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  • October 02, 2017 15:32 | Lily Ho

    This is an announcement for the FY2018 Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairpersons and Co-Chairs to serve for 1-year term as stated under the current Constitution and Bylaws

    Dear FAPAC Members:

    On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I am very excited to announce the selections of all the Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairs in accordance with the FAPAC Bylaws, Article IV, as presented and strongly recommended by the Vice President of Operations, Mr. Peter Nguyen.

    Each year that FAPAC has been in existence has brought new accomplishments and each year new goals are set for greater achievements.  This year, we have new Team Leaders and our agenda is very aggressive and ambitious, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with everyone’s support we can be successful!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FAPAC Committee Chairs 2017-2018 below:

    Standing Committees​

    • ·  Program Committee: Amy Yamashiro (DOE)
    • ·  Public Relations Committee: Eva Ngai (FAA)
    • ·  Nomination and Election Committee: Parveen Setia (USDA)
    • ·  Affirmative Committee: Lauren Van Talia (FAPAC)
    • ·  Membership Committee: Sara Kaul (NIH)
    • ·  Chapter Committee: Anthony Chu (FAA)
    • ·  Conference Committee: Darrick Lee (FAPAC) and Kelly Kim (DOI)
    • ·  Constitution and Bylaws Committee: Raphael Choi (DHS)
    • ·  Ethics Committee:  Dr Kin Wong (DOT Ret.)  

    Ad Hoc Committees​

    • ·  Awards Committee: Teresa Brown (USDA)
    • ·  Newsletter Committee:  Ranmali Fonseka (FTA)
    • ·  Community Outreach Committee: Cynthia Macri (Navy Ret.)
    • ·  Strategic and Long-Term Planning Committee:  Selina Lee (DoD)
    • ·  Financial Management Committee: Chuan-Ming Li (NIH)                                           

    Thank you also to our Vice President of Operations who worked diligently to make sure we have a good team to serve this year!


  • February 23, 2017 02:02 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    In support of the Executive Order 13583 on establishing a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is proud to present the Graduating students ending its fourth career development program titled, "The 2016 Career Development Program for High Performers (CDP), Mentoring Program”

    On February 8, 2017, the FAPAC 2016 Career Development Program (CDP) for High Performers Mentoring Program Graduation was held on at the USDA Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, South Building, Washington D.C. 20250.  The USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Mr Malcolm Shorter provided the welcoming remarks and Pan Pacific American Leaders (PPALM) Executive Director, Mr. Erick Soriano provided the special remarks as the guest speaker.

    The primary objectives of the Mentoring Program are:

    1. serve as an additional resource for self-improvement and professional development;
    2. offer excellent opportunities to strengthen personal goals and career planning;
    3. provide a forum to discuss mentees’ concerns in regard to becoming a high performer in federal government; and
    4. enrich individual readiness for hiring and career advancement opportunities via resume and interview practices.

    Based on recent statistics from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) continue to be underrepresented in both senior grade levels and supervisory positions in the Federal government. The purpose of the FAPAC CDP program is to be an excellent resource for AAPI employees to empower themselves through career development initiatives and to expand their career opportunities through preparation and networking. This program can be part of the employee’s career development initiative to demonstrate their career planning in pursuit of leadership development and self- improvement.

    FAPAC supports the Federal government’s vision to achieve and maintain a diverse, inclusive, high performing workforce. It seeks to provide members and participants with a career development experience that opens up different pathways of learning and growth within their organizations while encouraging participants to practice their leadership responsibilities and to address their interest for career development.  The following individual successfully completed and graduated the program (April 2016- Oct 2016):

    • Tenley Biggs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • Yvonne Chow, Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Binh Dam, Defense Contract Audit Agency
    • Ileana Galvan, Veterans' Health Administration
    • Claire Huber, Internal Revenue Service
    • Cassandra Johnson, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Cailine Kim, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Kelly Kim, Department of the Interior
    • Quijan Liu, National Intitutes of Health
    • Ann Luong, Department of Health and Human Services
    • Lei McCabe, Agency for Health Research and Quality
    • Danielle Rash, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Abhijit Sengupta, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (Now at Department of Transportation)
    • Lebya Simpson, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Kelley Smith, National Intitutes of Health
    • Thomas Syzmanek, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Elaine Thomas, Office of Personnel Management
    • Jamie Weng, Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Ai Van Woodburn, Courts Services and Offender Supervision Agency
    • Amy Yamashiro, Department of Energy.

