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I’m happy to report that today OPM issued a regulation that gives us another way to honor our fallen Federal employees by providing their loved ones with an American flag to pay tribute to their service and to their ultimate sacrifice.

I know that many agencies and Federal employees have supported the creation of the Flag Recognition Benefit for Fallen Federal Civilian Employees, which provides this tangible symbol of our appreciation and respect for their loved one’s service and dedication.

Thursday is a National Day of Service and Remembrance. We will pause to recall the sacrifices of the Americans we lost on September 11, 2001. I hope we also take a moment to honor the sacrifices of the members of our Federal family who gave their lives on that tragic day. And we must remember that Federal employees throughout the nation and the world have lost their lives while serving the American public.

I encourage loved ones who would like to receive a flag to contact the personnel office of the Federal agency where the employee worked. The benefit applies only to employees who died on or after December 20, 2011, when the Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011 took effect. The law authorizes an agency to provide only a single flag on behalf of a deceased Federal civilian employee as a way to express the nation’s deepest sympathy and gratitude.

The final regulations describe the eligibility requirements and explain the procedures for requesting a flag. OPM has also prepared a guidance document that will be sent to agencies immediately.

So I hope all Federal employees will review the details of this benefit. If you know of a loved one who bravely served for our country and has passed away, please contact the personnel office of the Federal agency where the deceased Federal employee worked.

And as always, thank you to all of our Federal employees for the work you do for the American people each and every day.

Image of The American Flag with Text overlay that says 'Announcing the Flag Recognition Benefit for Fallen Federal Employees' 


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