OPM Authorizes Agency Solicitations for Sandy Victims

November 5, 2012

The Office of Personnel Management on Friday authorized agencies to launch one-time charity drives to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

OPM Director John Berry issued a memo granting the rare solicitation authority, which will be separate from the standard Combined Federal Campaign charity drive. Agencies can choose a charity or charities involved in relief efforts from last week’s storm, and collect cash or check donations from employees in the workplace until Nov. 21. OPM said payroll deductions will not be available for this solicitation, as they are for CFC drives.

It will be up to the agencies to make arrangements with their chosen charities on how they will deliver the donated funds, and to provide receipts to the donors, the memo said. OPM said that donors must be told this is not part of CFC.

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