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 is 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.  Click here to view a location map. 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.

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement - Increase the effectiveness of Federal Government by strengthening coordination of Government activities. 

Vision – To be catalysts for better government. 

Primary Initiatives

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

Increases 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

  • Disseminate information

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                                              

Improves 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 1 Jan - 30 Dec. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors are the Local Federal Coordinating Committee of the Combined Federal Campaign, the Training Council, the Emergency Preparedness (C3) Committee, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution/Shared Neutrals Committee.

The Oregon FEB is currently staffed by the Executive Director, who is charged with carrying out the FEB's programs and supporting all committees. They report to the Board of Directors and the Office of Personnel Management's Office of FEB Operations.

David Ferguson, departing 2017 Chair of the Oregon Federal Executive Board of Directors, cutting the "thank you, dave" cake following the swearing in of the 2018 chair, Jeninifer baker (SBA). Vice Chair, tina burke (tsa) was not present.

David Ferguson, departing 2017 Chair of the Oregon Federal Executive Board of Directors, cutting the "thank you, dave" cake following the swearing in of the 2018 chair, Jeninifer baker (SBA). Vice Chair, tina burke (tsa) was not present.

FY 2019 Board of Directors Voting Members

Ex-Officio 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

Steve Lewis, US Customs and Border Protection

Mark Fansler, Social Security Administration

Oregon FEB Annual Reports
Annual Reports (PDF):  FY2018, FY2017FY2016 

Oregon FEB Chair

Stephen Taber, Transportation Security Administration, (503) 889-2214

Vice Chair

David M. Drasin, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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 Co-Chairs

Kimberly Koch-Hult, Governing Subcommittee Shared Neutrals Program (Non-Federal) - (503)-326-2070

Mary Lind, Oregon Health & Science University

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)

Oregon FEB Operating Plans
Operating Plans (PDF): FY2019, FY2018FY2017FY2015FY2014FY2013