Lakewood, Colo. (June 21, 2011) - Today, from a statuesque room in the United States Capitol overlooking the National Mall, the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a ceremony honoring House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) for their instrumental roles in FEEA’s founding 25 years ago.
FEEA will also honor Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry for his support of FEEA at a later date, as scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending today.
Citing the Congressmen’s support in getting FEEA off the ground in 1986 and their assistance in obtaining permission for FEEA to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) during its first year in existence, FEEA Board of Directors President Robert Tobias commented, “Without the assistance of Congressman Hoyer, his then-Legislative Director John Berry, and Congressman Wolf, we might not now be celebrating twenty-five years of successfully providing needed assistance to federal families. At a critical point in FEEA’s founding, these men put their belief in federal employees into action and helped launch the only organization devoted solely to providing aid to millions of civilian federal employees.”
FEEA Executive Director Steve Bauer kicked off today’s event with an overview of the organization’s many successes, and the role the three honorees played over the years. "FEEA's board, comprised of both management and unions, has always come together to do what is best for federal employees. Congressmen Hoyer and Wolf have done the same, never more so than when they helped FEEA 25 years ago," commented Bauer.
FEEA Board member Bill Bransford then presented Founders Awards to Congressmen Hoyer and Wolf, making note of the nearly $18 million that has been provided in scholarships and assistance over the last 25 years. Several members of FEEA’s Board of Directors also joined the celebration, including National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) National President Bill Dougan, Professional Managers Association (PMA) Executive Director Tom Burger, and Federal Managers Association (FMA) Executive Director Todd Wells.
Over the last 25 years, FEEA has assisted federal families after every major natural disaster since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, including providing more than $1.8 million in disaster grants to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Recent relief efforts have centered around civilian federal families impacted by tornadoes and flooding this spring, with over $28,000 in grants to more than fifty federal employees. FEEA also continues to provide full college scholarships to more than 275 students who lost a parent in the Oklahoma City bombing, at the Pentagon on 9/11, or in overseas terrorist attacks. Last year, 24 students received $194,129 from these three special scholarship funds. In addition, FEEA provided over $550,000 in no-interest loans to feds facing temporary financial emergencies, a 30 percent increase over the prior year and more than triple the amount provided just four years ago.
FEEA is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency, primarily funded through federal employee contributions to FEEA CFC Pledge #11185 and donations to special relief funds. Since 1986, FEEA has provided more than $10.2 million in scholarships to civilian federal employees and their dependents. The FEEA Emergency Assistance Program has provided more than $7.7 million in financial assistance to federal families experiencing natural disasters such as floods, fires and hurricanes, and to those experiencing unforeseen personal emergencies such as illness or death in the family. For more information about FEEA, visit www.feea.org.