November 10, 1961: Presidential Directive 465: John F. Kennedy established the Federal Executive Boards in 1961 with Presidential Directive 465, focusing on the need for greater coordination of regional and field activities of the government. As part of the order, he stated:
“Federal officials outside of Washington provide the principal day-to-day contact of the Government with the citizens of this country and generally constitute the actual point of contact for Federal programs with the economy and other phases of our national life.
“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.”
The Federal Government isn’t just in Washington, D.C.
Approximately 85 percent of all Federal employees work outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Federal programs have their impact largely through the actions of the regional & field representatives of departments & agencies. FEBs are the forums for communication and collaboration among Federal agencies outside of Washington, DC. The need for effective coordination among the field activities of Federal departments and agencies was then, and is still, very clear.
The San Francisco FEB was one of the original ten cities across the United States where FEBs were first organized. The San Francisco FEB connects in excess of 461 federal agencies & offices, with an estimated 70,000 federal civilian, postal, and military employees in the 9-county Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). Several dozen internationally recognized cities are within these bounds including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Alameda, Richmond, El Cerrito, Vallejo, Hayward, San Leandro, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Bruno, Daly City, San Mateo, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Napa, Sonoma, American Canyon, Yountville, Calistoga, Healdsburg, St. Helena, Dublin, Livermore, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Concord, Gilroy, Sausalito, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay, Stinson Beach, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay.. Several other well known regional cities are close by including Monterey, Eureka, Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Modesto, and Merced.
While the official charter for the SFFEB covers only the 9-county Bay Area, the nearest FEB and/or the FEB within the most direct Chain-of-Command jurisdiction for most Federal employees in Northern & Central California is the SFFEB. The Norcal Combined Federal Campaign also connects all of the federal employees in the 45 counties of Northern & Central California back to the SFFEB.
FEB Locations Throughout the United States
The National network of 28 FEBs, located in areas of significant Federal populations, serve as the cornerstone for strategic partnering in Government. More information can be found at: https://www.feb.gov/board-locations