    The FAPAC President, with the coordination of the Mentoring Program Committee Chair, Ms Aurea Franklin, recognized outstanding leadership and performance by individual as a mentor and as a mentee.​The categories for the awards were as follows: 

    Mentee of the Year: 
    Kelly Kim, Department of the Interior

    Mentee Ambassador:
    Cailine Kim, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Mentors of the Year:
    George Eisenback, Department of Veterans Affairs
    David Thomas, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Mentors Leadership Award:
    Peter Nguyen, Department of Transportation
    Tom Leney, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Training Leadership Award:
    Kenneth Bailey, NOIA

    Best Performance Committee Member:  
    Sara Kaul, NIH
    Fahmida Chhipa, USDA
    Ranmali Fonseka, DOT
    Darrick Lee, FAPAC

    Thanks to all for your continued commitment to the FAPAC's mission; these awards were presented by the President Olivia Adrian and USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Mr Malcolm Shorter during the Graduation Ceremony.

  • February 06, 2017 08:06 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Career Development Mentoring Program (CDP). The program begins April 21, 2017 through October 31, 2017. Training sessions will be held in the Washington, DC metro area.

    The CDP is a tuition-free program that offers individual mentoring, professional development, and career counseling for high-performing federal employees. Forty participants will be selected for the 2017 program (20 mentors and 20 mentees).

    Mentoring objectives include:

    • A diverse network of dedicated public servants;
    • Strengthening personal goals and career planning;
    • Leadership training; and
    • Access to career advancement workshops.

    Who May Apply:

    • Current federal employees with permanent career status.
    • Mentee candidates must be GS-13 or lower.
    • Mentor candidates must be GS-14 or higher and 8+ years in federal service.

    Application Requirements:

    Submit completed applications by email to by 5:00pm EST on February 17, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and marked “ineligible.”

    For more information, visit or contact 2017 FAPAC Program Chair: Kelly Kim at 

  • January 16, 2017 08:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is soliciting nominations for the FAPAC 2017 Civilian Awards and the FAPAC 2017 Military Meritorious Service Awards. The base period of performance shall be Fiscal Year of 2016, period starting on October 1, 2015 ending September 30, 2016; or Calendar Year of 2016, starting on January 1, 2016 ending on December 31, 2016.

    Please visit for more information!

    Download Civilian Award Nomination Forms here
    Download Military Award Nomination Forms here

    Please send questions to the Awards Committee at

    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Endowment Fund is open for applications for the Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Award. For the past few years, FAPAC has awarded a number of scholarships and internships to Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI) college students who exhibited excellent academic achievement as well as demonstrated continuous efforts to foster diversity and community service to the AAPIs community. 

    For the 2017 FAPAC Endowment Fund scholarship, this will be given in honor of the Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, to one (1) student during the annual FAPAC NLTP. The scholarship recipient will receive a stipend of $5,000 towards their education.

    Please send questions to the Awards Committee at 

  • January 08, 2017 01:22 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    Federal Asian Pacific American Council co-hosted the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA Vote) Celebration of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of the 115th U.S. Congress on Jan 5, 2017 at China Garden.

    FAPAC Officers and members met with Senator Tammy Duckworth and other Congressional Leaders, Rep Judy Chu, Rep Bobby Scott, Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi and Secretary Norman Mineta.

