WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate passed a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) last night by unanimous consent.  The resolution was introduced by Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) along with Senators Joseph Lieberman (ID-Connecticut), Carl Levin (D-Michigan), and Tom Carper (D-Delaware).

“Federal employees dedicate their lives to serving and protecting the American people, and that call to service extends far beyond their professional lives,” said Senator Akaka.  “I applaud the generosity of our federal community and encourage every employee to consider what you can pledge to give this year.  Our combined efforts provide Americans and others across the globe access to the important support and services that these charities provide.”

The CFC was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.  For the past 50 years, the CFC has promoted and supported philanthropy through charitable contributions of Federal employees to thousands of charitable organizations in the United States and around the world.  Pledges made through the CFC during each annual campaign support 20,000 non-profit organizations.  Since 1961, Federal civilian, military, and Postal employees have donated nearly $7 billion dollars through the CFC, including $282 million last year alone.

This program is administered by the Office of Personnel Management.  The campaign season runs annually from September 1 to December 15. 

Senator Akaka is the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.