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Department or Homeland Security

500 C Street, SW
Washington. DC 20472

OCT 0 2 2009

Gordon T, Pratt
P.O. Box 18121
Milwaukee, WI53218

Dear Mr. Pratt,

Thank you for your letter, dated May 1,2009, regarding the Save A Life Foundation's (SALF)
relationship with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Citizen Corps. SALF became a
Citizen Corps Affiliate on January 23,2003, and the affiliation was terminated on September 11,
2009. Your letter poses five specific questions, each addressed here:

Question 1: Raises uncertainty about the number of students that SALF claims to have trained.
Because DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not have a fiscal
relationship with SALF, SALF is not required to submit training numbers to FEMA as a condition
of being a Citizen Corps Affiliate, or for any other purpose, FEMA continues to remain supportive
of engaging our Nation's youth in all elements of disaster preparedness, including education, drills,
volunteer opportunities, and training in life saving skills.

Question 2: Inquires about documentation to support Ms. Spizzirri's "educational and professional
status," based on information provided in earlier correspondence. As you are aware,
correspondence and all accompanying material between Ms. Spizzirri and DHS is only accessible
via a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Question 3: Asks about the Community Response System Initiative (CRSI) Act and Col. Jill
Morgenthaler's role in supporting the CRSI Act. The CRSI Act of 2006 (S. 3533) was not passed
by the United States Congress, nor implemented by DHS. The legislation was introduced on June
16,2006; it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs, with no further action taken by Congress. DHS has no record of Col. Morgenthaler's
support of the CRSI Act, and additional questions concerning Col. Morgenthaler can be directed to
the State of Illinois.

Question 4: Requests a copy of correspondence that may have provided permission to SALF to
use the DHS Seal. Similar to Question 2 above, all correspondence between Ms. Spizzirri and
DHS is only accessible via a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Question 5; Investigates a potential conflict of interest involving a SALF officer and examines
whether DHS would review the matter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
are a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, not DHS, Therefore, this
matter does not pertain to DHS.

Additionally, DHS received your recent follow-up letter, which includes further questions about
Citizen Corp's affiliation with SALF, based on the information published in the Daily Herald
article on July 17,2009. Those questions are both addressed below:

Follow-up Question 1: Presumes that Citizen Corps endorses SALF's new mission, given that
changes or updates have not been made to SALF's page on the Citizen Corps website. FEMA's
relationship with SALF was terminated on September 11,2009 and the organization has been
removed from the Citizen Corps website,

Follow-up Question 2: Asks for the name and contact information for the FEMA staff member who
oversees the relationship with SALF. FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate (NPD)
Community Preparedness Division (CPD) presently manages relationships with Citizen Corps
Affiliates. The Director of CPD, Karen Marsh, is the appropriate person to contact to discuss any
questions or concerns you may have, Ms. Marsh can be reached at karen.marshffidhs.gov or by
calling (202) 786-9530.

Again, thank you for your correspondence and for your continued interest in homeland security


Timothy W. Manning
Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness