|"Although each executive agency and its field organization
have a special mission, there are many matters on which the work of the
departments converge. Among them are management and budgetary procedures,
personnel policies, recruitment efforts, office information duties, and
similar matters. There are opportunities to pool experience and resources,
and to accomplish savings. In substantive programs there are also opportunities
for a more closely coordinated approach in many activities."
President John F. Kennedy
The Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) were established in 1961 by a Presidential Directive to improve coordination among Federal activities and programs outside of Washington.The need for effective coordination among the field activities of Federal departments and agencies was then, and is still, very clear.Approximately 88 percent of all Federal employees work outside the national capital area.Decisions affecting the expenditure of billions of dollars are made in the field. Federal programs have their impact largely through the actions of the field representatives of the departments and agencies.In addition, Federal officials outside Washington are the principal contact of the Federal Government with the citizens of this country.
To this end, the FEBs perform highly valuable functions.They provide:
The FEBs implement these functions, under the direction of the Office of Personnel Management.Examples of their activities are:
There are currently 28 FEBs located in cities that are major centers of Federal activity.The Boards are located in the following metropolitan areas: Albuquerque-Santa Fe, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Newark, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Seattle.The Boards are composed of the Federal field office agency heads and military commanders in these cities.
The Federal Executive Board network continues to be a constructive, unifying force within the Federal Government.In the course of its 45-year history, the FEB system has more than proved its value in ensuring a clear and effective communications medium between all levels of government.
Updated 18 October 2001