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National Commission on Service Announces Next Phase in Three Year Effort – Public Hearings’ Schedule

Posted: January 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service today announced the dates, locations and topics of its public hearings. The Commission will host 14 public hearings on the policy alternatives it is considering for its final report.


The Commission will host fourteen public hearings in 2019:

  • Two hearings on Universal Service on February 21, 2019, at American University, Washington College of Law Claudio Grossman Hall in Washington, D.C.  
  • Two hearings on National Service on March 28, 2019, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station, TX.  
  • Four hearings on Selective Service on April 24 and 25, 2019, at Gallaudet University Peikoff Alumni House in Washington, D.C. 
  • Two hearings on Public Service on May 15, 2019, at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C.  
  • Two hearings on Military Service on May 16, 2019, at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C.  
  • Two hearings on Creating an Expectation of Service on June 20, 2019, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY.  


Each hearing will provide an opportunity for the Commission to receive expert testimony 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 expert testimony. Two weeks in advance of each hearing, the Commission will release a staff memo outlining policy alternatives under consideration for each hearing theme. More information can be found on the Commission’s website,


“Last year, the Commission conducted extensive research and traveled across the country, visiting all nine census divisions, including 15 states, 24 cities, and heard from more than 300 organizations about ways to encourage and inspire more Americans to serve,” said Dr. Joe Heck, Chairman. “The next phase of our work includes examining policy alternatives and seeking feedback from experts before determining what we recommend to the Congress, the President, and the American public.”


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. In a nation of more than 329 million people, the extraordinary potential for service is largely untapped.


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 by following the Commission on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram