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Special Leave Fund Starts for Embassy Bombing Victims

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 1998 – Federal civil service workers can donate leave to recovering victims of the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa under a program authorized Aug. 12 by the president.

The Office of Personnel Management administers this special leave fund. Employees in any executive agency can donate annual leave to any employees who need more time to recover from being "adversely affected" by the Aug. 7 bombings.

The terrorist attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killed about 250 people, including three enlisted service members and nine other Americans, and injured thousands.

The emergency leave transfer fund is not part of the regular federal program and has more liberal rules. It allows donated leave to be used for medical emergencies and for personal needs or family member care arising from the bombings. It doesn't require recipients to exhaust their own annual and sick leave accounts before using donations.

For detailed information and program rules, point your Internet browser to the Office of Personnel Management's Web site at http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/1998/cpm98af2.htm. Download printable donation forms at http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/emerg.htm.

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