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Washington - This matter is of extreme importance to me as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, (CBCF) to the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the leadership of the Foundation. I have begun the process of conducting an extensive audit of the scholarship program. As part of that audit, I have instructed every member of the Caucus, along with CBCF staff, to immediately review systems to ensure the highest degree of transparency, integrity and disclosure.
When this matter came to light, I immediately undertook measures demanding accountability and validation that members have complied with the guidelines in distributing college scholarships to students in their respective districts.
Neither the Foundation nor the CBC will allow unethical behavior in the awarding of scholarships or any programs that are designed to benefit the community. The Foundation, like most other philanthropic organizations, functions with a high level of checks and balances. Even in some of the most secured and highly respected philanthropic organizations, there are weaknesses and there are people who find a way around the system.
I will not allow the absence of integrity to invade the Foundation nor the scholarship program, of which we are proud and stand on our record of helping to educate thousands of African- American students across this nation. We are at a place and time that the process must be reviewed, upgraded, and evaluated to ensure added integrity through improved processes, increased scrutiny and certification.
Going forward, the Foundation will immediately begin to identify CBCF scholarship programs exhibiting best practices that require additional levels of certification. We have also delayed the launch of the upcoming scholarship program four months, to ensure all new measures are in place prior to the distribution of applications. There will be no self-dealing or nepotism in the awarding of college scholarships. I am confident that this audit and the resulting new processes will ensure added integrity in the scholarship program.
The scholarship program is one of the many community based programs conducted nationally by the CBCF. The mission remains to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, educating the public and developing effective programs and research to address social, economic and health disparities.
CBCF recently announced the new guest bloggers for its blog, The Village. The Village allows CBCF to bring a sense of community online. Through a series of featured guest bloggers, The Village covers opinions on current events and issues critical to the advancement of African Americans and the Diaspora and will be published twice weekly beginning June 3, 2013.
Throughout the centuries, humankind has been able to identify one person - an individual - who made a difference, who changed the thinking, who made an innovative discovery that led to a seismic shift in how history was written. “It Starts With You,” the theme of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) from Sept. 18-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington hopes to have the same impact on the thousands of individuals expected to attend the four-day conference.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is pleased that President Barack Obama has put forward the nomination of African-American leaders who are among our nation’s most innovative, and dedicated public servants.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will bring together experts for a town hall meeting to examine Diversifying the Nation's Teacher Workforce Thursday, April 18, 2013, from noon - 3 p.m. at the Howard University Blackburn Center.
As our Congressional leaders now begin to debate gun control measures on the floor of the Senate, we must not lose site of the potential implications of proposed laws requiring background checks, and increased security in our schools -- particularly in African-American and other underserved communities.
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