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  • 11 Feb 2016 10:29 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    (Washington DC) - FAPAC is proud to be a sponsor along with other Asian American organization for the first celebration of the Lunar New Year on Capitol Hill on February 10, 2016. On a cold bright Wednesday night hundreds of AAPI, including more than 22 FAPAC members, attended the festive event and enjoyed some productive networking in welcoming the Year of the Monkey. We look forward to a year of changes but the wits of the monkey will carry us through it all. Several member of Congress and CAPAC were present to offer greetings - Grace Meng, Ted Lieu, Mark Takai, Mike Honda and Ami Bera and others. CAPAC Chair Judy Chu managed to show up at the end to meet the die hard supporters for a group photo. Dr. Kin Wong, Immediate Past President and Board Member, conveyed the FAPAC greetings to the attendees on behalf of President Grace Spence. Vice President Peter Nguyen also attended for part of the event. See the photo section for some moments.

  • 23 Jan 2016 17:44 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    FAPAC held its Annual Holiday Event on January 16 at the Fortune Restaurant in Falls Church, VA with more than a hundred members, guests and children. Two new chapters (NIH Chapter and the US Coast Guard Chapter) were inaugurated. President Grace Spence also used the occasion to recognized former President Dr. Kin Wong on his retirement and continued service to FAPAC. Participants, both mentors and menses of the CDHP Mentoring Program, under the leadership of Aurel Franklin and Selina Lee were recognized also. Under Secretary Ed Avalos from USDA spoke of the importance of FAPAC program and continuous support from key agencies under Secretary Vilsack. Then the Ladies in Red led off into an evening of dancing to the music of the band Manila Bay after a multiple course dinner. See the photo section for some beautiful memories.

  • 05 Dec 2015 23:44 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    Washington DC - On Dec 2 FAPAC held its Congressional Seminar at the Gold Room in the Rayburn House Office Building with the support of the CAPAC (Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus) and United Solutions. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair CAPAC, delivered the keynote at the opening. Rep. Grace Meng, Ted Lieu and Aumua Amato and Commissioner Karen Nagasaki from US Civl Rights Commission presented remarks following Judy. Other speakers include Diana Yu, Chief of Staff at the White House Initiatives AAPI and Jane Lee, Deputy COO at OPM, and others. The event was attended by more than 70 employees and executives from various agencies throughout the federal government and serves as a critical training module for FAPAC to enhance the awareness of the importance to work with Congress and be proactive with issues of interest to the AAPI community.

  • 23 Nov 2015 10:37 | FAPAC

    FAPAC and Washington Adventist University jointly sponsored the Federal Employment Career Fair at the WAU campus in Takoma Park, Maryland on 11/19/2015.   30 some federal agencies set up the booth at the event and over 300 students and job seekers attended the events.

    1. OPM - Office of Personnel Management
    2. EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
    3. USDA/NRCS - Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service
    4. USDA/ARC - Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
    5. USDA/FS - Department of Agriculture/Forest Service
    6. USDA/FSA – Department of Agriculture/Farm Service Agency
    7. NRC - Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    8. Smithsonian Institution
    9. Peace Corp
    10. NGB/ANG - National Guard Bureau /Army National Guard
    11. VA - Department of Veterans Affairs
    12. HHS - Department of Human and Health Services
    13. HHS/CMS - Department of Human and Health Services /Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    14. CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
    15. DOT/FHA - Dept. of Transportation/Federal Highway Safety Administration
    16. DNI - Intelligent Community
    17. DOJ/FBI/WFO – Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigation/Washington Field Office
    18. DOJ/DEA/WDO – Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration/Washington DC Division Office
    19. DOJ/ATF – Department of Justice/ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    20. DHS/TSA – Department of Homeland Security/Transportation Security Administration
    21. DHS/FEMA - Department of Homeland Security /Federal Emergency Management Agency
    22. DHS/FLETC - Department of Homeland Security /Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) 
    23. DHS/CBP - Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection
    24. DHS/USSS - Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Secret Service
    25. DHS/USCIS - Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    26. DOI – Department of Interior
    27. DLA – Defense Logistics Agency
    28. FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
    29. EPA - Environmental Protection Agency   

     

  • 13 Nov 2015 02:43 | FAPAC

    THEME FOR 2016 ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the Theme for the observance of 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  The theme is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies

    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. 

  • 30 May 2015 01:55 | FAPAC

    The Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Training Program, where he reiterated the importance of FAPAC to the Coast Guard’s future as an adaptable, specialized and diverse workforce in a complex operating environment.    

    Admiral Zukunft, along with FAPAC President Ms. Grace Spence, presented Lieutenant Commander Dominique Samonte with a special achievement award before enjoying cultural presentation featuring different Asian cultures.

    In addition to the Commandant’s participation at FAPAC opening ceremonies, Lieutenant Daniel Han and Lieutenant Junior Grade Luke D’Lima were recognized as 2015 FAPAC Military Meritorious Service Award recipients!  

  • 29 May 2015 02:02 | FAPAC

    Left to right: Grace Spence, President of FAPAC; Teresa Hollingsworth, Chief, Outreach and Policy, ODNI; Deborah Kircher, Assistant Director of ODNI, Doris Johnson, ODNI
     
    On May 1st, 2015, Intelligent Community (IC) held its Spring IC Heritage Community Liaison Council meeting in Downtown Washington DC. Over 20 organizations attended the meeting. ODNI CHCO staff informed Council members about the IC Applicant Gateway which will provide a portal for IC career information in a new website (IntelligenceCareers.gov) and, ultimately, a mechanism to apply to a number of IC agencies through one central location.  The new website will be operational as of October 2015 and will include career information for DIA, NGA, NSA and ODNI.   The actual capability to apply for vacancies at those agencies through the IntelligencCareers.gov will be available in the fall of 2016. FAPAC is committed to collaborate with IC in increasing the diversity workforce.  
  • 11 May 2015 17:41 | FAPAC

    FAPAC AND HHS CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH

    Article by Vanee Komolprasert, Federal Asian Pacific American Council, FDA

     

    On May 4-8, 2015, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) hosted the 30th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, in Rockville, Maryland. 

    HHS held an Agency Forum to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month observance.  The Agency Forum brings together senior leaders and staff to discuss important Department-wide matters with their employees. 

    The Forum featured a keynote address by John Gill, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources; and a presentation on “State of Asian Americans at HHS” by Wilfredo Sauri, Director, HHS Data Analytics and Reporting Division. There was also a panel discussion on “Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion” by Debra C. Chew, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, National Institutes of Health, Luben Montoya, HHS Section Chief/Senior Advisor for Civil Rights Policy, Civil Rights Division, Office of Civil Rights, Carol M. Moulton, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Food and Drug Administration, and Bonita V. White, Director, HHS Diversity & Inclusion Division. 

    Panelists Mr. Luben Montoya, Ms. Debra C. Chew, Ms. Carol M. Moulton, and Ms. Bonita V. White

     

    The Forum included an abbreviated workshop on “Understanding Unconscious Bias” presented by B. Winona Chestnut, Diversity Program Manager, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Equal Opportunity, Civil Rights and Diversity Management, and presentations on “HHS Initiatives on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health” by CAPT Samuel Wu, Public Health Advisor, Office of the Secretary, “Health Disparity Efforts” by Dr. Cara V. James, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and “Advancing AANHPI Health” by Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority Health.

    The Forum was broadcast via Adobe Connect to allow HHS employees, throughout the country, to participate. The program was well-attended, with more than 100 participants on-site.

    Survey results showed the Forum was well-received with strong support to continue addressing AAPI-related topics in the future.  

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