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As federal agencies and employees resume work after the recent government shut down, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently announced an extension for the Combined Federal Campaign– a long-standing, government wide program aimed at helping charities and communities across the nation.
A letter from Elaine Kaplan, the agency’s acting director, stated the government shutdown caused many Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) events to be put on hold or cancelled. During the CFC season, which begins in September, agencies hold events aimed at educating federal workers about each charity and encouraging them to contribute. Kaplan acknowledged that federal workers and their families endured great uncertainty as well as financial difficulties during the shutdown, all of which affected their ability to participate in the CFC.
In an attempt to make-up for the lost time, the CFC deadline has been extended from December 15, 2013 until January 15, 2014. With this extension in place Kaplan said, “I encourage all Federal employees to attend campaign events, learn more about specific charities within the CFC, and give to the causes they support most passionately.”