    Left to Right (Rep Bobby Scott, FAPAC Executive Secretary Fahmida Chhipa, Rep Judy Chu, Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi, FAPAC President Olivia Adrian, FAPAC Vice President Marina Milton, FAPAC VP for Operations Peter Nguyen)

    FAPAC Members with Senator Tammy Duckworth who was also a Past FAPAC Military Award Winner

  • January 01, 2017 00:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    As we welcome the New Year, and as I begin my reflection on 2016, we successfully completed the 1st Quarter of FY2017. I want to thank each of you for your time and energy in helping make the FAPAC organization very successful and productive in the last 3 months.  We wouldn’t accomplish a lot and be where we are today without your total commitment, dedication and professionalism.  Thank you for volunteering and serving our Organization and its Members so well throughout this first quarter!

    October 2016, first month was an especially exciting one. The Vice President for Operations solicited Committee Chairs and recruitment to be completed by the end of the Oct 2016; newly elected officers were inducted at the National Press Club (click link page); first NBOD meeting conducted right after the installation; FAPAC Officers met with four (4) different Agencies to discuss the possibility of forming a new FAPAC Chapter in their Agency; Community Outreach Committee conducted Career Fair planning meeting; and the President joined the NCEP monthly meetings via teleconference.

    November 2016, second month was busy, by the recommendations of the Vice President for Operations, the President appointed all the Committee Chairs (click link page); the Vice President reviewed all the FAPAC MOUs with different Agencies and scheduled future meetings to meet with multiple Agencies to discuss continuous partnerships and sponsorships; Conference Planning Committee kicked-off the 2017 National Leadership Training Program planning meeting at Rockville Hilton in Maryland (click link page); and Outreach Committee Members held a very successful Federal Employment Career Fair that was attended by over 30+ Agencies, was held at the Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, Maryland (click link page);  

    December 2016 third month was very hectic, as we celebrate the Holidays, our dedicated volunteers continuous to pursue great things for FAPAC. Webmaster Team launched the new look/logo of FAPAC on our website; the Newsletter Committee Chair released her 1st bi-monthly Newsletter (click link page); the Program Committee kickoff the 2017 Mentoring Program planning, while the 2016 Mentoring Program concluded end of Dec with 18 candidates graduating the program; the Constitution and Bylaws Committee kickoff the planning meeting to amend the C&B, planned for release by the second quarter of the FY2017; Chapter Committee Chair held meetings and continuously working with the Regional Directors to form new Chapters; the President and Vice President met with the USDA high level management few days before Christmas and received sponsorship commitment for the May 2017 event; and the FAPAC 2017 NLTP Theme “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together” for Heritage Month was released for Agencies to use (click link page).

    Overall, FAPAC Members and Committee Chairs worked together as a team to ensure that we continue to promote equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion and to serve the Federal and DC Governments and the Communities. Everyone did their part to make the 1st Quarter of the FY2017 a success, and everyone can feel justifiable pride in the outcomes and to be a proud member of this premiere organization!!


    Olivia F. Adrian
    FAPAC President 2017-2018

  • December 25, 2016 10:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    FAPAC proudly announces the 2017 Theme for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together

    The theme this year provides a single focus for all AAPI’s to unite by speaking together. This theme encourages the various AAPI communities to join together to overcome misconceptions and stereotypes about the vibrant and diverse AAPI community. The AAPI experience varies greatly and all groups must join together to communicate our individual experiences. Diversity is a Journey and we can not travel there alone. By uniting our voices, we can raise issues and tell stories that elevate the AAPI community. With this theme, we hope to improve representation in the workplace by communicating the benefits of a diverse workforce.

    No community should be invisible to its government.” President Barack Obama, October 14, 2009

    2017 National Leadership Training Program

    The FAPAC 32nd National Leadership Training Program returns to the Hilton Rockville, Rockville MD from May 15-19, 2017During this training, AAPI leaders will identify barriers that stifle AAPI progress and work towards solutions that elevate the AAPI community. We will offer educational workshops, informative plenaries, and programs for students and veterans.

    It is a transformative experience for attendees. If you have attended before, we want to welcome you back and share some exciting additions with you! And if you have never been a part of this experience, then make this the year you participate.

    We are busy behind the scenes assembling a lineup of inspiring keynotes and motivational workshops, but registration is open and ready for you! Now is the time to register and reserve your hotel room.

