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    News Release

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011
    Contact: Jennifer Dorsey
    Tel: 202-606-2402

    CFC-50 Commission Begins its Work to Strengthen the CFC

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    CFC - 50 Commission holds its inaugural meeting on September 13, 2011. From left to right are Beverly Byron, Keith Willingham, Thomas Davis, Patrick Maguire. USOPM Photo By: Timothy Grant 09/13/2011

    Washington, DC - The CFC-50 Commission held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The Commission will advise U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry on strengthening the integrity, operation and effectiveness of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) to ensure its continued growth and success. The Director named two former members of Congress, the Honorable Tom Davis (R-VA) and the Honorable Beverly Byron (D-MD), as the bipartisan co-chairs of the Commission.

    "Beverly Bryon and Tom Davis led distinguished careers in Congress, and they are people of the utmost integrity and foresight.  I've had the privilege of knowing them both for many years, and I have every confidence that under their leadership, the CFC-50 Commission will light the way for the next half-century," said Director Berry. "Tom and Beverly know the needs of our communities, and the hearts of our federal workers, military servicemembers and postal workers.  Their service on this Commission will help us strengthen the integrity and impact of the Combined Federal Campaign, and I am deeply grateful to both of them for stepping forward to co-chair this Commission."

    Director Berry announced the genesis of a Commission during the CFC annual meeting held in New Orleans last February. "The CFC has been a source of food, of warmth, of light, of medicine, of schoolbooks - a source of life. For countless Americans and people in need around the world, it has been like bedrock - supporting them, even if they don't know it's there."

    Director Berry talked about the need for a Commission "to help answer the big questions, to make CFC more agile, more adaptable, and more relevant to more federal workers and more charities." He also said he looked forward to a Commission "to help chart our course for the next 50 years, to make the best even better." The CFC will celebrate its 50th anniversary later this year.

    The Commission will be responsible for:
    - reviewing the present structure of the CFC and recommend changes;

    - reviewing current processes and recommending changes;

    - developing recommendations for innovative ways to improve the CFC; and

    - developing recommendations for changes to the regulations and/or legislation to improve the CFC.

    The Commission is made up of a broad and diverse group of 28 key stakeholders, including members of the U.S. House of Representatives, CFC donors, campaign volunteers, non-government administrators of the campaign, participating charities and accountability/watchdog groups.

    The members of the Commission include:

    The Honorable Tom Davis

    The Honorable Beverly Byron

    Keith Willingham, Director, Combined Federal Campaign

    Local Federal Coordinating Committees (LFCC)
    Jean Brown
    Executive Director, Chicago FEB

    Major Ricky J. Anderson
    Great Falls Area CFC

    Lou Torchia

    Darlene Williams
    Greater North Carolina Area CFC

    Principal Combined Fund Organizations (PCFO)
    Marcus Glasgow
    Ohio River Valley CFC

    Xavier "Lew" Lewis
    Heart of Alabama CFC

    Lilly Lopez-Killelea
    Rio Grande Valley CFC

    Donna Violante
    Nutmeg CFC

    Federal Employees

    Doug Carmon, Special Advisor to the Secretary
    Department of Veterans Affairs

    Karissa DeCarlo
    Timpanogos Cave National Monument

    Shannon Hamm, Associate Deputy Administrator
    Policy and Program Development

    Felita Jackson, CFC of Greater Arkansas
    Social Security Administration

    Charitable Organizations
    Diana Aviv, Executive Director

    Barbara Daggett, Senior Director, Ethics, Compliance & Risk Management
    Catholic Charities USA

    Dianne Peters
    C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs

    Milissa Coder, Workplace Giving Coordinator
    NRA Foundation

    Patrick Maguire, Executive Director
    Maguire/Maguire, Inc.

    Kal Stein, Executive Director

    Marshall Strauss, President
    Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America

    Federal Associations
    Joseph Beaudoin, National President
    National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

    Jan Armstrong, Denver Chapter
    Young Government Leaders
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    Accountability Organizations
    Ken Berger, President & CEO
    Charity Navigator

    Michael Esser, Assistant Inspector General for Audits
    OPM Office of Inspector General

    Robert N. Goldenkoff, Director, Strategic Issues
    Government Accountability Office

    H. Art Taylor, Executive Director
    BBB Wise Giving Alliance

    The meetings are open to the public and documents pertaining to the Commission will be posted on the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) website at

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