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