Happy 60th anniversary to the Federal Executive Boards
Since 1961, Federal Executive Boards have fostered key partnerships in government by providing a space for communication and coordination among federal agencies outside the Washington, D.C., area.
Today, 28 FEBs located across the U.S. serve over 800,000—or roughly 38%—of the federal civilian workforce. Each board, on average, represents 140 agency subcomponents and brings together senior officials from local federal organizations to foster interagency collaboration.
As Federal Executive Boards mark their 60th anniversary, it is worth highlighting some recent ways in which they have helped federal workers better serve the public, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency preparedness, employee safety and security.
FEBs are increasingly recognized for their role in helping to prepare local communities for emergency situations. FEBs have helped federal agencies sustain their operations and ensure employee safety in the face of COVID-19. At the start of the pandemic, for example, they partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to host virtual federal reconstitution webinars, which provided strategies to resume normal office operations such as including flexibilities for telework, implementing social distancing and wearing facial coverings.
Partnering with local communities.
FEBs support the Combined Federal Campaign by providing federal employees the opportunity for charitable giving in their local areas.
As federal ambassadors to their local communities, agency employees often volunteer and support community outreach programs. FEBs located across Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, and other regional areas and states were critical in coordinating food drives to help feed hungry families in their respective communities. Food drives, supply collections—including school supplies and household and hygienic items—and blood drives organized by FEBs play a crucial role in bridging the gap for distressed families impacted by the pandemic and natural disasters.
Workforce development and support.
FEBs provide the federal workforce with professional development and offer cost-effective services that aim to resolve conflict and strengthen employees’ working relationships. Multiple FEBs sponsor local interagency leadership programs at low-cost. This year, the Partnership for Public Service is partnering with the Greater Los Angeles FEB to offer the Public Service Leadership Circle, a cross-agency leadership development program offered exclusively to new and aspiring supervisors at the GS-11-14 grade levels. This development program will provide the participants with a deeper understanding of leadership styles and approaches among federal employees in Southern California.
For 60 years, Federal Executive Boards have enabled the federal workforce to better serve the public. Without them, our government would not be able to work as effectively as it does today. To join in the celebration, share how the FEBs have positively impacted you using the hashtag #FEBsturn60 or write a note to your Federal Executive Board to say thank you on their anniversary!
Visit this site to learn more about and connect with your local FEB.
Stephanie Cheung is an intern on the Partnership’s Government Effectiveness team.