OPM cracks down after CFC audit

 OPM Director John Berry OPM Director John Berry OPM photo

The Office of Personnel Management has prohibited spending Combined Federal Campaign donations on meals, entertainment or travel the Federal Times reported.

The move follows an audit of the Washington-area CFC, where OPM’s inspector general found more than $300,000 in questionable expenses.

"Effective immediately, [local federal coordinating committees] are instructed not to approve, and [principal combined fund organizations] are directed not to incur, any expenses for food, beverages or entertainment, and no such expenses are to be charged against the proceeds of the campaign," OPM Director John Berry wrote.

In addition to the new rule, OPM ordered Global Impact, the company managing the Washington-area CFC, to repay $309,820 in questionable expenses so the money can be distributed to charities. While Global Impact says the money has been repaid, the president of the organization, Renee Acosta, said the organization will try to appeal the decision.

OPM also will set up a new task force, led by the watchdog Charity Navigator, to further review Global Impact’s finances.

"As the federal agency responsible for overseeing the CFC across the nation and around the world, OPM is committed to ensuring that charitable contributions made by federal employees and service members are properly administered, with the maximum amount reaching charities," Berry said in a statement. "Any failure to abide by OPM regulations regarding the handling of charitable contributions is unacceptable."

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.