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  • 06 Apr 2014 7:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 4, 2014

    After a snowy winter Washington finally is heading for spring. FAPAC is also heading into a period of cautious optimism. In light of the current budget we are seeing the National Training Program to be held May 5-8 in Charlotte, NC taking shape. OPM has finally sent out the letter to CHCO’s in all agencies recognizing the FAPAC program worthy of support. The NTP Planning Group is making the final touches for the program to go to the printer. The planning team will visit Charlotte next week to meet with agency, college and community contacts to ensure the outreach to student and veterans.  If you have not signed up do so before the early discount on registration expires. Also you need to make the reservation with the hotel while they still honor the government rate on our room block.

    The second One Day Workshop took place on March 7 at HHS with 100 attendees in person as well as additional participation through Adobe Connect. The last one in the series this year will be June 6. Visit the website for the announcement and registration.

    The Challenge Team Pilot is wrapping up with the submission of the final report. Finding will be reported to the White House Initiative on AAPI Interagency Working Group in May. Team representatives will also be conducting a briefing at the National Training Program in Charlotte.

    FAPAC has been successful in reaching out to agencies and after some efforts we are ready to sign a MOU with NIH to mutually support each other in our missions.

    The Business Advisory Partnership (BAP) reached its milestone of ten Founding Members. The group is in the process of setting up the by-laws and programs to provide advice and support to FAPAC in its mission to promote equal opportunity and diversity in the federal and District of Columbia governments.

    FAPAC will be participating in several diversity events at different agencies. If you are available visit us to join or just reconnect. If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org for $36/year.

  • 05 Mar 2014 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 3, 2014

    An accident resulted in a fractured arm provided me with some quiet time to focus on the transition of FAPAC in light of the current budget and other events facing all the affinity groups. There are some things we can do through NCEPS (National Coalition for Equity in Public Service), an umbrella group founded by FAPAC and other affinity groups, but there are things FAPAC needs to do alone. Some of them we have initiated the last couple of years such as Mentoring, Pipeline Initiative and others to increase AAPI in the federal workforce by bringing in students, veterans and workers from the private sector. Recently through the work of the Chair, Sam Mok, FAPAC has installed the Business Advisory Partnership (BAP) to broaden our base and outreach. An independent arm, FAPAC Scholarship Fund, was set up to administer the scholarship for public service in honor of Congressman Felip Saund, former Secretaries Elaine Chao and Norman Mineta. Much remains to be done. With the approval of the Board I have appointed several Honorary Members who act as strong advocates for FAPAC and its mission. They include Conrad Lee, Mayor of Bellevue, WA, and Cindy Ryu, the first Korean American woman representative in the Washington Assembly.  The Board has just approved Mark Keam, Delegate to the Virginia Assembly, as a new Honorary Member.

    Preparation of the National Leadership Training Program in Charlotte, NC is on track. The energetic Ms Jacqueline Ray-Morris from the National Guard Bureau, and Ron Sagudan from the VA are leading the student and veterans’ programs.  If you are interested in being part of it please drop a note to fapac@fapac.org. The next planning meeting is March 15.

    The next One Day Workshop will take place on March 7 at HHS. Visit the website to register. Attendees outside DC would be able to participate through Adobe Connect provided with the help of HHS.

    FAPAC will be participating in several diversity events at different agencies. If you are available visit us to join or just reconnect. If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org for $36/year. For a little more you can be a Lifetime Member. FAPAC has over 100 Lifetimers. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of a growing organization. This year you can be part if the new Leadership Team that will move FAPAC to even higher level.

    You can still contribute articles for the April Newsletter by sending your submission of 200 – 300 words to president@fapac.org.

  • 03 Feb 2014 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    February 2, 2014

    On Friday I celebrated the first day of the Year of the Horse eating Thai food with friends in the AALEA (Asian American Law Enforcement Association). AALEA has members throughout the Intelligence Communities in addition to local police and sheriff offices.

