This Holiday Season, Share the Joy By
I am pleased to take this opportunity to wish
each of you a happy holiday season. I hope that you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with
friends and family.
Contributing to CFC
Many people associate this time of year with the
exchange of presents between loved ones, and the feeling of joy and fulfilment
that comes from the act of giving.
But there are many outside our circle of friends
and family who would benefit tremendously from even a small gift. Often, we do not know
these people, nor do we know the best way to reach them. However, there are countless
organizations that can act as an intermediary, and provide services to those
who are in need. There is an easy and rewarding way for all of us to reach people across
this city and across the country Ė by giving to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
The CFC provides federal employees with the opportunity to
support charitable organizations of their choice in a coordinated, annual campaign.
Over 3,400 international, national, and local charities depend on the generosity of
people like yourself who utilize this program to give back to their community.
Last year, Department employees contributed an estimated
$9 million to many worthwhile organizations that in turn reached out to those in
need to make a difference in their lives. This year I am asking everyone in the
Department to consider participating in the biggest Justice Department
operation in CFC history Ė to raise $3 million in the Washington Metropolitan Area,
and $10 million nationwide.
To date, the Department has raised nearly $2 million in
the Washington Metropolitan Area. This is quite an accomplishment. But we can do
more Ė and it is not too late to give. A small, one-time gift to our community can
provide a new beginning to those who had lost hope. By giving to the CFC, we help
provide a warm bed to those in need of shelter; we help to ensure that those who are
sick receive compassionate care and support; and we help conserve our environment for
As the Holiday Season gets underway and we spend time
with loved ones, and reflect upon the year that has passed, take the time to make a
difference in the lives of those you may never meet. CFC programs give countless
individuals a reason to celebrate the season. I ask each one of you take the
tradition of giving to heart, and consider a gift to the CFC.
Let us make this year the best year ever. Together we
can set a new standard for charitable participation for the new millennium.
To those of you who have already given, thank
you for your kindness and generosity. Your gift will have a tremendous impact
on the lives of others. For those who are undecided, I urge you to review
the Catalog of Caring, talk with your Keyworker, or visit the CFC Website
at www.cfcnca.org for more information about how you can help.
Thank you for your support of the CFC and all
of your hard work for the Department. I hope this Holiday Season brings you,
your family, and your loved ones many blessings.
Attorney General Reno, New Senior Executives Honored
Attorney General Reno and 12 new Senior Executive Service
(SES) appointees in the Washington, D.C. region were recognized and honored at a
recent ceremony hosted by the Justice Departmentís Chapter of the Senior Executives
Association (SEA). Chapter members used the occasion to present a bouquet of flowers
to Attorney General Reno, applauding her leadership and expressing their appreciation
for the opportunity to work with her and for her support of Department executives.
Members of the Justice Departmentís chapter of SEA, a
professional organization that represents the interests of federal executives,
meet regularly with top Department officials to discuss topics of broad interest
such as budget issues, personnel matters, and executive training.
"I have nothing but the highest praise for the Departmentís
Senior Executives," Reno said. "I feel privileged and proud to have worked for nearly
eight years with such outstanding and dedicated public servants like yourselves."
New SES appointees include: Broadine Brown and Edward
Dolan of the U.S. Marshals Service; Betty M. Chemers and Harri J. Kramer of the
Office of Justice Programs; Blane K. Dessy of the Justice Management Division;
Claudia J. Flynn of PRAO; Robin Beusse and John C. Hardwick of the Bureau of Prisons;
Scott D. Hammond of Antitrust; Kevin J. Haugrud and David M. Uhlmann of Environment;
and Judith B. Wish of the Office of Professional Responsibility.
All Aboard the Employee Express
Have you heard about the new Employee Express (EE)
automation system that allows you to process payroll-related transactions electronically?
Well, get on board! Itís easy to use and will give you
more control over your personnel, payroll and benefits accounts. Instead of completing
and mailing forms to your personnel staff, you can now use the Internet or a touch-tone
phone to change federal and state tax withholdings, change your home address, initiate
and change allotments to financial institutions, and change contributions to your Thrift
Savings Plan. These services and more are available to you 24 hours a day, seven days
EE is also safe, secure and reliable. All you need to
make changes to your data is your social security number and an EE Personal
Identification Number (PIN).
For more information on how to obtain a PIN and the
types of payroll-related transactions available through Employee Express, just
log on to www.employeeexpress.gov, or contact your servicing personnel specialist.
INS Commissioner Doris Meissner Resigns
After a seven-year tenure as head of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, INS Commissioner Doris Meissner resigned in mid-November.
She plans to return to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Her post as INS Commissioner caps a long and
distinguished career at the Justice Department, which began with her selection
as a White House Fellow in 1973, when she served as Special Assistant to
the Attorney General.
"The last seven years have been the most challenging and
rewarding of my professional career," Commissioner Meissner noted. "I am proud of this
agencyís accomplishments in enforcing our nationís immigration laws professionally
and in improving service to our customers."
"Commissioner Meissner has proven herself to be one of
the most respected and accomplished Commissioners in INS history," said Attorney
General Reno. "Her knowledge and expertise of immigration issues, coupled with
her humanity, fairness, dedication and compassion, have enabled her to
steer the agency toward a more balanced program of judicious enforcement and
improved customer service. She has served the American people well."
New Director Named to Head
Attorney General Janet Reno named U.S. Attorney Mark
T. Calloway, as Director of EOUSA in November. In addition to leading EOUSA, which
provides administrative support to the 94 U.S. Attorneysí offices around the country,
Calloway will continue to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North
Executive Office for
U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA)
Calloway has been serving as Chair of the Attorney
Generalís Advisory Committee since August 1999. The Advisory Committee, which was
created in 1973, advises the Attorney General on law enforcement matters and gives U.S.
Attorneys a key voice in Department policy.
"Mark Calloway is a tremendously effective U.S.
Attorney, and I have benefitted from his advice and counsel as the Chair of
my Advisory Committee," said Reno. "I look forward to continuing to work with
him as he takes on this important new assignment."
Justice Deparment Commemorates Korean War
Americans who served and those who gave their lives
during the Korean War, as well as those who are still missing in action, were
honored at the Departmentís Korean War Commemoration in November.
Attorney General Janet Reno, His Excellency Sung Chul
Yang, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught
(USAF Ret.), and Korean War veteran Richard Kirkland led the Departmentís
"This Commemoration allows us to honor and thank the
veterans of all nations that fought to preserve freedom. These veterans must know
that we will not forget what they accomplished 50 years ago," Attorney General
To find out more about the Korean War or
commemoration activities in your community, please visit the Department
of Defense Korean War website at http://korea50.army.mil/.
The Departmentís efforts were coordinated with the
assistance of a Departmental Korean War Commemoration Advisory Committee, comprised
of employees whose family members are veterans of the Korean War and those with an
interest in the era.