Federal employee salary rates have been frozen since the last general raise was paid in January 2010; while some employees have not received any increase in salary since then, some have received raises for promotion, merit increases, or have advanced up the steps of their pay grades. Military personnel continued receiving annual raises during that period. The spokesperson said the agency does not break down the trends between the two groups.
CFC donations support charities working on a wide range of causes such as disaster relief, libraries, medical research and the arts, among many others.
OPM recently proposed numerous policy changes for the program, largely reflecting recommendations of an outside study in 2012. Those include managing the program on a regional rather than localized basis; having certain overhead costs paid from the charities’ application fees rather than from donor contributions; requiring that contributions be made electronically; allowing newly hired employees to begin participating immediately instead of waiting until the next solicitation period begins; and streamlining the application and auditing processes for some charities.