Governor Wolf Announces Public Service Fellowship Program for Advanced Degree Graduates

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 19, 2016 Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In an effort to bring fresh ideas and attract the best and brightest minds to public service, Governor Wolf today announced the creation of the William Penn Fellowship for advanced degree graduates.“The William Penn Fellowship is a first of its kind program for state government in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Our goal is to invigorate the commonwealth with new ideas and create new opportunities to become involved in public service.”During the two-year fellowship, participants will become oriented to state government operations in the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) before being assigned to a specific agency. Fellows will work on projects related to the Governor’s priorities of Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach and Government that Works. At the conclusion of their fellowships, they will present the results of their work to the Governor and other senior officials.“The William Penn Fellows will work alongside leaders in state government to address the challenges facing Pennsylvania today,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich, whose office houses both GO-TIME and the Fellowship program. “In the process, they will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned through the pursuit of their advanced degrees and gain valuable experience that they can carry with them into the future.”The William Penn Fellowship is open to individuals with master’s-level and above degrees earned from December 2013 to August 2017. The application period opens in August. Selected candidates will be invited to Harrisburg in November for in-person interviews and final selections will be announced the following month. Fellowships will begin in summer 2017.For more information about the William Penn Fellowship, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf Announces Public Service Fellowship Program for Advanced Degree Graduateslast_img read more

McQuaid wary of ‘witch hunt’

first_img The Texan subsequently admitted doping and last November implicated Hein Verbruggen, McQuaid’s predecessor, as playing a role in a cover up. Verbruggen denies the allegations. The CIRC, which has the blessing of the World Anti-doping Agency, is chaired by Switzerland’s former state prosecutor Dick Marty and aims to conclude its investigation in the next 12 months. McQuaid has kept a low profile since leaving the UCI. He has had no contact with the CIRC and is still to decide whether to volunteer to give evidence, but vehemently denies wrongdoing. McQuaid, UCI president from 2005 to 2013, told Press Association Sport: “I haven’t made my mind up yet. I need to be convinced that this commission is going to look into all of the aspects of the reasons why doping was prevalent. “That is who was actually responsible, not just the UCI, but also people like WADA and USADA. “As I see in the terms of reference, there’s no inquiry into what their responsibilities may or may not have been in relation to doping and the fight against doping. “I don’t want to see a witch hunt into me and Hein Verbruggen only, when others have been responsible (for anti-doping activities) as well and should be asked to account for themselves as well.” The CIRC will assess the period from 1998 to 2013 – all of Armstrong’s post-comeback from cancer years and the period when Verbruggen and McQuaid were president. Dutchman Verbruggen was president from 1991 to 2005. Among the allegations being investigated is that Armstrong made a US dollars 100,000 donation for blood sampling equipment in 2002 to cover up a positive test. McQuaid, who has admitted it was wrong of the UCI to accept the donation, repeated his belief the organisation was at the vanguard of anti-doping during his tenure. He is adamant there was nothing to cover up as there was no evidence Armstrong tested positive. “As far as I’m concerned the UCI, during my period as president, which is all that I can speak for, was the leader in the fight against doping,” McQuaid added. “I would say the same goes for my predecessor’s period. The UCI was the leader in the fight against doping. “From that point of view, I don’t think the UCI should be taken to task for what may or may not have happened. I have to be convinced that this isn’t setting out to be a witch hunt. “At the end of the day, we now know Lance Armstrong never tested positive. Never tested positive. That’s a fact. “There is no proof anywhere, either in the USADA reasoned decision or anywhere else, that Lance Armstrong tested positive. If Lance Armstrong never tested positive, what is there to cover up?” Verbruggen has similar concerns to McQuaid and, in an email exchange with Press Association Sport, insisted there was no need for a cover-up. “There is simply nothing to hide as some 25 previous and current UCI anti-doping staff members can witness,” the Dutchman wrote. As the votes were being counted at the UCI congress in Florence last September, Swiss private investigators waited outside UCI headquarters in Aigle. As soon as Cookson was declared president, the investigators entered and seized computers, including McQuaid’s, to prevent any potential tampering of evidence. The Irishman’s files were copied and returned last week. Cookson insists his only agenda is to uncover the truth. Speaking at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Cookson told Press Association Sport: “I’ve never said anything other than there are things that need to be explained and investigated. “If they’re proved to be innocent, that’s fine, of course it is. “But we need that proper independent investigation of those very damaging allegations that have come out over the last few years.” Now the CIRC has been established, Cookson has handed over responsibility, but the Briton expects McQuaid and Verbruggen to come forward. Cookson added: “I expect all of those people who said this was just what they were waiting for will be as good as their word now. Let’s see what happens.” Armstrong has also previously stated his willingness to participate, but the Texan is embroiled in a number of legal battles and it remains to be seen if he commits to the CIRC. Former UCI president Pat McQuaid is still to decide whether he will take part in the Cycling Independent Reform Commission set up by his successor Brian Cookson, vowing not to be drawn into a “witch hunt”. Press Association Irishman McQuaid was deposed by Cookson as the head of cycling’s world governing body last September and the Briton has delivered in his promise for an independent body to review perceived past wrongdoings, including whether the UCI was complicit in Lance Armstrong’s doping. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results dating from 1 August 1998 after a United States Anti-doping Agency investigation uncovered his use of performance-enhancing drugs. last_img read more