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==Am I eligible for the Crisis Corps?==
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In general, applicants are required to have successfully completed their two years of Peace Corps Volunteer service. However, candidates who were not able to complete their PC service due to reasons beyond their control, (i.e. evacuation), but who have completed at least one year of PCV service (not including training), are considered as well. Often times additional regional or professional experience is necessary in order for these candidates to be competitive.
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==How is the Crisis Corps experience different from Peace Corps?==
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Returned Crisis Corps Volunteers ( CC Vs) have reported that assignments are intense, challenging, and rewarding. Many volunteers have commented that their Crisis Corps assignment provided an avenue to obtain career-focused experience while accomplishing tangible results in a condensed period of time. For more information on Crisis Corps Assignments, please refer to our recent projects.
  
==Appeal Response May 11th 2011==
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==How does the Crisis Corps recruit and place Volunteers?==
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The Crisis Corps maintains a database of COSing Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers interested in Crisis Corps work. When requests come in for Crisis Corps Volunteers, we search the database for candidates with the appropriate technical, language, and cross-cultural skills. Candidates with the appropriate skills sets will receive an email from a recruiter with a detailed position description. If the candidate is interested in the assignment then a telephone interview is conducted and professional references are checked, including references from Peace Corps staff (when available). It is particularly important that a candidate be able to work independently, with minimal support from Peace Corps staff. Finally, a candidate is invited and enters into the clearance process. Our goal is to have a CCV in country within 8-10 weeks of opening a project.
  
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Specifically, you request, "From Peace Corps Headquarters: 1) All Lawsuits against Peace Corps since 2000 please include summaries with information about the plaintiff and case proceedings. 2) All Lawsuits related to Peace Corps failure to comply with FOIA statutes since 2000." Attached please find a document (1 page). The document provides the names of the parties, citation, and brief summary of the case. This is the most responsive document available. No pages have been withheld. We are providing this to you at no cost.   
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==What should I do if I see a position that I am interested in, but have not been contacted by Crisis Corps?==
If you are not satisfied with this response to your request, you may appeal within 20 calendar days from the date of this letter stating the basis for your appeal. The appeal should be sent to Earl Yates, Associate Director – Management, Peace Corps 1111 20th Street, NW - Washington, DC 20526. Both the appeal and envelope should be clearly marked "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT APPEAL." 
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If you see an assignment that you are qualified and available for, it is entirely appropriate to contact us first as no database search is ever exhaustive. We have nearly 5000 applicants in our database and assignments can be quite competitive, so we recommend being proactive about watching for positions that interest you.  If you already have your application materials on file, simply send us an email or cover letter with the Position Title in the subject line so that the appropriate recruiter may evaluate your skills and follow up directly with you. Otherwise, when you apply, note the position you are interested in.
If you have questions regarding this response, please feel free to contact me at (202) 692-1236 or foia@peacecorps.gov. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Denora Miller 
 
FOIA Officer
 
  
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==Once under consideration for a Crisis Corps assignment, how long does it take before I am placed?==
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On average, the time from when an assignment opens to when a volunteer is placed in country is 6-10 weeks. Crisis Corps makes every effort to place Crisis Corps Volunteers within four to six weeks from the time an invitation is extended, pending medical and legal clearances. Volunteers can also transfer-extend into Crisis Corps assignments. The process is similar to Peace Corps Volunteer transfer-extension process.
  
