The Senate Foreign Relations Committee had Peace Corps on the agenda at today's business meeting.
The Committee gave its approval to Senate Bill 1382, the Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act. Authored by RPCV Senator Chris Dodd, the legislation calls upon the agency to conduct an assessment of 18 issues identified as key to the improvement and expansion of Peace Corps operations, and provide a strategic plan that includes one and five year goals and benchmarks to measure progress.
The Bill was passed with a manager's amendment, which eliminated the funding levels specified in the original text. A member of Senator Dodd's staff commented that this will allow for more focus on improving and reforming the Peace Corps.
The Committee also approved the nomination of former NPCA Board Member Carrie Hessler-Radelet to become the next Deputy Director of the Peace Corps.
With today's votes by the committee, both the legislation and the Hessler-Radelet nomination go to the full Senate for final approval.