    Conference Info Here Register for Hotel Here

    Potential sponsors or partners can email
    For Registration issues, please email
    Press and News Media, please email 
    Potential Speakers can fill out the form at

    FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the interests of over 163,000 APA employees in the federal government and the District of Columbia. FAPAC is established in 1985 and has been the vital force for the AAPIs in the Federal Government including Military and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC is committed to its mission of serving as a conduit through which the interests, issues and representation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Federal, State, County, City and District of Columbia governments are addressed and promoting partnerships with the public and private sectors in the community it serves.

  • December 05, 2016 18:00 | Thong Vu (Administrator)

    A joyous season is upon us. The bright and colorful lights twinkle and illuminate the paths to our friends and families where we all share festive foods and drinks. The sounds of stringed instruments and familiar tunes remind me of one of my favorite holiday carols. 

    These holiday thoughts, delicious smells and memorable sounds remind me of being so fortunate to have so many friends in FAPAC. You are the reason our organization is united and able to carry out the many good things we do. No one can do it alone. I would like to thank every member for all you do for FAPAC throughout the year. I am honored to serve and be part of a great organization!

    A sincere and warmest Holiday Greetings to all!

    Olivia F. Adrian
    FAPAC President 

  • November 24, 2016 08:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    Let us take a moment to savor the autumnal beauty of the season and our great prosperity as we enjoy our families, food and the fun of being together for Thanksgiving. As we prepare to sit down at a table laden with turkey, pumpkin, corn, cranberries and perhaps nappa cabbage, radish, rice, and noodles, it is important for us to remember that the holiday is more than just a festive meal. It is a time when we come together to count our blessings and be grateful for those blessings. How fortunate we are to have our health and be able to sit down together with loved ones for a meal that is historic and symbolic of the bounty of our land.

    Many of us enjoy both the culture of this country and the rich heritage of our native homelands -- over 30 distinct groups from Asian and Pacific regions. We can celebrate the duality of the past and present while having hope of brighter futures. Whatever the circumstances that brought us to this great country, we are grateful to be its humble civil servants. As federal employees, we are honored to serve our country and move our government forward.

    FAPAC members are the priceless keys to FAPAC's success. I am truly grateful to having all of you in FAPAC, and I look forward to us working together to make FAPAC an even better organization.

    Thank you for all your support. On behalf of the FAPAC National Board of Directors, let me wish you, your families, and friends a very happy Thanksgiving!

    Thank you,

    Olivia F. Adrian
    Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)

  • November 18, 2016 07:07 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    FAPAC welcomes newly elected officials to Congress and the Executive Branch

    We congratulate the following Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates on their victories in their respective congressional races on November 8, 2016. Two new AAPIs were elected to serve in the U.S. Senate and five in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    • Senator-Elect Tammy Duckworth (D) (Illinois): the first Thai-American elected to the Senate and previous FAPAC Military Award Winner
    • Senator-Elect Kamala Harris (D) (California): the first Indian (Tamil)-American elected to the Senate
    • Representative Ami Bera (D) (California-7th): re-elected Indian (Gujarati)-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
    • Representative Judy Chu (D) (California-27th): re-elected Chinese-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
    • Representative Ted Lieu (D) (California-33rd): re-elected Chinese-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
    • Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D) (Hawaii-1st): re-elected Asian-American member from Hawaii
    • Representative-Elect Pramila Jayapal (D) (Washington-7th): the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House
    • Representative-Elect Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) (Illinois-8th): the first Hindu Indian-American member of Congress 
    • Representative-Elect Ro Khanna (D) (California-17th): new Indian-American member of Congress 
    • Representative-Elect Stephanie Murphy (D) (Florida-7th): the first Vietnamese American woman elected to the House

    This brings the total of AAPI representatives and senators in Congress to 18, a new high. See the full list of AAPIs serving in Congress here. 

    In addition, we congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his presidential victory. FAPAC is eager to move forward by working together with him to create an inclusive, diverse government that will develop effective solutions to our nation's most pressing challenges.

    Warm Regards,

    Olivia F. Adrian, President
    Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)

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