Press Releases

  • 28 Jan 2014 09:14 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    Press Release Janauary 8

    WASHINGTON DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced that the National Training Program will be held May 5-9, 2014 at the new Sheraton Charlotte in North Carolina.

    Through its National Training Program every year FAPAC promotes cultural diversity and equal opportunity. During the event it also showcase the cultures of countries on the Asian Continent and across the Pacific. The invited speakers included Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, and Katherine Archuleta, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

    The planning team will visit with the Charlotte community to prepare for a successful national training event that provides an expanding opportunity for all federal employees and managers, through the process of learning and sharing of ideas on best practices on leadership, diversity and workforce issues related to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. FAPAC will also debut a Government Business Forum in conjunction with the new Business Advisory Partnership (BAP), formed recently under the Chair, Samuel Mok.

    The FAPAC Scholarship Fund Inc. will be awarding a Scholarship for Public Service in honor of Secretary Norman Mineta on May 8 at the NTP in Charlotte.

    Established in 1985, FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among the 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through activities in conjunctions to the observance of the Heritage Month, held during the month of May each year, and through its education, Military and Civilian Award programs. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org

     

  • 23 Dec 2013 11:25 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    THEME FOR AAPI HERITAGE MONTH MAY 2014

      

    DIVERSE LEADERSHIP + EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY: AN IMPERATIVE FOR AMERICA”

    WASHINGTON DC – The Federal Asian American Council (FAPAC) announced the theme for the AAPI Heritage Month May 2014:

    The theme reflects the critical role of diversity leadership in the multi-cultural mosaic in American and the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It is imperative that America takes the lead in its Pivot to Asian and the Pacific. The potential for the continuous innovation and success is guaranteed by the inflow of immigrants from every country. New leadership skills that embrace these changes will bring forth new solutions and collaboration.

    Through its National Training Program every year FAPAC promotes cultural diversity and equal opportunity. During the event it also showcase the cultures of countries on the Asian Continent and across the Pacific. 

    Established in 1985, FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among the 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through activities in conjunctions to the observance of the Heritage Month, held during the month of May each year, and through its education, Military and Civilian Award programs. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org

  • 26 Sep 2013 17:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is currently seeking spring interns. We will consider part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week, with priority given to those who can work full-time. We are looking for interns who have a strong interest and familiarity with issues impacting the AAPI community and outstanding research, writing, and computer skills. Interns at the Initiative are responsible for assisting the staff in researching a wide range of issues impacting the AAPI community, including education, health, economic and community development, civil rights, and labor and employment. In addition, interns will help develop policy memos and proposals, organize events, and conduct outreach to national and local AAPI organizations, elected officials, federal agencies, and ethnic media outlets. The Initiative works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for AAPIs by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved. We work collaboratively with federal agencies to increase AAPI participation in programs in education, commerce, business, health, human services, housing, environment, arts, agriculture, labor and employment, transportation, justice, veterans affairs, and economic and community development.

    Please note that applications for spring internships are due October 15. Students may also be interested in our summer and fall internship opportunities.

    More information can be found on our website www.whitehouse.gov/aapi. More information about our spring internship opportunity can be downloaded below.
  • 27 Jun 2013 08:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    FAPAC is proud to announce once again its annual potluck BBQ picnic on July 13, 2013 so save the date because you don't want to miss this chance to find out what FAPAC is about or to meet other members. This years picnic will be held at Wheaton Regional Park, Shelter D. Come out for free BBQ, ethnic foods, and fun in the sun. Don't be shy to bring your favorite dish to share with others!
    (Click here for more information on the FAPAC annual potluck BBQ picnic)
  • 27 Jun 2013 08:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The FAPAC Challenge Teams is an innovative new project-oriented, experiential training-based program targeted at developing skills for emerging federal employee leaders while working to solve the dilemmas facing the federal government when addressing the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) federal employees and communities.
    (Click here for more information)
  • 01 Jun 2013 15:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The FAPAC Congressional Seminar has been scheduled for June 13, 2013 in the Gold Room, Rayburn House Building, Washington DC. The Seminar will focus on public service and working with the government and will feature talks from Sam Mok (former CFO, Department of Labor), Audrey Buehring (Deputy Director, White House Initiative on AAPI) and members of the Congress including Honorable Judy Chu, Honorable Tammy Duckworth, Honorable Mike Honda and more.
    (Register now for the event)
    Agenda (Updated: June 12)

    7:30 am

    Doors Open/Security Check Point Pre-Registration (8:00 AM) and Photo ID required

    8:00 am

    Light Breakfast Provided

    9:00 am

    Mistress of Ceremony: Janet Chen, Membership Chair, FAPAC
    Welcome
    Dr. Kin Wong,  President, FAPAC

    Keynote Remarks: AAPI’s Time is Here!

