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President's Message March 2014

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.

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