The Combined Federal Campaign has been placed on hold while the federal government shutdown continues, according to a Pentagon memo.
Susan A. Yarwood, the human resources director with Washington Headquarters Services, announced that CFC activities in the continental United States, apart from on-going employee contributions, are indefinitely suspended.
The campaign is a one-stop shop for federal employees to make donations to thousands of charities through automatic payroll deductions. Last year, federal workers contributed $258 million via the CFC.
The 2013 CFC campaign started September 5. When the partial government shutdown hit on October 1, officials determined that the program would have to be suspended.
“Upon legal review, these activities are not excepted from furlough nor are they appropriate activities under the Pay Our Military Act,” Yarwood wrote in the memo dated Oct. 9. “Until such time as we have a continuing resolution or congressionally approved appropriation, please postpone all CFC events, training, and fund-raisers.”
During the hiatus, military and civilian members can still donate to the charities of their choice via the MyPay option.
Officials say the campaign is prepared to restart quickly once the shutdown is over.