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==Will I only be considered for an assignment in my region of service? ==
==Appeal Memo Response December 3rd 2010==
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The Crisis Corps seeks to make the strongest match possible between the request for assistance and the language, technical, and cross cultural skills of the Volunteer. Much depends on the nature of the request and the backgrounds of available candidates. In certain instances, language skills and country knowledge are less relevant than strong technical skills.  
Ms. Miller
 
This request is completely within the scope of what is releasable under FOIA . These documents and/or abstracts should be ready available in a table or summary format and that maybe provided prior to the delivery of the full request. Please describe this "alternative time frame for completion. "
 
  
==Appeal Memo November 26th 2010==
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==What type of training is provided for a Crisis Corps assignment?==
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Specifically, you request, “1) All Lawsuits against Peace Corps since 2000 please include summaries with information about the plaintiff and case proceedings. 2) All Lawsuits related to Peace Corps failure to comply with FOIA statutes since 2000.” 
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Volunteers receive a short Peace Corps orientation upon arrival to country, generally three days. The partnering organization also provides an orientation. No additional training is provided as Crisis Corps selects Volunteers who already have the relevant skills.  
  
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==Does Crisis Corps operate only in countries where there is an existing Peace Corps program?==
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No. The Crisis Corps can send Volunteers to a country that does not have a Peace Corps program as long as the safety and security of the Volunteers is reasonably assured and medical care is available. We have placed Crisis Corps Volunteers in Bosnia , a country that has not had a Peace Corps presence before, as well as in Venezuela , Czech Republic , and Sri Lanka – all countries in which Peace Corps had programs in the past.
  
Your request involves a "voluminous" amount of records which must be located, compiled, and reviewed. While the search for records began in August 2010, it has been determined that the search process could continue for several more weeks. Time will be needed to complete the review process of each document. When there is a need to search for, collect, and examine a voluminous amount of records the agency must allow the requester an opportunity to modify his or her request, or to arrange for an alternative timeframe for completion of the agency's processing.      
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==Are Crisis Corps Volunteers considered Peace Corps Volunteers?==
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Yes. The key difference is that your Crisis Corps assignment is short term. The rules and regulations that apply to Peace Corps Volunteers generally apply to Crisis Corps Volunteers, as well.  
  
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==Do Crisis Corps Volunteers receive the same benefits that Peace Corps Volunteers receive?==
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Crisis Corps Volunteers receive round trip airline tickets to and from their countries of assignment, settling-in, living, leave, and readjustment allowances, and medical care. CC Vs are also eligible for Workmen's Compensation for service-related injuries as well as for CorpsCare. Crisis Corps Volunteers receive the same amount of readjustment allowance as do Peace Corps Volunteers . The full amount of this allowance is sent to their home of record upon completion of their assignment.
  
If you decide not modify your request, please know that it is anticipated that it will take another eight weeks to process your request. If you have questions regarding this response, please feel free to contact me at (202) 692-1236 or foia@peacecorps.gov.
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==If I accept a Crisis Corps assignment, how does that affect my student loan deferrals?==
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Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible for certain student loan deferrals for up to 36 months of service. Since Crisis Corps service is Peace Corps service, you would be eligible for certain deferrals if you have not already exhausted the 36-month period.  
  
Sincerely,
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==Are Crisis Corps Volunteers eligible for non-competitive status for federal employment?==
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Due to the short term nature of Crisis Corps assignments, Crisis Corps Volunteers are not eligible for non-competitive status. However, if you serve as a Crisis Corps Volunteer during the one year non-competitive eligibility period following your two year Peace Corps service, Crisis Corps can write a recommendation to an employing agency requesting that the eligibility period be extended beyond the one year for the period of the Crisis Corps assignment.
  
Denora Miller
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==How do I find out what positions are currently available?==
FOIA Officer
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Open positions are posted in the Hotline, at Regional Offices, and on the Crisis Corps website, which is updated approximately once a week. For more information view our open positions.
  
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==How do I apply?==
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The application process consists of sending Crisis Corps an application, resume, and a copy of your Description of Service (if available) via email, fax or mail. Learn more about applying to the Crisis Corps.
  
==Appeal Received November 2nd 2010==
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==How do I contact Crisis Corps for additional information?==
This serves as an acknowledgment of your appeal. Your appeal has been assigned tracking number FOIA Appeal No. 11- 002. You will receive a respond within 20 business days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at FOIA@peacecorps.gov.     
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Please call our office at 800.424.8580 ext. 2250 or 202.692.2250.
==Appeal Memo November 1st 2010==
 
Dear FOIA office,
 
Could you please alert me to whether a case appeal number as been assigned and what that number is.  
 