    Preparation of the National Leadership Training Program is in progress. The planning team visited the hotel staff and with the community at Charlotte to work out the logistics and outreach with media and other AAPI there.  FAPAC has invited the Mayor Cannon and Governor McClory to our NTP. We are also working with the staff on the invitation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to the opening in addition to Secretary Anthony Foxx of Transportation.  Other volunteers are working on registration, student and veterans’ programs and workshops.  If you are interested in being part of it please drop a note to fapac@fapac.org. The next planning meeting is February 15.

    The Holiday Event on January 12 drew 120 people to an Indian feast with native dresses of many Asian Pacific countries in full display. Edward Chow, Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs presented the proclamation of Lunar New Year from Governor O’Malley.  Ed Avalos, Under Secretary of USDA and Mark Keam, Delegate in the Virginia Legislature also presented short remarks. Mira Yang, a FAPAC member and President of the Asian American Music Society, led the audience to some holiday singing.

    The FAPAC Mentoring Program kicked off its second class at DOT under the leadership of Aurea Franklin, from the VA Chapter, with the help of Selina Lee and other members. Mr. Kenneth Bailey, EEO of ICE/DHS, made a presentation on mentoring and what it does and what is required of mentors and mentees.

    The next One Day Workshop will take place on March 7 at HHS. Visit the website to register. Attendees outside DC would be able to participate through Adobe Connect provided with the help of HHS.

    FAPAC will be participating in several diversity events at different agencies. If you are available visit us to join or just reconnect. If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of a growing organization. You must be member in good standing to run or vote in our coming election in August. The more you participate in our organization the more you will get out of belonging.

    You can still contribute articles for the April Newsletter by sending your submission of 200 – 300 words to president@fapac.org.

  • 06 Jan 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 6, 2014

    Happy New Year to our members and friends. I hope you all had some time off and have time to reunite with family and loved ones.

    The January Issue of the FAPAC Newsletter is out. Request a copy at fapac@fapac.org. The publication has been critical in connecting to our members and community. Feel free to distribute for advising some of the activities we are engaged in. If you have a story, please send in your piece before March 15 for the April Issue.

    FAPAC was at the installation of Katherine Archuleta, the Tenth OPM Director. We found the new Director very committed to diversity  and look forward to our continue relationship with OPM in furthering our work.

    The Conference Committee is continuing its work and is prepared for a visit with the community at Charlotte to work out the logistics and outreach with media and other AAPI  there. We will visit the Mayor’s office to invite him and solicit the support of other officials. The National Guard Bureau will be assisting us in getting the student attendance. We will continue to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase veteran participation. Recently FAPAC has formed a Business Advisory Partnership (BAP) who would be assisting in the Government Business Forum.   If you are interested in being part of it please drop a note to fapac@fapac.org.

    A Holiday Event is being set for January 12 and we look forward to see many of you that are able to attend. Please register so we can get a head count.

    I will be appointing a committee to help celebrate FAPAC’s 30th Anniversary in Washington, during the 2015 National Training Program. One of the project is write a history of FAPAC to help to publicize some of the past events and accomplishments. My interest in history has energized me to collect information on the conference sites, themes and award winners of FAPAC past but I have many gaps. If you can help, drop me a line at president@fapac.org.

    The FAPAC Mentoring Program is starting its second class. The kickoff will be January 30.

    The next One Day Workshop will take place on March 7 at HHS. Visit the website for further update.

    If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of a growing organization.

  • 02 Dec 2013 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 1, 2013

    As the end of the year arrives FAPAC has many things to be thankful for. The organization is surviving the sequestration and other headwinds and membership is growing, with the milestone of 100 Lifetime Members crossed in August. It does not guarantee that the future is easy, but we are confident that working together we can continue to move forward.

    Those of us who are fortune to be able to spend time with our loved one should also be appreciative of our military, including our FAPAC members, who are stationed in different part of the globe away from home, protecting our security. Also we must not forget those in the law enforcement and emergency response, e.g. NTSB members who responded to the train derailment in New York over the weekend and others who are working through the holidays at our airports, highways, ports and other components of the transportation system to make sure we can have a safe journey.

    The Conference Committee is kicking off the planning efforts on December 7 for the 2014 National Training Program to be held May 5-9 at the Sheraton Charlotte in North Carolina. Solicitation for presenters of workshops has been sent out.  If you are interested in being part of it please drop a note to fapac@fapac.org.

    A Holiday Event is being set for January 12 and a team under Executive Secretary Liqun Wong is working on the details. More information will be posted soon.

    A dialog is opened with NIH to discuss how FAPAC and the agency can collaborate and advance our missions. We hope to initiate similar discussions with other agencies. If you can help, let me hear from you.

    Early next year I will be appointing a committee to help celebrate FAPAC’s 30th Anniversary in Washington, during the 2015 National Training Program.

    The FAPAC Mentoring Program is starting its second class. If you wish to be a mentor let us know as soon as possible.

    If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of a growing organization.

    The Newsletter for October is out. If you want to submit an article for the January issue, please submit to president@fapac.org  no later than December 15 to be included.

  • 06 Nov 2013 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 5, 2013

    The Newsletter for October is out. If you want to submit an article for the January issue, please submit to president@fapac.org  no later than December 15 to be included.

    The FAPAC Challenge Team Pilot, with the support of a panel from OPM, EEOC, the White House Initiative on AAPIs, has selected 4 teams and held a kick off meeting on September 24 at the White House. The teams have started work and oversight will be provided by the FAPAC Liaison, Minh Favila, to make sure the teams stay on track. Whey will also have access to the Interagency Working Group of the White House Initiative.  Visit our web for more information.

    The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS), which FAPAC has helped to co-found, has issued a press release in support of the BIG resolution on the request to President Obama that the Redskin name not be used at the Federal workplace as a respect for the Native American community.

    The One Day Workshop was held on November 1 at HHS. Dr. Fred Soto from DOE/OPM spoke on REAL Leadership in his Keynote. Presenters from several agencies provided the attendees with great learning and interaction. Future workshops will be advertised on the website.  For the first time the workshop is available to attendees outside DC through Adobe Connect. If you like to help by being part of the Program Committee, send a note to fapac@fapac.org. The Membership Committee signed up several new members including one Lifetime.

    The work of FAPAC continues during the shutdown. We completed the work on the formation of our Business Advisory Partnership (BAP) under Sam Mok and held a kick off meeting on October 19 at the Far East Restaurant.  BAP has ten Founding Members including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Pragmatics and other successful enterprises. We have a good mix of AAPI and non-AAPI so we can share experiences. Ms. Tong Qin, Deputy Direction of SBA San Francisco, discussed some of the resources provided by SBA. Dr. Long Nguyen shared his formula of success at Pragmatics. Sam Mok presented perspectives on the rules of engagement and ethics. A follow up meeting is planned to discuss future collaboration between BAP and FAPAC.

    The Conference Committee is soliciting members to join its team for planning the 2014 National Training Program to be held May 5-9 at the Sheraton Charlotte in North Carolina. We expect great attendance and a great program. It is a good opportunity for agencies and businesses to reach the AAPI community. FAPAC is happy to hold the registration fee at last year’s level. The FAPAC Scholarship Fund will be awarding a Scholarship for Public Service in honor of former Secretary Norman Mineta in Charlotte.

    The FAPAC Mentoring Program will be starting its second class soon. The deadline was extended due to the government shutdown. FAPAC has many committees and activities so you can fulfill your personal ambitions and goals.  If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of FAPAC.

  • 16 Sep 2013 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 8, 2013

    The summer has come and gone. FAPAC had a productive summer. We have secured a nice venue for the National Training Program for next year, to be held May 5-9, 2014 at Charlotte, NC. We have negotiated favorable terms for a smaller program in light of the sequestration. The current conference team will be working on a qualitative program that affords training at a reasonable cost. We are also soliciting suggestions for the theme that would be suitable for the Heritage Month for 2014. Please send your suggestions to fapac@fapac.org.

