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Overview

Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) perform highly valuable functions. Specifically, they provide:

  • a forum for the exchange of information between Washington and the field about programs, management strategies, and administrative challenges;
  • a point of coordination for the development and operation of Federal programs having common characteristics;
  • a means of communication through which Washington can strengthen the field understanding and support of management initiatives and concerns; and
  • Federal representation and involvement within their communities.

The FEBs implement these functions, under the direction of the Office of Personnel Management. Examples of their activities are:

  • the dissemination of information on Administration initiatives;
  • the sharing of technical knowledge and resources in procurement, human resources management, and information technology;
  • implementation of the local Combined Federal Campaign;
  • the pooling of resources to provide, as efficiently as possible, and at the least possible cost to the taxpayers, common services such as training courses, and alternative dispute resolution consortiums;
  • encouragement of employee initiatives and better performance through special recognition and other incentive programs; and
  • emergency operations, such as under hazardous weather conditions and natural and man-made disasters; responding to blood donation needs; and communicating related leave policies.

The Federal Executive Board network continues to be a constructive, unifying force within the Federal Government. In the course of its more than 49-year history, the FEB system has more than proved its value in ensuring a clear and effective communications medium between all levels of Government. FEBs operate under the oversight of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in accordance with regulations located at 5 CFR 960.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the FEBs?

The Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) were created by Presidential Directive in 1961 to foster communication, coordination and collaboration among Federal field agencies. FEBs build interagency partnerships and community involvement to create and nurture working relationships that address issues of shared interest. Currently, approximately 85% of Federal employees are located outside the Washington, DC area. Across the nation, in 28 locations with a high concentration of Federal agencies and Federal employees, FEBs provide a forum for local Federal leaders to share management challenges and strategies to meet agency missions and goals, identify common issues, develop collaborative efforts to address those issues, and share best practices among their peers.

How many Agencies/Federal employees are covered by the FEBs?

Each FEB represents an average of 140 agency components, depending upon its geographic area of responsibility. Approximately 780,000 Federal civilian employees are served in the FEB National Network.

Who is involved in the FEB?

Each Board is made up of the highest ranking Federal leaders in each geographic area of responsibility. Members represent civilian, military, postal, and law enforcement agencies, both small and large in size.

What happens at Board meetings?

The Board meetings provide a forum for local Federal leaders to pinpoint local priorities and needs, and work together to design strategies to tackle them. Additionally, the Boards will often host experts from Federal agencies, the Presidential administration, and business or non-governmental organizations to share pertinent information with the local Federal leadership.

What do the FEBs do?

While FEB activities are dependent upon the desires of each Board and thus vary across the National Network depending upon local needs, the FEB Network delivers services in three categories of emphasis: Emergency Preparedness, Security and Employee Safety; Workforce Development and Support; and Intergovernmental and Community Initiatives.

How are FEBs involved in emergency preparedness?

FEBs increase emergency preparedness of Federal communities by facilitating planning, training, and coordination among Federal agencies to ensure continuity of operations, and assuring Federal community awareness by providing timely and accurate communication of emergency information.

How are FEBs involved in workforce development and support?

FEBs conduct outreach to inspire and educate key pools of talent needed by government; provide cost-effective services to resolve disputes and preserve working relationships through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs; and develop the Federal workforce by providing critical training opportunities and learning experiences.

What are the benefits of the FEBs organizing trainings and programs, rather than agencies organizing their own programs?

FEBs organize and offer programs leveraging agency resources to produce maximum public value. Through active membership and coordination by Federal leaders, agencies are able to reduce duplicative efforts and achieve increased efficiencies.

How are FEBs involved in intergovernmental and community activities?

FEBs improve communications among Federal agencies within each FEB, across the nationwide FEB Network, and with headquarters' agencies in Washington, DC. They serve as a focal point for State and local governments planning emergency response for the Federal workforce; cultivate community relations by coordinating Federal participation in local events; and support the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by providing Federal employees the opportunity for local charitable-giving.

What is the size of each FEB office?

Each FEB office is authorized one or two full-time equivalent (FTE) Federal employees (Executive Director and Assistant) who manage the daily operations of the Board, including programs and activities implemented through the FEB's Committee/Council structure.

How are the FEBs funded?

Administrative funding is provided by a voluntary host department or agency, while project funding is covered by local member agencies.

Why is my duty area not covered by an FEB?

FEBs are located in areas with significant federal populations that serve as hubs for federal interagency activity. The regulations at 5 CFR 960.103 authorize the OPM Director to create, dissolve, or merge FEBs. Several factors are considered for these actions including the size of the general population, the size of the Federal population, the activity level and local commitment of existing interagency organization, as well as the ability to secure resources to support the FEB staff office and programs.

Please refer to FEB Board Locations for information related to FEB coverage areas.


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