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  • October 02, 2017 18:04 | Kelly Sewell (Administrator)

    As a former resident of Florida, I have personally experienced hurricanes. I’ll never forget the sound of 100+ mph winds howling through hurricane shutters and shaking the house for hours. Afterward there’s no electricity to power air conditioners, refrigerators, other necessities of life or gas to fuel chainsaws to cleanup downed palm trees from roads. Imagine temperatures in the upper 90s, 100 percent humidity with no power or drinkable water. Though many have lost everything they own, they are still alive and need your help.

    If you feel moved to donate to charities to help victims of natural disasters in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico, consider giving to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). There are many charities to choose from. As federal employees, I encourage you to consider participating in this worthy cause starting October 2.

    In addition, I have included information about how to give to other charities. See NPR, NY Times, CNN, Charity Navigator


  • October 01, 2017 18:56 | Kelly Sewell (Administrator)


    ANNOUNCEMENT: 2018 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program (2018 LSP)

    Greetings!

    Following up on the announcement made at the May 2017 General Membership meeting during the 2017 National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) in Rockville, MD, the FAPAC National Board of Directors (NBOD) invites your expression of interest to participate in the 2018 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program (2018 LSP), a 6-month program (from 15 Jan 2018 to 15 Jun 2018). The focus of this leadership shadowing program is for any interested, qualified FAPAC Members to get a closer look at the roles and responsibilities of the FAPAC Leadership. As a result, the participants will gain insight into the leadership role in which he/she would be interested for the 2019 or 2020 Elected Officer or Committee Chair positions.

    DEADLINE TO APPLY: 30 NOVEMBER 2017

    Solicitation is now OPEN for the 2018 Leadership Shadowing Program. The FAPAC election will begin July 2018 for FY 2019 leadership positions. Apply here:  2018 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program Application Form

    Get involved now and make a difference! 

    Requirements for Successful Completion: Total of 40 hours that will include:

    • 12 hours: One-on-One Mentoring/Shadowing the Elected Official; 
    • 12 hours: Workshop Activities with Past FAPAC Leaders 
    • 16 hours: Leadership Projects, to include public speaking and reporting skills

    FAPAC Leadership is accepting application of interested participant(s) for the 2018 Leadership Shadowing Program (LSP) for the following 6 Elected Positions:

    1. President
    2. Vice President
    3. Vice President for Operations
    4. Executive Secretary
    5. Treasurer
    6. Auditor [independent from the NBOD]

    Volunteers are the lifeblood of FAPAC. We have over 1,000 members, manage multiple events and provide unique mentorship and professional development opportunities.

    When you volunteer, you become part of a larger team where you will meet and work with other FAPAC volunteers on a wide variety of events and projects. No matter your interests, FAPAC has a volunteer position that can leverage your skills to give back to the community.

    FAPAC provides a variety of opportunities for members to get involved with the National or local chapters. Whether you are looking to volunteer a few hours a month or one day out of the year, we have the positions to suit your needs. If you are looking to volunteer with the Standing Committee but don't see a position that interests you, please feel free to contact us at: fapac@fapac.org.

    How to Apply:

    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is now accepting applications for its 2018 Leadership Shadowing Program (LSP) for qualified FAPAC Members who desired to run for an elected position for the FY 2019 term. The program begins January 15, 2018 through June 15, 2018. Training sessions will be held in the Washington, DC metro area.

    The LSP is a tuition-free program that offers participant with individual mentoring, coaching, professional development, and opportunities for inspiring FAPAC Members to be an Elected Official for the next term, 1 term of 24 months. We will select up to twelve (12) participants for the 2018 program (6 Elected Officials to shadow and up to twelve (12) participants).

    LEADERSHIP SHADOWING OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:

    • Coaching and mentoring from the current elected officials
    • Training session from other past elected officials to provide lessons learned
    • Development of leadership and public speaking skills
    • Insight on how the organization is operated and being administered
    • Improve ability to prepare a report in a form of a newsletter or news release
    • Prepare the participants to run for the July 2018 FAPAC election 

    WHO MAY APPLY:

    To qualify for this program, complete the application form by is 30 NOVEMBER 2017. Please submit your application to president@fapac.org.

    2018 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program Application Form

    EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:

    The selected individuals will be notified on 1 December 2017 and the program starts on 15 Jan 2018 and ends on 15 June 2018. FAPAC Election will be in July 2018 for the FY 2019 term. Please view the 2018 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program SOP and Evaluation.pdf for more information. 

    The FAPAC National Board of Directors strongly encourage everyone to consider participating in this 2018 LSP. If you have any questions, please contact Parveen Setia (parveen.setia@fapac.org), Chairperson of Nominations and Election Committee (2017-2018) or submit questions to fapac@fapac.org.

  • April 21, 2017 08:08 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    For immediate release
    April 21, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announces the 2017 FAPAC Military Meritorious Service Awards winners in recognition of individuals who have made significant contribution to the advancement of U. S. military missions and the promotion of equal opportunity in the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) communities.

