October 10, 2013
Just one day after it began, the annual effort to raise money from federal workers for charity has been suspended. Due to the government shutdown, the Defense Department today instructed employees to stop the Combined Federal Campaign.
In the Quad Cities area, it was supposed to start October 2nd, but postponed because of the shutdown. Then when many Defense Department workers were called back on Monday, the campaign started on Wednesday.
Matthew Kopel is chairman of this year's Illowa Combined Federal Campaign, serving 37 counties in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In a press release, he says all events, training, and fund-raisers are postponed until Congress and the president agree on a federal budget. But he looks forward to "a quick return and the resumption of a vigorous campaign."