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CFC Donations Can Be Earmarked For Terrorist Attack Victims

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2001 – As part of this year's Combined Federal Campaign, the director of the Office of Personnel and Management has authorized special solicitations of federal employees -- including DoD civilian and military -- and other initiatives to provide relief for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In a Sept. 12 memorandum for heads of federal departments and agencies, OPM Director Kay Cole James wrote: "In view of the magnitude of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I am authorizing department and agency heads to allow a special solicitation of federal employees at the workplace.

"Such a special solicitation will allow federal employees to assist the ongoing relief efforts in New York City and the National Capital Area with a one-time cash or check donation, outside the normal CFC procedures," she added.

Additionally, "a number of special relief funds have been created or will be created to deal with the relief efforts in the New York City and National Capital areas," James noted in the memo.

DoD's CFC campaign and associated terrorist victim relief solicitations "are starting up already for those organizations that have received supplies and have had their CFC key workers and team captains trained," said W. Stephen Kelly, director of Washington Headquarters Services' voluntary campaign management office. DoD's CFC ceremonial kickoff, he added, is slated Oct. 2.

Kelly recommends that military and DoD civilians use their CFC pledge cards to choose payroll deduction contributions, noting that organizations are currently receiving "record amounts of cash and checks" earmarked for terrorist attack disaster relief.

"I'm confident they would also strongly welcome payroll deductions, knowing such deductions for understandable reasons tend to be four to five times larger than cash or check contributions, and keep coming to them across the year," he remarked.

A number of charitable organizations that take part in CFC are involved in the New York and Washington relief efforts, OPM Director James said. Employees can continue to direct their contributions to designated charities during the CFC, she added.

However, she added, "the CFC of the National Capital Area and the New York City CFC are uniquely equipped to receive and distribute employee contributions, either to existing CFC charities that are involved in relief efforts" or to the specially created relief funds.

For more information on the Combined Federal Campaign and associated relief efforts for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, see the OPM CFC Web site at www.opm.gov/cfc.

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