Rudman Information Research Specialist
Ann Lordeman Specialist in Social Policy
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is an independent federal
agency that administers the programs authorized by two statutes: the
National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA; P.L. 101-610), as
amended, and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA; P.L.
93-113), as amended. NCSA and DVSA programs were amended and reauthorized through
FY2014 by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (P.L. 111-13). The report compares
CNCS funding provided in the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
(P.L. 112-10); the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-74);
and the President’s Budget Request for FY2013.
The NCSA is designed to meet unmet human, educational, environmental, and public
safety needs, and to renew an ethic of civic responsibility by encouraging
citizens to participate in national service programs. The major programs
authorized by NCSA include Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps State and
National Grants, and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). The
NCSA also authorizes the National Service Trust, which funds educational awards for
community service participants.
A central purpose of the DVSA, which authorizes the Volunteers in Service to
America (VISTA) program and the National Senior Volunteer Corps, is to
foster and expand voluntary service in communities while helping the
vulnerable, the disadvantaged, the elderly, and the poor. The National
Senior Volunteer Corps includes three main programs: the Foster Grandparent
Program, the Senior Companion Program, and the Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP).
Appropriations for the DVSA and the NCSA programs are made annually through the Departments
of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations
Act (Labor-HHS-ED). The Administration requests $1,062.6 million for the Corporation
for National and Community Service for FY2013, an amount that is $13.8 million more
(1.3%) than the FY2012-enacted appropriation of $1,048.9 million. The FY2012
amount is approximately $26.7 million less (2.5%) than the FY2011 enacted
amount of $1,075.6 million.
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