  
 
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==External Links==
==Appeal Request October 25th 2010==
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.former.crisiscorps.faq Frequently Asked Questions] Official US Peace Corps Website
 
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[[Category:Peace Corps Response]]
This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552.
 
 
 
It has been WELL over 20 business days since my request was received by your agency on August 3rd 2010. This period clearly exceeds the 20 days provided by the statute, thus I deem my request denied. A copy of my correspondence and the email form showing receipt by your office with be forwarded.
 
 
 
The information which I have requested is clearly releasable under FOIA and in my opinion, may not validly be protected by any of the Act’s exemptions. I trust that upon re-consideration, you will reverse the decision denying me access to this material and grant my original request.
 
 
 
As I have made this request in the capacity of a (scholar/news service/interested member of public/etc) and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your expediting the consideration of my appeal in every way possible.
 
 
 
Thank you for your assistance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
==Memo August 30th 2010==
 
We are unable to provide you a final determination on your request within the statutory time frame established by the FOIA. We anticipate providing a respond to you by 9/13/10.   
 
 
 
If you agree to this extension, no reply is necessary. If we subsequently deny your request, you still have the right to file an administrative appeal. You may wish to consider limiting the scope of your request so that we can process it more quickly. If you want to limit your request, please submit a reply to this notification. 
 
 
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding this extension, please feel free to call me at 202-692-1236 or by email at foia@peacecorps.gov.  
 
 
 
                                                           
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Denora Miller
 
 
 
FOIA Officer
 
 
 
 
 
==Request August 2nd 2010==
 
Dear FOIA Officer,
 
 
 
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).
 
I am requesting the following information:
 
From Peace Corps Headquarters:
 
 
 
*1) All Lawsuits against Peace Corps since 2000 please include
 
summaries with information about the plaintiff and case proceedings.
 
*2) All Lawsuits related to Peace Corps failure to comply with FOIA
 
statutes since 2000.
 
 
 
An electronic fulfillment of this request would be ideal for both
 
parties. You are welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns
 
you might have in fulfilling this request. Please let me know if the
 
charges exceed $100 before continuing.
 
==Responsive Documents==
 
*[[Lawsuits against the Peace Corps]]
 

Revision as of 14:05, 23 November 2009

Am I eligible for the Crisis Corps?

In general, applicants are required to have successfully completed their two years of Peace Corps Volunteer service. However, candidates who were not able to complete their PC service due to reasons beyond their control, (i.e. evacuation), but who have completed at least one year of PCV service (not including training), are considered as well. Often times additional regional or professional experience is necessary in order for these candidates to be competitive.

How is the Crisis Corps experience different from Peace Corps?

Returned Crisis Corps Volunteers ( CC Vs) have reported that assignments are intense, challenging, and rewarding. Many volunteers have commented that their Crisis Corps assignment provided an avenue to obtain career-focused experience while accomplishing tangible results in a condensed period of time. For more information on Crisis Corps Assignments, please refer to our recent projects.

How does the Crisis Corps recruit and place Volunteers?

The Crisis Corps maintains a database of COSing Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers interested in Crisis Corps work. When requests come in for Crisis Corps Volunteers, we search the database for candidates with the appropriate technical, language, and cross-cultural skills. Candidates with the appropriate skills sets will receive an email from a recruiter with a detailed position description. If the candidate is interested in the assignment then a telephone interview is conducted and professional references are checked, including references from Peace Corps staff (when available). It is particularly important that a candidate be able to work independently, with minimal support from Peace Corps staff. Finally, a candidate is invited and enters into the clearance process. Our goal is to have a CCV in country within 8-10 weeks of opening a project.

