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Memorandum of Understanding Col Rafael A Robles, CAP Col Rafael A Robles, CAP General Counsel Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes.

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1 Memorandum of Understanding Col Rafael A Robles, CAP Col Rafael A Robles, CAP General Counsel Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

2 Direct Learning Objectives What should you take home from this topic? You should be able to: Ascertain when an MOU is appropriate/necessary Understand what alternatives are available to obtain mission authorization Know what works to expedite MOU processing Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

3 What is an MOU? Memorandum of Understanding. Ideally, an MOU is not a "contract". That is, it creates no enforceable rights until it is invoked, such as through a request for a mission by a state agency coupled with CAP's acceptance of the mission by a wing commander or his/her representative. Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

4 Why MOUs? Marketing Missions Grants & Allocations Liability Protection Air Force assigned mission (AFAM) status Managing and Administering Operations Facilitating the conduct of recurring missions for other organizations Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

5 What’s Changed? Loss of MOU-created AFAM status Especially re state missions (now corporate) Federal MOUs Limited (criteria unclear) Strong favoring of Requests for Assistance (RFAs) Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

6 Appropriate or Necessary Appropriate “Recurring need?” Parties anticipate 12 CAP performing approximately 12 or more per year. (CAPR 111-2, 1.i.) Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

7 Appropriate or Necessary Necessary “Every CAP wing is required to maintain a current MOU with the state in which it operates.... Wings that do not have a current MOU with the state must submit a statement of reasons....” (CAPR 111-2, 3.a.(2)) Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

8 Alternatives The sheriff wants us to fly a mission for him/her. We have no MOU with the county. Can we fly the mission? Maybe, there may be some alternatives. He/She may: Be able to get an AFAM through Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) or Air Force National Security Emergency Preparedness (AFNSEP.) Contact CAP’s National Operation Center for assistance in getting an AFAM or a corporate mission assignment. Work with his/her attorney (county counsel?) in making a formal Request for Assistance (RFA) of USAF or another federal agency Have other options – any thoughts? Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

9 Expediting MOUs How expeditious is MOU handling? Old: One or two months was fast New: Two weeks is a reasonable Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

10 Expediting MOUs How do I ensure expeditious handling? Use the form and be thorough in your review and employment of it Send it electronically to Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

11 Expediting MOUs Are there some “items of special interest?” AF requested language The subject MOU is between CAP Corporation and [State Agency] and is not an agreement with CAP as the Air Force Auxiliary. The United States Air Force has priority in the use of CAP equipment bought with appropriated funds. The priority for utilizing CAP resources is: (1) USAF; (2) Other DoD departments and agencies; (3) other Federal departments and agencies; (4) State agencies and (5) Local agencies. CAP volunteers flying missions under this MOU are not eligible for FTCA or FECA benefits. No Air Force Assigned Missions (AFAM) will be assigned pursuant to this MOU. Missions flown and funded under this MOU are not eligible for payment or reimbursement from the federal government. Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

12 Expediting MOUs Are there some “items of special interest?” Protections of CAP & members  Tort immunity  Indemnity -Who should indemnify whom? Workers Compensation  Protection of member  Protection of CAP & state Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

13 Future Developments CAPR 111-2, Memoranda of Understanding Definition of terms Role of command in initiating MOUs Distinguishing between operational and non- operational MOUs Distinguishing between “recommended” and compulsory provisions of the regulation Specify required content Specify procedure No MOUs? Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

14 Summary MOU is appropriate where repeated missions are expected (12+ /year.) MOU is necessary with state – regulatory requirement MOU Alternatives AFRCC, AFNSEP, & NOC Request for Assistance Expediting MOU’s Use the form Be thorough in your review Transmit it electronically Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes

15 QUESTIONS? Memorandum of Understandings Hometown Citizens - Homeland Heroes


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