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The Charity and Security Network monitors U.S. and foreign government activities and a wide range of news sources to identify developments in national security policy that impact civil society and nonprofit organizations. We collect and disseminate relevant information on our website, via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and through our biweekly email newsletter, which contains links to a variety of news articles. To read the most recent issues of our email newsletter or to subscribe, click here

Our staff also creates news pieces on events and developments of particular interest to our members that are not covered in other news outlets. Those stories can be found below, in revese chronological order. 

CSN Letter to National Security Council Asks for Humanitarian, Peacebuilding Focus in Civil Society Review

Date: 
August 12, 2015
Author: 
Andrea Hall

In an early August letter to the National Security Council (NSC), the Charity & Security Network asks that federal agencies engaged abroad seize an opportunity to examine rules and policies that affect U.S. nonprofit organizations (NPOs) operating in global hot spots, where their work is badly needed.

Pursuant to the Presidential Memorandum – Civil Society of September 23, 2014, agencies engaged abroad are required to “review their internal regulations, policies, and procedures to ensure that programmatic requirements do not inadvertently impede civil society operations.” In addition, the signatories to the 2013 Joint Statement on the Promotion of Protection of Civil Society agreed “to lead by example to promote laws, policies, and practices that expand the spaces for civil society to operate in accordance with international law.” The regulatory review required by the Presidential Memorandum creates an opportunity to “lead by example,” states the August 4 letter to Laura Schulz, Director for Global Engagement at NSC.

USAID Issues Final Partner Vetting System Rule

Date: 
July 18, 2015

A long-awaited final Partner Vetting System (PVS) final rule was issued by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) June 26 (Partner Vetting in USAID Assistance, 80 Fed. Reg. 36693). The rule, which establishes a pilot project in five countries, requires many grant applicants to submit detailed personal information on key employees to USAID for comparison with intelligence databases. It is dismissive of concerns raised by nonprofit organizations (NGOs) and others in response to the proposed rule issued in 2013

C&SN Signs On to Letter Objecting to CVE Expansion

Date: 
July 15, 2015

The Charity & Security Network, joined by 42 civil liberties, human rights and racial justice organizations, has signed onto a letter expressing grave concerns about a proposed bill that would create a division devoted to “countering violent extremism” (CVE) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The office would be headed by a new Assistant Secretary and supported by a career Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the bill allocates $10 million annually from the budget of the Office of the Secretary of DHS to this new program.

H.R. 2899, The Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015, was introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (D-TX) June 25. A hearing on the bill was held July 15 in the House Committee on Homeland Security, followed by bill markup. Representatives from DHS did not attend the hearing, while many observers have speculated on the reasons for its absence. The bill passed out of committee that evening on a voice vote.

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