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In Final Hearings, National Commission to Consider Expanding Civic Education & Creating a Voluntary Service Registration System

Posted: June 13, 2019

HYDE PARK, N.Y. – The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service will hold two hearings on June 20 exploring policy options on how to create an expectation of service at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

The first hearing will explore creating a culture of service through expanding and enhancing civic education across the country and including service in school curriculum. More information on the policy options that will be discussed during this hearing can be found in the staff memorandum.

In the afternoon, the second hearing will explore how the government can develop or encourage an expectation of service in America, through a system designed to connect individuals to opportunities in military, national, and public service. This voluntary service registration system would allow Americans to opt-in to a system, provide baseline contact information, and share interests, education background, skills and service preferences. It would also allow service organizations, including the U.S military, all levels of government, and nonprofits, to identify and recruit candidates to meet their needs. More information on the system can be found in the staff memorandum.

These are the final hearings of 14 hearings the Commission is holding between February and June 2019. Each hearing will provide an opportunity for the Commission to learn from policy experts on key topics within the Commission’s mandate. Members of the public will also have an opportunity to provide comments at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony. 

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is an 11-member bipartisan commission tasked for the first time in American history with comprehensively and holistically reviewing the Selective Service System, along with military, national, and public service. The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about ideas of service as it develops recommendations for the Congress, the President, and the American public by March 2020. The Commission invites the public to share comments on its website and join the digital conversation on service on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.   


Thursday, June 20, 2019 

WHO:  The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service 


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Creating an Expectation of Service Hearing: Civic Education and Service in Schools


  • Mr. Derek Black, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law 
  • Ms. Annie Hsiao, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Discretionary Grants and Support Services in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education 
  • Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Tufts University 
  • Ms. Ananya Singh, Youth Advisory Council Mentor, National Youth Leadership Council    
  • Mr. Alhassan Susso, 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year, International Community High School

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Creating an Expectation of Service Hearing: An Infrastructure to Serve America


  • Brigadier General Derin Durham, Deputy Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service
  • Dr. Ben Ho, Associate Professor of Economics, Vassar College
  • Dr. Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and former CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., Senior Advisor for Opportunity Youth United
  • Mr. Drew Train, Co-Founder and President, OBERLAND
  • Mr. Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at the Center for National Defense, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation 

WHERE: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum | Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center | Multipurpose Conference Room | 4079 Albany Post Road | Hyde Park, NY 12538

RSVP with name, position (reporter, camera, photographer, etc.), media outlet, email, and phone to  

Throw: 60 feet

SAT Truck/Live feed: For interest, please send request as soon as possible.  

Note: Public wi-fi is available. Parking is available at the visitor’s center.