS and other federal agencies, and identify public-private partnerships to expand national service.

This effort builds on the success of other innovative partnerships launched in the past year including FEMA Corps, School Turnaround AmeriCorps, and STEM AmeriCorps. 

By creating new interagency and public-private partnerships for national service, the President’s action will engage more Americans in results-driven service, expand economic and educational opportunities for those who serve, enhance Federal agencies’ capacity to achieve their missions, more efficiently use tax dollars, and build the pipeline of Americans ready to enter public service.

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