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Employee Recognition

CFC regulations require that awards be of nominal value. This requirement is not just a CFC requirement, but is also a requirement of the Office of Government Ethics. Federal employees are not authorized to receive gifts and awards, other than those of nominal value. Generally, awards of nominal value are also considered to be minimal for personal tax liability. This principle also applies to any award that is to be presented to recognize an agency's CFC performance. The value is determined either by the cost of manufacturing the award or its fair market value.

It is not permissible, to give cash awards in any amount to Federal employees for soliciting funds for CFC. Cash incentive awards are intended to recognize employees for special acts or services related to official employment that contribute to the efficiency, economy or other improvement of government operations. While employees who volunteer to support CFC activities and events are highly regarded by the organizations and individuals who benefit from the campaign, their efforts should be recognized in a non-monetary acknowledgement. Giving to CFC is a personal choice, so recognition to Federal employees who solicit their co-workers must be based on exceptional efforts by the volunteer, not on the amount raised or the participation rate.

No Federal employee or Federal agency may receive an award or either recognition from an individual charity or federation for CFC performance. This does not preclude a Federal agency or employee from receiving recognition for humanitarian activities performed outside of the workplace that might include volunteer work at a CFC charity.

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