What is the Federal Executive Board?
By Presidential Directive in 1961, President John F. Kennedy established Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) to achieve better interagency coordination and communication among federal departments and activities outside of Washington, DC. The need for effective coordination among federal organization’s field activities was clear in 1961, and it’s even more important today. Approximately 88% of all federal employees work outside of the National Capital Area and most federal programs are implemented through regional and local offices of departments and agencies. FEBs provide a forum for local federal leaders to connect and discuss management challenges and strategies, enable collaboration on goals, common issues and special initiatives, as well as share best practices.
There are 28 FEBs throughout the nation. The Portland Federal Executive Board was established in 1969 and renamed the Oregon Federal Executive Board in 1998 as part of an effort to expand its service area. Over the years, thousands of federal employees have worked together to create better partnerships and a more effective federal government in our region.
To increase the effectiveness of federal government by strengthening coordination of government activities.
To be catalysts for better government.
The Oregon Federal Executive Board is also supported by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Office of FEB Operations. They provide resources and a forum for the 28 FEBs nationwide to establish performance standards and national priorities. The 3 primary initiatives within which all FEBs deliver services are:
1. Emergency Preparedness, Employee Safety, and Security
Increase emergency preparedness of the local federal community by serving as the hub for information sharing, planning and coordination.
These services include:
FEMA authorized training and exercises
Hazardous incidents notification and work schedule coordination
Quarterly interagency emergency preparedness working group meetings
2. Workforce Development & Support
Improve the local federal workforce by providing critical training opportunities and learning experiences, and offer cost-effective services to resolve disputes and preserve working relationships. These services include:
Leadership & management training
OPM sponsored training programs
Shared Neutrals-ADR Program
Retirement Planning training
Disseminate recruitment, retention, and succession planning information
3. Strategic Partnerships
Improve communications among local federal community, across the nationwide FEB network, and with headquarter agencies in Washington D.C., and cultivate community relations by coordinating federal participation. These services include:
Support interagency collaboration and community outreach
Maintain Oregon FEB website
D.C. program announcements
Public Service Recognition Week
The Oregon FEB Board of Directors
The Board of Directors governs the Oregon FEB by setting goals and priorities based upon the common interests and needs of local federal agencies. They establish direction for the coordination of programs among member agencies and monitor the performance of those programs in conjunction with the performance of the Oregon FEB staff.
The Board of Directors also serves as a communications and networking forum member agency leaders - a place where executives build relationships with colleagues and strengthen partnerships with agencies.
The Committee consists of 15-20 local federal agency directors or senior managers and meets quarterly. It is led by a Chair and Vice-Chair, who are elected annually and serve from Oct. 1 - Sept. 30. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors are Administrative Services, the Local Federal Coordinating Committee of the Combined Federal Campaign and the Emergency Preparedness (C3) Committee. The Alternative Dispute Resolution/Shared Neutrals Committee is a sub-group of Administrative Services.
The Oregon FEB is currently staffed by the Executive Director, who is charged with carrying out the FEB's programs and supporting all committees. He reports to the Board of Directors and the Office of Personnel Management's Office of FEB Operations.
FY 2019 Board of Directors Voting Members
Colonel Aaron Dorf, US Army Corps of Engineers
Darwin G. Goodspeed, Portland VA Medical Center
Dianne Guidry, USDA Forest Service
Melanie Spraggins, Bonneville Power Administration
Jon LeBaron, Bureau of Land Management
Natalie Voruz, Federal Bureau of Investigation
At Large Executive Council Members
Quinn Andrus, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service
Anthony Barber, Environmental Protection Agency
Tony Ramirez, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Scott Deveau, General Services Administration
Dave Drasin, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Captain Thomas Griffitts, US Coast Guard
Steve Lewis, US Customs and Border Protection
Oregon FEB Chair
Stephen Taber, Transportation Security Administration, (503) 889-2214
Immediate Past Chair
David Ferguson, DHS/Transportation Security Administration - (503) 889-3070
Oregon and SW Washington Crisis Continuity Coalition Chair
Jose Diaz, Transportation Security Administration - (503) 889-3089
Shared Neutrals/Alternative Dispute Resolution Board Chair
Kimberly Koch-Hult, Governing Subcommittee Shared Neutrals Program (Non-Federal) - (503)-326-2070
Pacific Northwest CFC
Local Federal Coordinating Committee Chair
Chad Bash, Transportation Security Administration
Training Council Chair
Chad Bash, Transportation Security Administration
Public Service Recognition Week Chair
Oregon Federal Executive Board Executive Director
Joyce Hamilla, USDA Forest Service
Next Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, June 8, 2019
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (PDT)
Location: Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building,
1220 S.W. 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204 (Classroom 1a)