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Lawmakers ask OMB to intervene on new CFC rules

Apr. 17, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Rep. Darrell E. Issa testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during a hearing on 'Solutions to the Crisis Facing the U.S. Postal Service' at Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (Mike Morones/Federal Times) (Mike Morones/Army Times)

The Office of Management and Budget should revisit new Combined Federal Campaign regulations by the Office of Personnel Management, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote in an April 17 letter.

Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., and David Reichert, R-Wash., wrote that the addition of application fees and listing fees could discourage charities from signing up.

“Charities and watchdog groups agree that the charity application fees may disproportionately affect smaller charities and make it more difficult for them to participate in the CFC. As a result, although the rule was intended to increase donor participation, it could have the opposite effect,” the lawmakers wrote.

Requiring employees to pledge online may also reduce the amount of money charities can raise. About 10 percent of donations in 2012 were made by cash, check or money order, the lawmakers wrote.

OMB should carefully consider the new rules and whether they address public comments provided on the draft rules before allowing them to go forward, the lawmakers wrote.

The lawmakers also suggested a pilot program for some of these changes in order to better gauge the effect on charities and federal employees.

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