Opinion & Commentary

2011

Comments submitted online by SSAI executive director Tony Sarmiento supporting the proposed additional indicator designed to complement the existing core performance indicators for SCSEP, but recommending specific revisions to the proposed regulations.

2010

Statement by SSAI executive director Tony Sarmiento advocating for SCSEP as a person-centered aging program with workforce and community service goals, for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs to serve larger numbers of older adults, and for more appropriate coordination between SCSEP and WIA. This joint listening session was the first ever convened by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging.

Statement by SSAI executive director Tony Sarmiento calling for a reauthorized Title V that elevates the status of community service and prepares low-income disadvantaged adults to become advocates and agents of change.

2009

Letter from SSAI executive director Tony Sarmiento to the Corporation advocating for engaging more older adults in national and community service through increased collaboration among the Corporation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Administration on Aging.

Statement by SSAI executive director Tony Sarmiento calling for the Corporation and the U.S. Department of Labor to strengthen coordination between the Corporation’s programs and the Senior Community Service Employment Program in response to the economic crisis.

2008

Letters from six national aging organizations and six state units on aging submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor in response to proposed SCSEP regulations issued in August 2008 (compiled by SSAI).

Letter from SSAI executive director Tony Sarmiento arguing that the proposed regulations do not conform with the 2006 Older Americans Act and will have a negative impact on the program.

2007

Joint letter signed by Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores, National Able Network, National Asian Pacific American Center on Aging, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, National Indian Council on Aging, and Senior Service America, Inc. expressing concern that the proposed performance measures will have major unintended negative effects on SCSEP and service to minority seniors.

2006

Statement by SSAI executive director Tony Sarmiento, including written comments submitted June 2006 in response to follow up questions.