    The Newsletter for October is in preparation. If you have article please submit to president@fapac.org  as soon as possible to be included.

    The FAPAC Challenge Team Pilot, with the help of a panel from OPM, EEOC, the White House Initiatives in addition to FAPAC, has selected 4 teams from across the federal government with a diverse background and agency representation. A kickoff is scheduled for September 24, We look with great anticipation on the result of the pilot in providing great opportunities for federal employees and managers to work on special projects in a virtual setting.  OPM has stepped forward to help us to facilitate agency participation.

    The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS), which FAPAC has helped to co-found, has voted to admit two new organizations Federal Employees with Disabilities (FEDs) and FEDQ, a federal LGBT affinity group. The founding members were BIG, FEW, National Image Inc. and SAIGE in addition to FAPAC. I have the honor to serve as the Treasurer this year. NCEPS has held two Diversity Summits and is working with OPM to firm up agency support of affinity training conferences. These training provide value added to other training from agencies and contractors in providing networking role models across agencies and diversity awareness.

    Plans for the next One Day Workshop on November 1 are progressing under the Program Committee. A tentative agenda is being prepared for posting on the web-site. Tune in for further details. The Program Committee will also be looking into offering webinars.  We are consulting with the U. S. Forest Service and other agencies for possible partnership.

    As I work with the committees to formulate the budget for 2014 we are hopeful that we will continue to get support from our many sponsors and agencies. We will be meeting with them to brief them on our activities.

    The FAPAC Mentoring Program will be starting its second class soon. FAPAC has many committees and activities so you can fulfill your personal ambitions and goals.  If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month.

  • 02 Aug 2013 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 1, 2013

     

    The July issue of the Quarterly FAPAC Newsletter is out.

    July was a busy month for FAPAC as we worked with the White House Initiatives on AAPI (WHIAAPI) to hold the Federal Employees Conference at the U. S. Department of Transportation on July 12. Minh Favila announced the FAPAC Challenge Team Pilot following the remarks of Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of WHIAAPI.  To date FAPAC has received over 60 applications and more is coming. If you are interested please apply on-line at www.fapac.org/challengeteam  before August 9. It is open to all Federal employees.

     

    On July 13 the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) held its Annual Picnic at the Wheaton Regional Park for members and friends. Several local officials, including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Council Member-at-Large George Leventhal and Lily Qi, stopped by to participate in the happy occasion. The Membership Committee achieved a big milestone with the goal of signing up 100 Lifetime Members at the picnic. Now onto 200!!

     

    The National Board of Directors has voted to postpone the election for the Regional Directors to 2014 so that the cycle can be synchronized with the general election. The protocols for election of the Regional Directors will be adjusted.

    FAPAC also participated at the DEA Diversity Day and the OCA Award Gala last month.

    FAPAC is finalizing its site selection for the 2014 and 2015 National Training Program. An announcement will be prepared for posting on the web site in August. Also plans for the next One Day Workshop on November 1 will be made under the Program Committee.  If you are interested in participating in the planning please contact the appropriate committees.

     

    In view of the continuing fallouts from the sequestrating FAPAC is working closely with OPM and the agencies to make changes to our training programs to make sure we offer the best program and is financially sustainable.  FAPAC is also working with the other affinity groups within NCEPS (National Coalition for Equity in Public Service) to share experiences. A meeting with all the Presidents will take place at the BIG Conference in Dallas, TX later this month. NCEPS membership is increased with the recent admission of FEDs (Federal Employees with Disabilities).

     

    The FAPAC Mentoring Program will be starting its second class soon. FAPAC has many committees and activities so you can fulfill your personal ambitions and goals.  If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month.

  • 05 Jul 2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 4, 2013

    As we celebrate the nation’s Independence Day it is time for us to salute our men and women in the armed services who have stood by and guard our freedom every minute and second.  I have the honor of visiting the Officer’s Candidate School at the Marine Corps University and witness the fine quality of the new recruits. I was especially intrigued by the concept that every Marine is trained to carry out the same mission. Theoretically every Marine can do the same job. I was also honored to be able to visit the HMX-1, President Helicopter Command which handles the transport of the President. I think our nation is in good hands.

