Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Faith Based Drama Of Selling Tiny Humans: Elizabeth Darling & George Bush

UPDATE: I have provided the original complaint of the Faith Based Sex Scandal, below.

As the child welfare community cheers the heralding of the Families First Act, allow me to drop my 2 cents.

Elizabeth Darling is taking over for Jerry Milner, which is a wonderful event.

It seems Elizabeth Darling, has quite a colorful background in child welfare fraud, to say the least.

As a disclaimer, I have not pulled the original complaint, filed by her ex-husband, pro se, allegedly accusing Elizabeth Darling of doing the nasty with George Bush, and actually named it the "Faith Based Sex Scandal", as I have provided an order of the court, below.

It also seems the Faith Based scam originated in Texas, before the model was nationally, and internationally, through the State Department with USAID, implemented.

Faith Based is the original pilot of privatization, which just so happened to be signed as an Executive Order, under George Bush, Sr.

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OneStar Foundation
Faith Based funding, in a nut shell, privatized child welfare services to churches, mostly churches, where there are no civil rights, no FOIA, no audits, no questions asked because it always starts with the children because no one cares.

On the international side of Faith Based, you have Sam Brownback of the State Department, who has his own history of child welfare fraud.

Something tells me the old crew who colluded in privatizing the trafficking of tiny humans has been intentionally brought back, for a very special reason.

Something also tells me that this is going to take us to Michigan and Haiti.

Stay tuned.


Trump Taps Elizabeth Darling to Lead Administration on Children, Youth, and Families

President Trump has announced that Elizabeth Darling is his choice to serve as the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), one of the top child welfare jobs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Elizabeth Darling,
the Faith Based Queen
The job would mark a return to the agency for Darling, who spent three years with ACYF under George W. Bush helping establish the HHS Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Since 2009 Darling has been CEO of the OneStar Foundation, a philanthropic entity that works to improve the capacity and performance of nonprofits in Texas. Before that, she was the chief operating officer of the Corporation for National and Community Services, which oversees the federal AmeriCorps service learning project.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Darling will take over the division of HHS that oversees two child welfare agencies:
  • The Children’s Bureau, which among other things manages the multi-billion dollar IV-E child welfare entitlement, which just received a significant overhaul from Congress.
  • The Family and Youth Services Bureau, a smaller section that makes grants related to pregnancy prevention and serving runaway or homeless youth.
ACYF itself is a part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), which also includes Head Start, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Office of Child Support Enforcement, and several other family services-related agencies.

The Children’s Bureau is led by Jerry Milner, who is currently serving in an interim role as commissioner until Darling is officially on the job. Milner, who was a civil servant at ACYF during the Bush administration, has been the public face of child welfare policy for the Trump administration, and recently penned an op-ed in The Chronicle of Social Changepromoting the administration’s call for a more flexible block grant option for states willing to forgo the protection of the IV-E entitlement structure.

Trump long ago nominated Lynn Johnson, executive director of the Jefferson County (Colorado) Department of Human Services, to head up ACF, the parent agency for all of this work. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing on Johnson next Tuesday.

For the time being, Darling will be the top child welfare official as HHS prepares to accommodate sweeping changes to the federal IV-E entitlement, which heretofore has reimbursed states mostly for costs related to foster care placements and adoption subsidies. The Family First Prevention Services Act, which became law last month, creates a slate of reimbursable front-end options to help states pay for efforts at addressing abuse and neglect without using foster care.

The bill also puts a two-week clock on federal funding for congregate care and group homes under the IV-E entitlement.

The law’s main provisions don’t kick in until October of 2019. But Congress set a deadline of October 2018 for HHS to establish a clearinghouse of allowable front-end services, one of the many areas in which the agency will need to provide guidance to states.

“The Families First Act is a complex piece of legislation that made significant changes to existing programs as well as created a new funding stream that carries extensive requirements,” said ACF spokesperson Monique Richards, in an email to Youth Services Insider. “The Children’s Bureau … is still in the process of analyzing the legislation in order to determine an implementation plan and timeline.”

Darling has state-level experience with many of the federal programs related to youth and family services. She was the deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, which oversees the states welfare, Medicaid, child welfare and child care programs.

Darling served at ACYF from 2001 to 2003, helping establish the HHS Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Under the Bush administration, each cabinet-level agency with a focus on domestic work set up a faith-based outpost that connected to a central White House division.

CORRECTION, March 14: This article was updated to reflect that Jerry Milner was previously a civil servant at ACYF, and not an appointee of President Bush.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that the United States achieves the most beneficial economic use of its resources, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Definitions. For purposes of this order:

(a) "Privatization" means the disposition or transfer of an infrastructure asset, such as by sale or by long-term lease, from a State or local government to a private party.