    1. Air Force Active TSgt Kelley Clevenger
    2. Air Force Active LT Jeffrey Ng
    3. Air Force Active MSgt Erik Garza
    4. Air National Guard TSgt Ma Riolette Hildalgo
    5. Air National Guard Major John Brownell
    6. Army Reserve LTC Kamal Kalsi
    7. Army National Guard CPT Popi Claudio
    8. Coast Guard Active LTJG Frank Lim
    9. Navy Active LT Rey Austria
    10. Navy Reserve CDR Frederick Cheng
    11. Marine Corps Active Corporal Gerdanryan Respicio

    Congratulations to all the winners. The awards will be presented at the 32nd National Leadership Training Program to be held from May 15-18, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel at 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.


  • April 21, 2017 02:20 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, congratulates recipients of the 2017 FAPAC Civilian Awards.

    Outstanding Individual Leadership

    Feliciana Schaible (GS 1-12) - Forest Service, USDA
    Robert M. Baggett (GS 13-15) - Office of the Inspector General, USDA
    Thomas J. Leney (SES) - US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Excellence in Individual Achievement

    Sarah Kaul (GS 1-12) - National Institutes of Health
    Dr. Minh A. Nguyen (GS 13-15) - Federal Aviation Administration, DOT
    KC Yanamura (SES) - Federal Aviation Administration, DOT

    Diversity Excellence

    Chinling Chen (GS 1-12) - Forest Service, USDA
    Nga Linda Busch (GS 13-15) - United States Air Force
    Mamie Mallory (SES) -  Federal Aviation Administration, DOT

    The awards will be presented at the 32nd National Leadership Training Program to be held from May 15-18, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel at 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.

  • April 20, 2017 08:08 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)



    For Immediate Release

    WASHINGTON DC - The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Endowment Fund Inc. is proud to announce the selection of Danicole Ramos, a Filipino–American student with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Seattle University and currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at American University as the recipient of the FAPAC Scholarship for 2017. Danicole, born and raised in Hawai‘i by immigrant parents was active in several organizations such as United We Dream, one of the largest youth immigration advocacy organizations that collaborated with Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) groups to help the community. This year, the scholarship is given under the FAPAC Scholarship Fund in honor of former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, the first Asian Pacific American to serve as Secretary of Commerce and Transportation and who had been a great mentor to many AAPI leaders who came after him. The award, including a stipend of $5,000, will be presented at the 32nd National Leadership Training Program to be held from May 15-18, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel at 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.

    The FAPAC Distinguished Scholarship for Public Service is given out each year, on a rotational basis, in honor of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, and the late Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, representing three of the best Asian Pacific American leaders in Public Service.

    The FAPAC Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes the recognition of Asian Pacific American students who demonstrate interest in public service and have made contributions to foster diversity and inclusion in the Asian and Pacific American community.

    For more information on the scholarship or to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, please email awards@fapac.org

  • October 04, 2016 20:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE                                                    

    October 3, 2016                                                                                  

    For information contact:  pr@fapac.org  

    FORMER PRESIDENT MIRZA MAROOF PASSES AWAY

    WASHINGTON - Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders of all ranks in the federal and District of Columbia governments, mourns the passing of former president Mirza (Mike) Maroof.  Mike worked at NASA before his retirement and served two terms as FAPAC's 13th President in 1999-2001. He is survived by his wife Naseema, who was also a former FAPAC Officer in 2001-2002, and by his daughter. He attended the FAPAC NLTP in Honolulu and was present at our 25th anniversary celebration at National Harbor. FAPAC is grateful for his years of service and sends his condolences to his family. 

    FAPAC is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the interests of over 155,000 civilian and military APA employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks. For more information on our leadership and activities, please visit www.fapac.org.

  • September 01, 2016 20:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE
    September 1, 2016

    For information contact: pr@fapac.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders of all ranks in the federal and District of Columbia governments, has elected a new leadership team:

    President: Olivia Adrian
    Vice President:
    Marina Milton
    Vice President for Operations:
    Peter Nguyen
    Executive Secretary:
    Fahmida Chhipa
    Treasurer:
    Kevin Le
    Region 1 Director:
    Rene Lau
    Region 5 Director:
    Annabelle Flores

    Auditor: Tat S. Shum

    The new leadership will assume office on October 1, 2016 and its term of office will end on September 30, 2018. 

    The Installation and Award Ceremony will be held on October 14, 2016 (11:30 to 2:30) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Please visit www.fapac.org for details and reservations.

