Peace Corps: Current Issues [March 10, 2015]   [open pdf - 332KB]

"Founded in 1961, the Peace Corps has sought to meet its legislative mandate of promoting world peace and friendship by sending American volunteers to serve at the grassroots level in villages and towns in all corners of the globe. As of end September 2014, about 6,818 volunteers were serving in 64 nations. In 2015, the 114th Congress will consider the President's annual funding request for the Peace Corps, changes to the Peace Corps authorization legislation, and related issues. On December 16, 2014, the President signed into law H.R. 83 (P.L. 113-235), the Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act, FY2015, providing the Peace Corps with $379.5 million in FY2015, $0.5 million more than the FY2014 level. On February 2, 2015, the Administration issued its FY2016 budget request, proposing $410 million for the Peace Corps, $30.5 million more than the FY2015 level, an 8% increase. The last Peace Corps funding authorization (P.L. 106-30), approved in 1999, covered the years FY2000 to FY2003. On November 21, 2011, the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 was signed into law (P.L. 112-57). It put into place a number of safeguards to address and reduce the incidence of volunteer rape and sexual abuse. […] It made 64 recommendations supporting a six-point strategy that was adopted by the agency and has guided agency actions since then. In March 2014, the Peace Corps published its strategic plan for the years FY2014 through FY2018. It contains strategic objectives and performance goals associated with them that will also guide the agency in the next few years."

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