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  • 20 Apr 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

  • 04 Oct 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.

  • 01 Sep 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.

  • 29 Apr 2016 22:15 | Anonymous member (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

  • 14 Apr 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
  • 14 Apr 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

  • 13 Nov 2015 16:05 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    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”.

    This years theme is a three part directive for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in today's modern age. This theme acknowledges the challenges that still exist and serve as a focal point for 2016.

    • Walk Together encourages us to collaboratively share our diverse perspectives and find common ground to move forward in a united, cooperative effort.
    • Embrace Differences recognizes the diverse backgrounds and contributions of AAPI's in America and encourages us to accept those differences as a strength in the workforce.
    • Build Legacies encourages us to remain focused on our efforts towards the mission. This places emphasis on making impact career decisions that will provide a lasting effect for future generations.

    Together these three imperatives serve as guiding principles to promote equal representation in the workforce and to remove barriers in developing diverse leaders.

    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. 

  • 17 Apr 2015 20:46 | FAPAC

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announces the 2015 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....Read more...

  • 17 Apr 2015 20:42 | FAPAC

    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 2015 FAPAC Civilian Awards  ... Read more....

  • 20 Nov 2014 13:20 | FAPAC

    THEME FOR 2015 ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the Theme for the observance of 2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  The theme is “Many Cultures, One Voice:  Promote Equality and Inclusion 

    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. 

     

    For Information about FAPAC, please visit www.fapac.org.

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