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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM approves special solicitation to support Harvey victims

Donations will help replenish and rebuild region’s resources

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that it has approved a special solicitation of Federal employees at the workplace to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which originally made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast last Friday and has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. 

This special solicitation, which ends September 29, 2017, will allow Federal employees and military personnel to assist the disaster relief efforts with cash or check donations outside the normal Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). These donations should help provide relief from Harvey, which has caused multiple fatalities and displaced tens of thousands of people.

“As Harvey continues to drop rain on the region, it is impossible to tell the exact size and scope of the devastation that will ultimately be caused, but it will be severe. Many Federal employees have expressed a desire to assist those in need in the region affected by this storm,” said OPM Acting Director Kathy McGettigan. “As such, I am authorizing department and agency heads to allow a special solicitation of Federal employees at the workplace to support the victims of this disaster.”

Because the special solicitation is conducted outside of the CFC, the Federal department, agency, or component conducting the solicitation is responsible for the oversight and administration of the collection of contributions. Each agency may determine which 501(c)(3) charity or charities will be permitted on Federal property to receive funds and issue receipts through the special solicitation. OPM does not make recommendations of charities, but encourages Federal agencies to review information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the strategic human capital partner to the federal government that is recruiting, retaining, and honoring the workforce that's landing rovers on Mars, fighting climate change and cancer, and building this country back better. OPM provides leadership and support to agencies through key issues and services-including human resource policy and oversight, federal employee benefits, and retirement services- that impact more than two million people in the federal workforce. As the nation's largest employer, the federal government is the model employer across sectors.

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