Charitable changes

Postal Service employees can expect changes during this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), including a later start date and the elimination of cash donations.

The CFC, the world’s largest charity drive, allows federal employees to contribute to more than 18,000 organizations. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) leads the campaign each year.

Here’s what you should know:

• The CFC has new dates. The campaign will begin Oct. 2, one month later than usual, and run through Jan. 12, 2018.

• Cash contributions are no longer be accepted. All contributions must be made by check, credit card or payroll deductions — no exceptions.

• CFC events must be informational only. The events must provide employees with information about the program and available charities.

Bake sales, auctions and other events organized to solicit cash are no longer permitted. However, group activities to raise awareness of CFC are encouraged.

• All Postal Service events must be reviewed and approved by the USPS Ethics Office prior to taking place. Organizers are required to seek advance approval from an ethics official by emailing Ethics.Help@usps.gov or calling 202-268-6346.

“Although OPM is making changes to this year’s CFC, I’m confident one thing won’t change: the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm that Postal Service employees bring to the Combined Federal Campaign each year,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Jeffrey Williamson.

“Our employees make a difference in every community across the country. Let’s continue our long-standing tradition of service by supporting this worthy program.”

Employees with questions should email the USPS CFC team.