Archive - October 22, 2016

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Sneak Preview
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The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General Receives Two Awards for Excellence
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Marjorie Michaelmore Peace Corps Postcard, Part VI (Nigeria)

Sneak Preview

Sensations, experiences and smells pour through my fingers onto the keyboard. Just back from a month in the U.S. – New York, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Wisconsin, California – I don’t know where to begin. To get a handle on it all, I write down some glimmers of my journey, a sneak preview of what’s to come: New York: Precious time with my son and his girlfriend Pablo Neruda’s face on the Barnes and Noble coffee shop mural An American kestrel alighting on rooftop terrace Nocturnal stroll along the Chelsea High Line   En route from NY to Washington: Warm welcome from girlfriend’s family Touching five states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland Independence Hall tower in the distance   Washington, D.C.: Award at the Peace Corps Connect Conference for my memoir “Marrying Santiago” Recalling fifty-year-old adventures with long lost Peace Corps friends With my son, his first view of . . .

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The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General Receives Two Awards for Excellence

Press Release from Peace Corps https://www.peacecorps.gov/news/library/peace-corps-office-inspector-general-receives-two-awards-excellence/   WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2016 – The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General (OIG) received two awards for excellence at the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) 19th Annual Awards Ceremony held on October 20, 2016. CIGIE presented the Award for Excellence in Audits to an OIG team for their “Audit of the Peace Corps’ Healthcare Benefits Administration Contract.” This audit examined how the Peace Corps, through its contractor, processes claims for medical services provided to its Volunteers. The audit team found serious flaws in the Peace Corps’ contracting practices and the contractor did not fully follow the terms in the contract. The audit found Peace Corps spent $1.2 million on services that couldn’t be verified by records. Expert Jeffrey Lee, Lead Auditor Snehal Nanavati, Auditor Ann Lawrence, Former Assistant Inspector General for Audits Bradley Grubb, Assistant Inspector General for . . .

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Marjorie Michaelmore Peace Corps Postcard, Part VI (Nigeria)

By now at Idlewild a half dozen more Peace Corps HQ people had arrived, all having been dispatched from D.C. These were some of the famous original staffers at the agency: Ruth Olson operated as crisis manager for the occasion. She was well versed for the job. She had come to the Peace Corps in the first week of the agency from years of working in the military during World War II; Betty Harris, a former journalist and political operative from Texas was on hand; Tom Matthews had just arrived back from Bermuda. And also arriving unannounced and unexpected, sneaking through the press of people, was Marjorie’s boyfriend from Boston, an  NAACP lawyer. It was here that Marjorie received her handwritten note from JFK. I don’t know how that was arranged, my guess it was done by Bill Moyers, the rising start of the next Johnson administration, and at age 27, the Associate Director for Public Affairs for . . .

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