About the Author: Joe Pickerill is a Civilian Response Corps member in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction & Stabilization.
Professionalism. Respect. Ethics. These are the principles that underpin the values of the Civilian Response Corps. With missions in some of the most dangerous, austere and remote parts of the globe, the Corps recently paused to reaffirm its values, both to provide clarity to its volunteers as well as to demonstrate to the world that the United States Government will continue to conduct itself with the utmost integrity.
The Corps, as it is known to many, represents the very best of intra-government cooperation. Seven departments (Department of State; U.S. Agency for International Development; and Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Justice) are now working together across the interagency. Indeed, just last month, the Corps hit another milestone when it surpassed its interim goal of having 1,000 members in its ranks. With momentum growing behind this expeditionary force of diplomats and experts, the Civilian Response Corps, under the direction of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, recently published its Code of Conduct. Incorporating the three core principles of Professionalism, Respect, and Ethics as its driving ethos will ensure that this unique group maintains its sense of purpose as it represents America around the world. You can learn more here.