(b) "Infrastructure asset" means any asset financed in whole or in part by the Federal Government and needed for the functioning of the economy. Examples of such assets include, but are not limited to: roads, tunnels, bridges, electricity supply facilities, mass transit, rail transportation, airports, ports, waterways, water supply facilities, recycling and wastewater treatment facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, housing, schools, prisons, and hospitals.

(c) "Originally authorized purposes" means the general objectives of the original grant program; however, the term is not intended to include every condition requires for a grantee to have obtained the original grant.

(d) "Transfer price" means:

          (i) the amount paid or to be paid by a private party for an infrastructure asset, if the asset is transferred as a result of a competitive bidding; of
          (ii) the appraised value of an infrastructure asset, as determined by the head of the executive department or agency and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, if the asset is not transferred as a result of competitive bidding.

(e) "State and local governments" means the government of any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States, and any country, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, regional or interstate governmental entity, council of governments, and any agency or instrumentality of a local government, and any federally recognized Indian Tribe.

Sec. 2. Fundamental Principles. Executive departments and agencies shall be guided by the following objectives and principles:

(a) Adequate and well-maintained infrastructure is critical to economic growth. Consistent with the principles of federalism enumerated in Executive Order No. 12612, and in order to allow the private sector to provide for infrastructure modernization and expansion, State and local governments should have greater freedom to privatize infrastructure assets.

(b) Private enterprise and competitively driven improvements are the foundation of our Nation's economy and economic growth. Federal financing of infrastructure assets should not act as a barrier to the achievement of economic efficiencies through additional private market financing or competitive practices, or both.

(c) State and local governments are in the best position to assess the respond to local needs. State and local governments should, subject to assuring continued compliance with Federal requirements that public use be on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, have maximum possible freedom to make decisions concerning the maintenance and disposition of their federally financed infrastructure assets.

(d) User fees are generally more efficient than general taxes as a means to support infrastructure assets. Privatization transactions should be structured so as not to result in unreasonable increases in charges to users.

Sec. 3. Privatization Initiative. To the extent permitted by law, the head of each executive department and agency shall undertake the following actions:

(a) Review those procedures affecting the management and disposition of federally financed infrastructure assets owned by State and local governments and modify those procedures to encourage appropriate privatization of such assets consistent with this order;

(b) Assist State and local governments in their efforts to advance the objectives of this order; and

(c) Approve State and local governments' requests to privatize infrastructure assets, consistent with the criteria in section 4 of this order and, where necessary, grant exceptions to the disposition requirements of the "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" common rule, or other relevant rules or regulations, for infrastructure assets; provided that the transfer price shall be distributed, as paid, in the following manner:

     (i) State and local governments shall first recoup in full the unadjusted dollar amount of their portion of total project costs (including any transaction and fix-up costs they incur) associated with the infrastructure assets involved;
     (ii) if proceeds remain, then the Federal Government shall recoup in full the amount of Federal grant awards associated with the infrastructure assets, less the applicable share of accumulated depreciation on such asset (calculating using the Internal Revenue Service accelerated depreciation schedule for the categories of assets in question); and
     (iii) finally, the State and local governments shall keep any remaining proceeds,

Sec. 4. Criteria. To the extent permitted by law, the head of an executive department or agency shall approve a request in accordance with section 3(c) of this order only if the grantee:

(a) Agrees to use the proceeds described in section 3(c)(iii) of this order only for investment in additional infrastructure assets (after public notice of the proposed investment), or for debt or tax reduction; and

(b) Demonstrates that a market mechanism, legally enforceable agreement, or regulatory mechanism will ensure that:
     (i) the infrastructure asset or assets will continue to be used for their originally authorized purposes, as long as needed for those purposes, even if the purchaser becomes insolvent or is otherwise hindered from fulfilling the originally authorized purposes; and
     (ii) user charges will be consistent with any current Federal conditions that protect users and the public by limiting the charges.

Sec. 5. Government-wide Coordination and Review. In implementing Executive Order Nos. 12291 and 12498 and OMB Circular No. A-19, the Office of Management and Budget, to the extent permitted by law and consistent with the provisions of those authorities, shall take action to ensure that the policies of the executive department and agencies are consistent with the principles, critiera, and requirements of this order. The Office of Management and Budget shall review the results of implementing this order and report thereon to the President 1 year after the date of this order.

Sec. 6. Preservation of Existing Authority. Nothing in this order is in any intended to limit any existing authority of the heads of executive departments and agencies to approve privatization proposals that are otherwise consistent with law.

Sec. 7. Judicial Review. This order is intended only to improve the internal management of the executive branch, and is not intended to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by a party against the United States, its agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other person.

George Bush
The White House,
April 30, 1992.

Elizabeth Darling Faith Based Sex Scandal Complaint by Beverly Tran on Scribd

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