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What Do We Do?

What do the Federal Executive Boards do?

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. 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.

Each FEB represents up to 300 Federal agencies, depending upon its geographic area of responsibility. Approximately 780,000 Federal civilian employees are served in the FEB National Network. The FEB Network delivers services in three categories of emphasis: (1) Emergency Preparedness, Security and Employee Safety; (2) Human Capital Readiness; and  (3) Intergovernmental and Community Initiatives.

How many Agencies/Federal employees are covered by the SF Bay Area FEB?

The San Francisco Bay Area FEB represents approximately 150 agencies and 70,000 Federal employees in the 9 county Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma), as well as agencies in the Sacramento area. For the annual Combined Federal Campaign, the San Francisco Bay Area FEB’s Norcal CFC extends into the 34 counties of northern California.

Who is involved in the SFFEB?

SFFEB is made up of the highest-ranking Federal leaders in the nine county Bay Areas. Members represent civilian, military, postal, and law enforcement agencies, both small and large in size.  FEBs operate under the oversight of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in accordance with regulations located at 5 CFR § 960.

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.

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. The San Francisco FEB sponsors an interagency Continuity Working Group and annual Table Top Exercise to assist agencies in training, testing, and exercising their emergency plans.

How are FEBs involved in workforce development?

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, also known as Shared Neutrals Programs; and develop the Federal workforce by providing critical training opportunities and learning experiences.

The San Francisco FEB has sponsored a successful Executive Development Program for 22 years, in which agency candidates participated in a 2-year program of projects and developmental opportunities that is designed to develop core leadership competencies in a cost-effective format. A new one-year Leadership Development Program will be replacing the EDP in 2017.

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. Each year, the San Francisco FEB saves participating agencies thousands of dollars in cost avoidance.

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. The FEBs: 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.

The San Francisco FEB supports federal participation in cross sector emergency preparedness groups, and sponsors Public Service Recognition Week /Federal Employee of the Year Award events. For many years, FEB has sponsored federal participation in community programs such as Junior Achievement, Feds Feed Families, Toys for Tots, Federal Employee Emergency Assistance Scholarships, Feds Night at the Ballpark, among others.

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. San Francisco FEB’s current staff include the Executive Director and Program Specialist.

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 and program fees. There have been attempts to introduce legislation to create permanent funding for FEBs, but none have passed.