Is fundraising in the federal workplace or during official duty time allowed?

No. Fundraising in the federal workplace or during official duty time is generally prohibited. Official duty time is considered an official federal resource, similar to government purchase cards, computers, or vehicles. Federal government resources, which include equipment, property, and personnel, shall be used by Defense Department employees for official purposes in accordance with the Joint Ethics Regulation (DoD 5500.7-R).

Office parties or holiday balls are important to the morale of an organization, but we often forget they are not official events. Therefore, official resources may not be used to plan, conduct or fund raise for them. Meaning, if you are a federal government employee, you cannot use duty time to fund raise.

Service members are authorized to pay for personal expenses such as office parties or holiday balls out of pocket. Service members and DOD employees can also use ordinary vacation time, accrued leave, or weekends to conduct unofficial activities such as fundraising.

If you are having problems paying for your holiday parties, contact the Army Community Service Financial Readiness advisors for budget advice. ACS is located in Building 2915, Panzer Kaserne, or call 431-3362/civ. 07031-3362.

If you are motivated to give to a good cause, but do not want to violate the Joint Ethics Regulation and lose your job, contact your Combined Federal Campaign coordinator or visit http://cfcoverseas.org.

This FAQ is not intended as individual or specific legal advice. If you have specific issues or concerns, you should consult a judge advocate at the Stuttgart Law Center on Kelley Barracks.