  • April 29, 2016 22:15 | Jonathan Lee (Administrator)
    The White House
    Office of the Press Secretary


    For Immediate Release
    April 29, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation -- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2016

    ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2016

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing racial group in our country, growing over 4 times as rapidly as the population of the United States. As one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse groups in America, the AAPI community reminds us that though we all have distinct backgrounds and origins, we are bound in common purpose by our shared hopes and dreams for ourselves and our children. Our Nation's story would be incomplete without the voices of countless Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders who have called the land we all love home. This month, we honor the irreplaceable roles they have played in our past, and we recommit to ensuring opportunities exist for generations of AAPIs to come.

    The AAPI community's long and deeply-rooted legacy in the United States reminds us of both proud and painful chapters of our history. Confronted with grueling and perilous working conditions, thousands of Chinese laborers on the transcontinental railroad pushed the wheels of progress forward in the West. Japanese American troops fought for freedom from tyranny abroad in World War II while their families here at home were interned simply on the basis of their origin. And many South Asian Americans in particular face discrimination, harassment, and senseless violence often in the communities in which they live and work.

    Today, AAPIs lend their rich heritage to enhancing our communities and our culture. As artists and activists, educators and elected officials, service men and women and business owners, AAPIs help drive our country forward. Yet despite hard-won achievements, AAPIs continue to face obstacles to realizing their full potential. One in three AAPIs does not speak English fluently, and certain subgroups experience low levels of educational attainment and high levels of unemployment. AAPIs also often experience heightened health risks, and millions of AAPI men, women, and children in the United States live in poverty.

    My Administration is committed to supporting and investing in AAPI communities. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 20 million uninsured adults have gained health insurance coverage, including 2 million AAPIs. Among Asian Americans under the age of 65, the uninsured rate has declined by 55 percent since 2013. Last year, we brought together thousands of AAPI artists; advocates; and business, community, and Federal leaders from across America for the first-ever White House Summit on AAPIs to discuss the key issues facing their communities. The Summit was hosted by the White House Initiative on AAPIs, which I reestablished during my first year in office and is housed within the Department of Education. We are working with Federal agencies to build stronger and more robust regional networks across our country that improve access to Federal resources and expand opportunities. We have worked to protect civil rights, foster educational equity, and create economic opportunity across our country. Because a lack of detailed data perpetuates the false notion of AAPIs as a model minority, we are working across Government to improve data collection to counter existing stereotypes and to shed light on the realities faced and resources needed by the AAPI community. Through the White House Task Force on New Americans, Federal agencies are working with cities and counties around America to build welcoming communities that allow immigrants and refugees to thrive. And we will continue working to allow more highskilled immigrants to stay in our country -- too many talented AAPIs are held back from fully realizing our country's promise, and too many have suffered the consequences of our Nation's broken immigration system.

    Peoples of diverse backgrounds and circumstances have long come to our country with the faith that they could build a better life in America, and spanning generations, the story of AAPIs in the United States embodies this promise. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, let us celebrate the many contributions our AAPI brothers and sisters have made to the American mosaic, and let us renew our commitment to creating more opportunities for AAPI youth as they grow up and embrace the hard work of active citizenship, adding their unique voices and experiences to our Nation's narrative.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/AAPI to learn more about our efforts on behalf of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.



    BARACK OBAMA

  • April 14, 2016 12:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announces the 2016 FAPAC Military Meritorious Service Awards winners in recognition of individuals who have made significant contribution to the advancement of U. S. military missions and the promotion of equal opportunity in the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) communities.

    U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Patrick M. Ganacias

    National Guard Staff Sergeant Alan F. Lee

    National Guard Major Karmin Ng

    National Guard Brigadier General William R. Burks

    U.S. Navy Commander Chaplain Manuel (Don) A. Biadog, Jr.

    U.S. Navy Lieutenant James J. Yoon

    U.S. Marine Corps Commander Yuwynn E. Ho

    U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Raphael J. Sadowitz

    U.S. Air Force Captain Carl R. Chen

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Kathleen V. Easton

    Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Warrant Officer Vanderla L. Akaka

    Congratulations to all the winners. The awards will be presented at the 31st National Leadership Training Program to be held from May 9-13, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance of Universal Studio Orlando, Florida.

    Downloadable PDF here
  • April 14, 2016 12:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, congratulates recipients of the 2016 FAPAC Civilian Awards. 

    Outstanding Individual Leadership 

    Peter Sung Ohr (SES)  - National Labor Relations Board
    Chris L. Hoh (GS 13-15)  - Defense Intelligence Agency 

    Excellence in Individual Achievement 

    Carmen Villar (SES) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Christy Kwon (GS 13-15) - National Labor Relations Board
    Mark A. Cordisco (GS 1-12) - 437 Aerial Port Squadron, U.S. Air Force

    Diversity Excellence
    Kevin Shea (SES) - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
    Zhuo (Adam) Chen (GS 13-15) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
    Annette Delos-Santos (GS 1-12) - Forest Service, USDA

    Congratulations to all the winners. The awards will be presented at the 31st National Leadership Training Program to be held from May 9-13, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance of Universal Studio Orlando, Florida. 

    Downloadable PDF Here

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