I have two serious questions about the efficacy of CAP. 1) Are we worth the money? How much money do we cost per life saved, and could our mission be better handled by local SAR teams with no cost to the Federal taxpayer? (I know this ignores our Cadet Program's value) and 2) Where is the Constitutional Authority for the Congress to allocate funds and Charter CAP? Major Lord
Okay, so if we argue that that the "reasonable and necessary" clause is our basis for existence ( and I think the thread addressing the question "are we part of the military has disposed of the previous question) The question still stands: Is CAP objectively worth Federal funding? The subjective standard of "our total contribution to the mission" is pretty fluffy, and sounds like an attempt to deflect the question of whether we really should be federally funded ( and there are other options). The R&N Clause is about as abused the Commerce Clause ( Heck, if we don't mind using the same Constitutional Authority as Internment Camps, Avocado Advisory Boards, and funding driving schools for the blind, I guess we should be happy) I am not asking if CAP should be blown to hades, but whether our supposed cost savings to the taxpayers are valid. ( CAP has created or saved over 10,000,000 adorable puppies is not a sufficient argument) Which Federal program would you cut to save CAP?Major Lord
Serious question on the topic of CAP and potential government shutdown:If money is previously allocated from NHQ for a training evolution, would a government shutdown still stop it from happening? Would it even if the money wasn't previously allocated?Our Compliance Inspection is this weekend - not that I'm hoping, or anything. . . I'd rather put it behind us as scheduled, but I have to ask.Oh, and we have asked up the chain of command, but no definitive response, yet.
ILWG Spring Encampment is OPSNORMAL regardless of the budget situation per my discussion this morning with the Chief who acts as our liaison.That implies the RTC will also be OPSNORMAL.
Subject: Possible Government ShutdownDate: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 15:38:01 -0500From: REasterling@capnhq.govSent on behalf of Mr. Don RowlandAll employees,Many of you have seen the recent news reports and newspaper headlines covering the increasing possibility of a Federal government shutdown when the Continuing Resolution expires this Friday, 8 April, due to the lack of agreement within Congress on a final budget for FY11. As I stated in my previous e-mail when we faced this possibility on 4 March, if this does happen I expect the duration of a government shutdown to be brief. I would like to reiterate that CAP is not a government agency, which means that a shutdown will not affect us the same way it will affect the operations of government agencies. CAP has funds to continue operations into May at our current spending levels. I expect there will be a final resolution to the federal budget which will allow us to continue operations beyond this date. Please plan on continuing day-to-day business as usual and know that you will be paid for any time that you are asked to work, even if there is a government shutdown. We will provide additional details as information becomes available, and do not hesitate to contact me or your director if there are any questions that you would like answered.Thank you,Don Rowland
Word has been received that all CG Aux activities will be suspended if a shutdown happens.
I presume we will have some impacts. State Directors are USAF employees, and unlikely to be considered essential...they're also civilian employees of the Department of the AF, so not military per se.Wing Admins are paid for with appropriated funds too IIRC. Again, unlikely they'd be deemed essential.
I hope you all realize that even though some people will be designated as essential, and thus must come to work, it dosent change the fact that the government is shut down and thus cant do anything. DHS, HHS, FEMA, Treasury, etc... all of their EOCs in Washington will have people on duty but their only duty will be to answer phones and tell people "sorry, we cant help you until the shutdown is over".