What should I do if I see a position that I am interested in, but have not been contacted by Crisis Corps?

If you see an assignment that you are qualified and available for, it is entirely appropriate to contact us first as no database search is ever exhaustive. We have nearly 5000 applicants in our database and assignments can be quite competitive, so we recommend being proactive about watching for positions that interest you. If you already have your application materials on file, simply send us an email or cover letter with the Position Title in the subject line so that the appropriate recruiter may evaluate your skills and follow up directly with you. Otherwise, when you apply, note the position you are interested in.

Once under consideration for a Crisis Corps assignment, how long does it take before I am placed?

On average, the time from when an assignment opens to when a volunteer is placed in country is 6-10 weeks. Crisis Corps makes every effort to place Crisis Corps Volunteers within four to six weeks from the time an invitation is extended, pending medical and legal clearances. Volunteers can also transfer-extend into Crisis Corps assignments. The process is similar to Peace Corps Volunteer transfer-extension process.

Will I only be considered for an assignment in my region of service?

The Crisis Corps seeks to make the strongest match possible between the request for assistance and the language, technical, and cross cultural skills of the Volunteer. Much depends on the nature of the request and the backgrounds of available candidates. In certain instances, language skills and country knowledge are less relevant than strong technical skills.

What type of training is provided for a Crisis Corps assignment?

Volunteers receive a short Peace Corps orientation upon arrival to country, generally three days. The partnering organization also provides an orientation. No additional training is provided as Crisis Corps selects Volunteers who already have the relevant skills.

Does Crisis Corps operate only in countries where there is an existing Peace Corps program?

No. The Crisis Corps can send Volunteers to a country that does not have a Peace Corps program as long as the safety and security of the Volunteers is reasonably assured and medical care is available. We have placed Crisis Corps Volunteers in Bosnia , a country that has not had a Peace Corps presence before, as well as in Venezuela , Czech Republic , and Sri Lanka – all countries in which Peace Corps had programs in the past.

Are Crisis Corps Volunteers considered Peace Corps Volunteers?

Yes. The key difference is that your Crisis Corps assignment is short term. The rules and regulations that apply to Peace Corps Volunteers generally apply to Crisis Corps Volunteers, as well.

Do Crisis Corps Volunteers receive the same benefits that Peace Corps Volunteers receive?

Crisis Corps Volunteers receive round trip airline tickets to and from their countries of assignment, settling-in, living, leave, and readjustment allowances, and medical care. CC Vs are also eligible for Workmen's Compensation for service-related injuries as well as for CorpsCare. Crisis Corps Volunteers receive the same amount of readjustment allowance as do Peace Corps Volunteers . The full amount of this allowance is sent to their home of record upon completion of their assignment.

If I accept a Crisis Corps assignment, how does that affect my student loan deferrals?

Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible for certain student loan deferrals for up to 36 months of service. Since Crisis Corps service is Peace Corps service, you would be eligible for certain deferrals if you have not already exhausted the 36-month period.

Are Crisis Corps Volunteers eligible for non-competitive status for federal employment?

Due to the short term nature of Crisis Corps assignments, Crisis Corps Volunteers are not eligible for non-competitive status. However, if you serve as a Crisis Corps Volunteer during the one year non-competitive eligibility period following your two year Peace Corps service, Crisis Corps can write a recommendation to an employing agency requesting that the eligibility period be extended beyond the one year for the period of the Crisis Corps assignment.

How do I find out what positions are currently available?

Open positions are posted in the Hotline, at Regional Offices, and on the Crisis Corps website, which is updated approximately once a week. For more information view our open positions.

How do I apply?

The application process consists of sending Crisis Corps an application, resume, and a copy of your Description of Service (if available) via email, fax or mail. Learn more about applying to the Crisis Corps.

How do I contact Crisis Corps for additional information?

Please call our office at 800.424.8580 ext. 2250 or 202.692.2250.

External Links

Frequently Asked Questions Official US Peace Corps Website