U.S. Department or Homeland Security 500 C Street, SW Washington.

DC 20472

OCT 0 2 2009
Gordon T, Pratt P.O. Box 18121 Milwaukee, WI53218 Dear Mr. Pratt, Thank you for your letter, dated May 1,2009, regarding the Save A Life Foundation's (SALF) relationship with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Citizen Corps. SALF became a Citizen Corps Affiliate on January 23,2003, and the affiliation was terminated on September 11, 2009. Your letter poses five specific questions, each addressed here: Question 1: Raises uncertainty about the number of students that SALF claims to have trained. Because DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not have a fiscal relationship with SALF, SALF is not required to submit training numbers to FEMA as a condition of being a Citizen Corps Affiliate, or for any other purpose, FEMA continues to remain supportive of engaging our Nation's youth in all elements of disaster preparedness, including education, drills, volunteer opportunities, and training in life saving skills. Question 2: Inquires about documentation to support Ms. Spizzirri's "educational and professional status," based on information provided in earlier correspondence. As you are aware, correspondence and all accompanying material between Ms. Spizzirri and DHS is only accessible via a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act. Question 3: Asks about the Community Response System Initiative (CRSI) Act and Col. Jill Morgenthaler's role in supporting the CRSI Act. The CRSI Act of 2006 (S. 3533) was not passed by the United States Congress, nor implemented by DHS. The legislation was introduced on June 16,2006; it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, with no further action taken by Congress. DHS has no record of Col. Morgenthaler's support of the CRSI Act, and additional questions concerning Col. Morgenthaler can be directed to the State of Illinois. Question 4: Requests a copy of correspondence that may have provided permission to SALF to use the DHS Seal. Similar to Question 2 above, all correspondence between Ms. Spizzirri and DHS is only accessible via a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act. Question 5; Investigates a potential conflict of interest involving a SALF officer and examines whether DHS would review the matter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, not DHS, Therefore, this matter does not pertain to DHS.


Additionally, DHS received your recent follow-up letter, which includes further questions about Citizen Corp's affiliation with SALF, based on the information published in the Daily Herald article on July 17,2009. Those questions are both addressed below: Follow-up Question 1: Presumes that Citizen Corps endorses SALF's new mission, given that changes or updates have not been made to SALF's page on the Citizen Corps website. FEMA's relationship with SALF was terminated on September 11,2009 and the organization has been removed from the Citizen Corps website, Follow-up Question 2: Asks for the name and contact information for the FEMA staff member who oversees the relationship with SALF. FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) Community Preparedness Division (CPD) presently manages relationships with Citizen Corps Affiliates. The Director of CPD, Karen Marsh, is the appropriate person to contact to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, Ms. Marsh can be reached at karen.marshffidhs.gov or by calling (202) 786-9530. Again, thank you for your correspondence and for your continued interest in homeland security issues. Sincerely,

Timothy W. Manning Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness

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