It looks like the Peace Corps has accidentally allowed one of its important domain names to expire. Although the Peace Corps uses PeaceCorps.gov for its website (and most likely it’s email addresses as well), the PeaceCorps.com domain name expired within the last week and it is pending renewal.
If a visitor goes to PeaceCorps.com right now, a Network Solutions landing page will appear, and there is a message in the top right corner stating, “peacecorps.com expired on 01/06/2014 and is pending renewal or deletion.” The organization should be able to renew the domain name to reactivate it as it was before.
Should the domain name not be renewed in the next few weeks, it will most likely be sent to auction at NameJet, per its agreement to auction expired domain names registered at Network Solutions. This would likely turn into a public relations issue for all parties should someone else own PeaceCorps.com.
The Peace Corps has owned PeaceCorps.com since at least 2001 (and probably longer but I don’t have Whois records for beyond that). Based on a search at Archive.org, it appears the PeaceCorps.com domain name has been used as a forwarder to the Peace Corps website, so it’s possible nobody noticed that it was no longer functioning, especially since it’s expiration would not have impacted email.
Despite the fact that the PeaceCorps.com domain name wasn’t actively being used, it is still very important for the organization to renew it. There is no sense in potentially allowing someone else to be able to do something nefarious.
Afternoon Update: It appears that the domain name was renewed.