February 2016


Friday, February 19, 2016 
Conference Room, Klahr Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Univ. of Maine Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330

All business meetings are open to the public. The closest parking is the lot in front of the Randall Student Center. This link goes to a map of the campus layout.

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10:00 Public Comment Period  Portela
10:10 Call to Order Portela
10:12 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions 
2. Announcements
3. Quiz Answer 
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Focus on Mission/Responsibilities
 10:20 A. Briefing by Grant Selection and Performance Task Force
1. Task force charge 
2. Ongoing activities/responsibilities (maintenance of effort) 
3. Strategic Plan – strategies assigned for 2014 – 2017; completed work in 2015; focus for 2016.
10:35 B. Annual Review of AmeriCorps Program
1. Bangor AmeriCorps Opportunity Collaborative
J Aylmer
Planning and Future Initiatives
10:45 A. Report on December CNCS Evaluation Summit
(David Wihry represented the Commission at this national meeting.)
1. Key points, items to track, impact on MCCS and other state commissions
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
 10:55  A. Minutes 
1. January meeting
11:00 B. Executive Committee
1. Meeting notes posted. Action on policy for liaison to the Maine Volunteer Foundation that is outlined in notes.
11:10 C. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Confidentiality policy
2. Other
11:20 D. Board Development
1. Any updates
11:25 E. Excellence and Expertise 
1. Meeting notes are posted. Review minor changes in Professional Development Fund Policy. Respond to clarifications requested.
11:35 F. Public Information and Education/ Public Policy 
1. Meeting updates from Feb 16.
 11:40 G. CNCS Regional Office update Hite
11:45 I. MCCS Staff 
1. Volunteers assisting with office projects. Positions filled; openings remaining.
2. Changes in VolunteerMaine.org 
3. Program Development funding; Recruitment for Program Development/Training Officer
4. Other
Business Wrap Up
11:55 A. Adjourn to Task Force Work Sessions
1. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms 
2. Next business meeting is April 15, 2016- Conference Room 110, 19 Union Street, Augusta
Reports and Drafts

Meeting Schedules

View Calendar Notices Here

To facilitate board communication and assure compliance with the requirements for public notice, all MCCS meetings and work sessions will be posted on this site's Calendar as well as theState of Maine Legislative Calendar.

Task Force chairs are asked to check the dates/times/locations for their groups and notify staff of any changes.

As MCCS adds new staff and commissioners, we hope this central posting will help us all avoid "double booking" and, at the same time, make communication with partners smoother.


  1. Board Minutes: January 2016
  2. Executive Committee: February 2016
  3. Public Information and Education:   [to be posted - meeting is Feb. 16]
  4. Grant Selection and Performance:   February 2016
  5. Excellence and Expertise: February 2016
  6. Board Development:  no January meeting.


Program Officer Report:   January 2016

Professional Development Fund updated application guidelines
Governor's Service Awards - flyer for email distribution
Federal FY2017 Budget Summary for CNCS (posted on CNCS website)  
AmeriCorps National Direct Consultation Forms

Commish's Quiz

For Commissioners!

More than a contest, this is part of the "in-service education" for Commission board members.

Commission Members should: email their response before 5 pm Thursday, February 18, 2016!

Send your answers to Service.Commission@maine.gov. All correct answers will be well rewarded at the meeting with Ed Barrett's favorite prize.

This Month's Challenge

The Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ) is a document developed by each federal agency and collectively these comprise the President's Budget submitted to Congress. In the CNCS CBJ for FY2017 which was unveiled on February 8, there are many points to ponder and the public policy committee of ASC has a lively discussion on all of them.

To introduce you to this year's CBJ, here is this month's quiz.

On pages 50-51, the Volunteer Generation Fund is discussed. What Commission initiative is discussed as being supported by this grant program?

Bonus question: on page 12, in the paragraph beginning "SEC. [407] 405" what is the significance of the proposed changes? Hint: it has to do with the finding from our FBI audit and changes we had to make to handling the results of Criminal History Record checks for National Service programs.

Reference material: LINK TO CBJ

Note: don't be put off by the doc size. There are lots of charts and appendices.