From an email that went out this morning to HUD employees ...
HUD employees interested in helping the Iraqi people to govern themselves and rebuild their economy may soon have an opportunity. The State Department is seeking motivated, permanent Federal employees from around the government to serve our nation at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for one-year terms.
HUD is planning a presentation by State Department representatives for later this month, which will provide details on positions available, benefits of serving, and what life is like today in Iraq. HUD will also present an Iraq Service Recognition Package that will list additional compensation benefits.
If you have an interest in learning more about this opportunity and commitment, please notify *******.
This is a unique opportunity to serve our country and to help shape a free, more secure and prosperous Iraq. There are few such opportunities in life to make a lasting impact and contribution to history. We encourage you to consider this exciting opportunity.
Late this afternoon, I called up HUD spokesman Jerry Brown to find out more.
When I asked if this is the first time such an email for Iraq volunteers had been sent out or whether they were annual, he said "Sure, any time there's been a disaster." He went on to mention Katrina, flooding in the Dakotas, etc.
When I reiterated that I meant specifically a request for HUD volunteers to serve in Iraq, he said that this was the first time such a request had been sent out to HUD employees.
: The contact information in the second to last graf was deleted by TPM. We contacted the person in question, who referred us to Mr. Brown.)Late Update
: Folks in the Department of Commerce seem to have received a similar email.