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. Currently, approximately 85% of Federal employees are located outside the Washington, DC area. 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.
The HPFEB was first established in 1967, and represents over 125 agency components, depending upon its geographic area of responsibility. Approximately 90,000 Federal civilian and military employees are served in the HPFEB network.
The HPFEB is made up of the highest ranking Federal leaders in the Hawaii-Pacific area of responsibility. Members represent civilian, military, postal, and law enforcement agencies, both small and large in size.
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.
The HPFEB Network delivers services in three categories of emphasis: Emergency Preparedness, Security and Employee Safety; Workforce Development and Support; and Strategic Partnerships.
The HPFEB 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 HPFEB conducts 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 (ADR) programs; and develop the Federal workforce by providing critical training opportunities and learning experiences.
The HPFEB 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.
The HPFEB improves communications among Federal agencies within each FEB, across the nationwide FEB Network, and with headquarters’ agencies in Washington, DC, serving as a focal point for State and local governments planning emergency response for the Federal workforce; cultivates community relations by coordinating Federal participation in local events; and supports the Hawaii-Pacific Area Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by providing Federal employees the opportunity for local charitable-giving.
The HPFEB office is authorized 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.
Administrative funding is provided by a voluntary host agency, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, while project funding is covered by local member agencies.
FEBs are located in areas with significant federal populations that serve as hubs for federal interagency activity. The regulations at 5 CFR 960.103 authorize the OPM Director to create, dissolve, or merge FEBs. Several factors are considered for these actions including the size of the general population, the size of the Federal population, the activity level and local commitment of existing interagency organization, as well as the ability to secure resources to support the FEB staff office and programs. The primary area of responsibility of the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board is the State of Hawaii, where most federal agency regional offices are located. Support to Guam, American Samoa and the remote Pacific Islands is provided as opportunity and local resources permit. The HPFEB also works with Federal Executive Associations in Guam and Alaska to support federal employees assigned there.