U.S. ARMY RECRUITING COMMAND. 2007 PCC FAMILY READINESS GROUPS (FRGs). CHANGES. DA PAM 608-47 rescinded more than a year ago. Army and DOD regulations, as well as our interpretations of these rules, have changed. FRGs are now a part of the Command, and no longer private organizations
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FAMILY READINESS GROUPS (FRGs)
Unclear classification of FRG status.
FRG funding guidance spread across several regulations.
FRGs maintain informal funds.
Informal funds capped at $1,000.
FRGs conduct fund-raising activities to support social activities.
FRGs are an official Army program.
FRG mission activities must be supported using appropriated funds to the same extent as any other commander’s program.
$5,000 income cap per year.
Fundraising limited to internal group.
No. FRGs are now an official program of the Department of the Army. Therefore, their mission activities must be supported using appropriated funds (APFs) to the same extent as any other Commander’s program. Non-appropriated funds (NAF) cannot be used.
Informal Funds rule: According to our new guidance, FRGs should limit their annual incomes to under $5,000. Income over $5,000 may be subject to Federal tax liability.
No. Because they are now considered an official Army program, FRGs may not engage in external fundraising. Army personnel and FRG volunteers must abide by ethics rules including the prohibition against soliciting for gifts or donations (5 CFR § 2635.101(b)).
Maybe. Fundraising must be (1) for the informal fund; and (2) approved by the unit commander and installation commander. The fundraiser must also be of some benefit to the installation (for example, 10% of the proceeds will go to ACS).
Yes. Informal funds can be used for new FRG member welcome gifts. Appropriated funds may not be used for this purpose.
No. Commanders cannot organize private organizations (POs) or direct their activities, including how POs spend their money. Private organizations (POs) may be established by individuals, to include FRG members if they so desire, to support shared goals and objectives.
Maintaining informal funds (who will have control?)
Interaction between FRGs and Private Organizations