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Departments OK'd to solicit relief donations

The Office of Personnel Management said departments and agencies may conduct a “special solicitation” of federal employees who wish to donate to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.


The Office of Personnel Management said departments and agencies may conduct a “special solicitation” of federal employees who wish to donate to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

“Many federal employees have expressed a desire to assist those in need in the region affected by this storm,” OPM Director John Berry stated in a message to top officials. “As such, I am authorizing department and agency heads to allow a special solicitation of federal employees at the workplace to support the victims of this disaster.”

Special solicitation exemptions allow federal, postal and military personnel to provide a one-time cash or check donation outside the Combined Federal Campaign, which is the only authorized channel for federal charitable donations. 

The solicitations, which must end by Nov. 21, can be approved or not at the discretion of the head of the department or agency. A solicitation must identify the charities that receive the funds. Agencies, which are responsible for the administration of any such effort, are required to make it clear that the program is independent of the CFC.

To see more, go to: www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=5121.

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