    In June we see the come into being of the new National Board of Directors and the National Board of Operations. The protocols for election of the Regional Directors is being revised based on feedback and will be circulated to the membership to set the stage for the Special Election for Regional Directors who will join the National Board of Directors.

    FAPAC held its Congressional Seminar in the Rayburn Building on June 13 and was happy to have Rep. Mike Honda, Chair Emeritus of CAPAC (Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus), to address the group during lunch. Several members of CAPAC and their staff attended also. The workshop enhances our knowledge about the political process and the importance of participation before and after election to speak to our representatives on issues critical to the AAPI community. Only through participation can we gain a place at the table.

    Last month FAPAC signed the MOU with U. S. Department of Education and formalizes the partnership that we had with DoEd that had begun with its support of our Mentoring Program CDHP.

    FAPAC will formally launched the new pilot program Challenge Team that will offer additional training opportunities by allowing the participants to work on challenging projects in the area of language access and other areas within a virtual team setting.  On July 12 at the Federal Employees Conference FAPAC will introduce the program with the White House Initiatives on AAPI and accept applications from potential participants. Additional information will be posted on our web after the formal launch.

    For those of you in the Mid-Atlantic area, plan to attend our Annual Picnic on July 13 at the Wheaton Regional Park.  Attendance information is available on the web-site. Last year we had a good turnout and have a lot of fun.

    If you have not renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible. You can renew easily by visiting www.fapac.org. You need to be a current member to vote in the Special Election.

  • 03 Jun 2013 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 2, 2013

    Thank you for making our National Leadership Training Program (NTP) at Long Beach a great success. I was so happy to meet many of your on the May 7 Membership Meeting to discuss some of our accomplishments and also some of the projects that are in the planning stage. As a follow up of the meeting I have implemented the first steps of the changes under the revised Constitution and Bylaw in announcing the formation of the new National Board of Directors and the National Board of Operations. The protocols for election of the Regional Directors is being revised based on feedback and will be circulated to the membership. Both of the new bodies will be holding its first meeting this month.

    Despite the impact of the sequestration that reduces the number of attendees, we all were able to take advantage of the training offered. As we move forward in the planning of next year we will make adjustments so we can have a sustainable model for future NTP.  We are looking at a number of sites including formats that include public facilities as well as hotels.

    FAPAC is planning a workshop on Capitol Hill for June 13. The focus will be on meeting our representatives, especially the new members of CAPAC (Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus), and to learn from them how FAPAC members can play a more effective role.  Visit www.fapac.org for more details on the agenda and registration.

    Last week I attending the AAPI Heritage Month Observance Event at the U. S. Department of Education and congratulated the graduation of the first class of CDHP, our mentoring program.  Selena Lee and her team are planning on the second class, building on the experience of the first.  At Long Beach FAPAC issued a press release on the new pilot program Challenge Team that will offer additional training opportunities by allowing the participants to work on challenging projects in the area of language access and other areas within a virtual team setting. FAPAC is working with the White House Initiatives and OPM to get the project on the road. At the NTP I have spoken to DOL and SSA about their support and participation in the pilot.

    For those of you in the Mid-Atlantic area, plan to attend our Annual Picnic on July 13 at the Wheaton Regional Park.  Attendance information is available on the web-site. Last year we had a good turnout and have a lot of fun.

    We have added 7 new Lifetime members at Long Beach thanks to the work of the Membership Committee. After reaching 100 we will work towards the goal of 200 Lifetimers . If you have not renewed your membership, please do so promptly. Timely renewal will guarantee members the benefits of running for office and voting in the next election. Become a Lifetimer and you do not have to renew anymore. The biennial national election will be held in 2014 for a new team of officers for 2014-2016. You can renew easily by visiting www.fapac.org.

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