|Our primary goal at FOOD.Corps is to employ as many of our own people as possible, and we'll promote the exclusive use of American products and industries. We see building our infrastructure as essential to our country's economic recovery.
This concept will be important, even as FOOD.Corps begins to ramp up, and will remain a permanent goal.
Where we institute the program is central to its success, too. We believe keeping the work within our boarders, and taking advantage of existing facilities, will greatly improve the rate of success.
Many communities have expressed dismay with the closing of any number of domestic military bases over the last couple decades, as these facilities were seen as vital to the local economies and small businesses.
Military bases are the property of the American people and most were originally located in areas that were on major transportation routes. Army bases are generally close to rail road and major highway hubs, Air Force bases are, of course, airports and most Naval facilities are ports located on major shipping lanes.
Essentially a military base is a small town in and of itself, yet those who live on our bases do frequent outside local communities which stimulates and strengthens the regional small business economy. As our bases were originally closed they were in reasonably good shape, but will require a refurbishment and upgrade to bring them back to current standards. The jobs needed to construct and repair our FOOD.Corps facilities are all a part of the plan to put America back to work.
To be sure FOOD.Corps will require many workers in the agricultural, food processing and distribution fields. At each base of operation jobs will be needed in every category required to build, support and sustain a small town. The opportunities to employ Americans is virtually boundless.
Other less obvious jobs will include duties in these categories (much of this borrowed from DHS):
- Providing administrative support
- Compiling and preparing information
- Monitoring and tracking reports and special projects
- Monitoring and tracking funds utilization of FOOD.Corps budget
- Preparing a variety of reports on an ongoing basis
- Preparing correspondence, status reports, schedules and technical reports
- Buying/Pricing/Contract Negotiation, Finance & Accounting, General Administration/Clerical, and Human Resources
- Reviewing requests for procurement
- Analyzing requirements and recommending revisions to the statement of work
- Preparing solicitation documents
- Analyzing bids and proposals
- Recommending the award of purchase orders to senior specialists
- Assisting senior specialists by carrying out analytical contract specialist work that includes predetermined phases of assignments designed to provide broad exposure to work in the profession
Communications & Public Affairs
- Participating in developing, recommending, implementing, and evaluating policy for FOOD.Corps press relations programs
- Providing oversight and other assistance over FOOD.Corps information programs involving press releases, newspapers, magazines, and other publications, as well as radio and television
Finance & Accounting
- Participating in the development, evaluation, analysis and interpretation of policies to resolve accounting and audit problems
- Analyzing and resolving difficult issues related to the accounting aspects of programs where the resolution of problems requires an integrated financial approach
- Supporting professional and technical staff by performing a variety of clerical duties
- Assisting higher level employees with special projects
- Performing administrative duties including the construction of forms, sorting of mail, and other correspondence, and receiving and delivering telephone messages
- Familiarizing yourself with the structure and operations of the Office of Health Affairs
- Supporting FOOD.Corps activities with medical readiness and health care affairs
- Assisting in the development of policies and procedures with regard to specific health care neeeds
- Assisting in defining capabilities for medical first responders at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels
- Supporting medical planning as it relates to FOOD.Corps participants and their families
- FOOD.Corps Human Resources needs will be in the areas of recruitment, selection, placement, job analysis and workforce planning
- Determine and perform routine technical assignments, including modifications to vacancy announcements, posting job opportunities and issuing job appointment letters
- FOOD.Corps policy and planning
- Application software
- Operating systems
- Network service
- Data management
- Systems administration
- Customer support
- Planning, designing, developing, acquiring, documenting, testing, implementing, integrating, maintaining, or modifying of IT systems
Intelligence & Analysis
- Performing routine intelligence operations work involving collection, analysis, evaluation, interpretation, and dissemination of information
- Compiling data from specific sources for the use of senior specialists
- Evaluating and making preliminary analyses of intelligence data in terms of adequacy of detail and coverage
- Performing legal research
- Analyzing legal and policy implications, and presenting work products in draft form to Counsel on a variety of difficult legal problems
- Responding to inquiries and correspondence pertaining to legal matters
- Legal areas may include procurement law, immigration law, litigation, and legislation; including agency authorities and administrative law
Requirements: To be eligible for the FOOD.Corps program, participants must be:
- A United States citizen
- At least 16 years of age
- Willing to be deployed as needed for the duration of their commitment
NOTE: The Obama administration wants to use tough enforcement to win support in a broader campaign for a congressional overhaul of the U.S. immigration system next year. The White House would like to create a way for millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. to win legal residency and citizenship. Perhaps active participation in FOOD.Corps could be a part of that plan.
FOOD.Corps does not advocate, support or practice unlawful discrimination based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, sex, sexual preference, or physical handicap.