Archive - December 5, 2013

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KENNEDY PEACE CORPS COMMEMORATION ACT PASSES COMMITTEE
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FINALLY! The Peace Corps Is Improving Business Processes
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Getting rid of paper processes at the Peace Corps
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Review of Tom Weck's (Ethiopia 1965-67) Bully Bean

KENNEDY PEACE CORPS COMMEMORATION ACT PASSES COMMITTEE

Dec 4, 2013 Press Release Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy applauded today’s passage of the Peace Corps Commemoration Act (H.R. 915) by the House Committee on Natural Resources. Kennedy introduced this cost-free legislation in February to authorize the non-profit Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land in Washington, D.C. The Foundation is responsible for any costs associated with the commemorative work. Last month, Congressman Kennedy testified before the Committee on Natural Resources in support of the bill, which passed today by unanimous consent. “At a time when the international community was fractured by the Cold War, the founding of the Peace Corps reminded America of the best it had to offer: service to others for the common cause of global peace, mutual understanding, prosperity, and progress,” said Congressman Kennedy.  “Commemoratives in our nation’s capital celebrate the seminal moments in American history, and it is . . .

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FINALLY! The Peace Corps Is Improving Business Processes

[Thanks to Joanne Roll (Colombia 1963-65) for the ‘heads up’ on this item.] by Jason Miller Federal News Radio The Peace Corps is moving toward a lightweight, agile technology environment. And one way it’s doing that is by working differently with the business side of the house. “It used to be that people didn’t like working with us so at the very last minute they’d call us and say, ‘we need technology.’ That’s changed,” said Dorine Andrews, the Peace Corps chief information officer. “Now we are leading the sessions to redesign the business so that it allows the business people to make the decisions. I’m really excited about our role in front end business process reengineering.” The effort to empower the business folks isn’t new. Andrews started it when she became the Peace Corps CIO in 2010. But more than three years later, she said the priorities reflect just how . . .

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Getting rid of paper processes at the Peace Corps

[Thanks to Joanne Roll (Colombia 1963-65) for the ‘heads up’ on this item.] April 28, 2011 — The Peace Corps is modernizing the last of its global infrastructure networks this year and then it’s time for a break…sort of. Dorine Andrews says the 50-year-old agency will take a step back and reassess the status and health of its IT infrastructure and systems. Andrews, who’s been CIO at the agency for about nine months, said her staff of about 70 federal employees at the headquarters in Washington will start looking at back end administrative systems and changing the agency’s overall strategic approach to IT. Andrews said the Peace Corps is starting a pilot with Microsoft’s SharePoint software to move paper processes to electronic-something she said should have been done years ago. The end goal, she said, is to move the agency’s email system into the cloud and reduce the amount of . . .

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Review of Tom Weck's (Ethiopia 1965-67) Bully Bean

Bully Bean (Lima Bear Stories) Thomas Weck (Ethiopia 1965-67) and Peter Weck, Illustrated by Len DiSalvo Lima Bear Press 30 pages $15.95 (hardcover) 2013 Reviewed by Tony D’Souza (Ivory Coast 2000-02, Madagascar 2002-03) By this point, I think it’s safe to say that my kids will grow up with Thomas and Peter Weck’s Lima Bears; the series first appeared two years ago, and we’ve been following them ever since. In the short span of childhood, that’s been half my kids’ lives! The Wecks’ have released the fifth title in their series, Bully Bean, and I’ve been finding that there’s an odd congruence between where my kids are developmentally and the subject matters the Wecks’ are tackling. The bean bears of Limalot were facing their unfounded fears in The Cave Monster right around the time my kids discovered that the dark spaces under the bed and in the closet were great . . .

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