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OPM proposes CFC reforms

Apr. 5, 2013 - 01:26PM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments

The Office of Personnel Management on April 8 will officially propose a slate of reforms it hopes will overhaul the ailing Combined Federal Campaign.

In the regulation that will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, OPM will call for:

• Holding the CFC solicitation period between Oct. 1 and Jan. 15, instead between September and December. This is to encourage donations after employees return from December vacations.

• Allowing new employees to make payroll deductions within 30 days of their hiring, instead of waiting for the solicitation period.

• Eliminating cash, check and money order contributions, so only electronic pledges will be accepted. Electronic giving saves roughly $14 per pledge.

• Reducing the responsibilities of the Local Federal Coordinating Committees and renaming them Regional Coordinating Committees. Those committees would get additional training and oversight.

• Requiring charities to pay a yearly application fee to take part in the CFC campaign, as an advisory panel recommended last year. OPM hopes that would end the practice of donors paying for most campaign overhead with money deducted from their pledges.

• Creating a Disaster Relief Program that would allow federal employees to quickly contribute to relief programs within hours of a disaster such as last year’s Superstorm Sandy.

OPM will accept public comments on the proposed rule until June 7.

The changes come as the CFC is struggling with declining pledges and participation. Full results for the 2012 campaign are not released yet, but they are likely to be the lowest since 2006.

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Sean Reilly contributed to this story.

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