    Honorable Congresswomen Judy Chu's remarks delivered by Krystal Ka'ai

    Honorable Senator Barbara Mukulski's remarks delivered by John Huang

    9:30 am

    Getting Ahead: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

    Dr. Carson Eoyang, Former Chancellor of National Intelligence University

    10:00 am

    Making to the Top – Be a Political Appointee –

    Mr. Sam Mok, former CFO, Department of Labor

    11:00 am

    Briefing from the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) 

    Audrey Buehring, Deputy Director, WHIAAPI

    11:45 am

    Lunch (provided)

    12:00 pm

    Hot Issues for AAPI in this Session of Congress?

    Honorable Congressman Mike Honda, California & Chair Emeritus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

    Honorable Congressman Ami Bera, California

    1:00 pm

    Working with Congressional Staff

    Teal Takayama, Office of Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii

    1:30 pm

    How To Be Political Savvy:

    Honorable Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Illinois

    1:45 pm

    Your voice does matter

    Honorable Congressman John Sarbanes, Maryland

    2:00 pm

    Break

    2:15 pm

    "Your voice does matter" Panel Discussion
    Panelists:

    Georgia Coffey, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Veterans Affairs
    Sui Lang Panoke, Director of Women Politics Media, LLC
    Allen Li, Professional Staff on Space Subcommittee, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

    Moderator:

    Selina Lee, Director, EEO Services, Department of Education

    3:15 pm

    Closing Remarks

    Thanh Trang, Program Committee Chair, FAPAC

  • 14 May 2013 07:44 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    May 7, 2013

    Long Beach – On May 6, at the opening of its National Leadership Training Program, FAPAC announced the creation of an innovative new project-oriented, challenge-based program targeted at developing skills for emerging federal employee leaders while working to solve the dilemmas facing the federal government when addressing the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) federal employees and communities. 

    FAPAC, with participation from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other federal agencies, is designing this “challenge team” program to create a unique and rewarding professional development program where participants will get hands-on experience working on an interagency team to approach long-standing challenges with creativity and a fresh perspective. The program complements efforts by federal agencies to foster career development and advancement for AAPIs in the federal government per Executive Order 13515, signed by President Obama in 2009. Teams will be asked to examine and address complex policy and resource issues that the federal government is working to improve for AAPIs, specifically relating to the cross-cutting goal areas of workforce diversity, language access, capacity building and data disaggregation. The program has a two-fold objective: to provide an avenue of professional development to employees who may not get to participate on special assignments outside of their home agencies; and to create solutions to further facilitate the work of the federal government to serve unmet needs of AAPI communities.

    The program will be open to all federal employees, especially those at the GS-9 through GS-14 levels, who may have limited opportunities to pursue training, detail or special assignments in or outside of their home agencies, to develop leadership and management skills and to pursue opportunities of greater responsibility. FAPAC will select up to 20 applicants to serve on small teams with the opportunity to gain skills in competencies necessary to pursue leadership positions in federal government, including project management, strategy development, communications and effective team collaboration.

    Teams will have approximately six months to develop recommendations and guidance to their challenges and present their results to an interagency panel, with possibilities of implementing their work products. FAPAC intends to formally launch the program at the WHIAAPI- sponsored Federal Employee Conference (FEC) on July 12, 2013. FAPAC is targeting for the first round of projects to be underway by the fall of 2013.   

    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, please visit the FAPAC website at www.fapac.org or at challenge@fapac.org.

     

  • 14 May 2013 07:41 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    May 1, 2013

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Endowment Fund is proud to announce that Cindy Dinh is the winner of the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Scholarship.  This year’s award is given under the newly established FAPAC Endowment Fund in honor of the first Asian Pacific American elected to Congress – the late Dalip Singh Saund. The award will be given to a student on May 8, 2013 in Long Beach, CA during the FAPAC National Leadership Training Program. The awardee will receive a stipend of $5,000 towards his or her education. In future year awards will be also given out in honor of former Secretaries Elaine L. Chao and Norman Y. Mineta.

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

    Interested students can visit the FAPAC website at www.fapac.org for more information about FAPAC activities and programs.

     

  • 29 Apr 2013 09:29 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE                           

    April 18, 2013                                                                          

    For information contact:
    fapac@fapac.org       

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the 2013 FAPAC Military Meritorious Awards winners in recognition of individuals who have made significant contribution to the advancement of Department of Defense missions and the promotion of equal opportunity in the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) communities.

    Army:                                          Sergeant First Class Jason Zielske

    Marine Corps:                                      Staff Sergeamt Ryan Lungerhausen

    Air Force:                                 Flight Commander Huy H. Tran

    Army National Guard:             Captain Hyo J. Cho

    Air National Guard               Technical Sergeant Iris Honrado

    Coast Guard:                            Lieutenant Hermie Mendoza

    US Navy:                                  Lieutenant Alexander Wann

    The awards will be presented at the 28th Annual National Leadership Training Program to be held on May 6-10, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, California.

    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, please visit www.fapac.org.

    Congratulations to all the winners.

  • 29 Apr 2013 09:27 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE                                                                 April 16, 2013  

    For information contact: fapac@fapac.org       

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the 2013 FAPAC Civilian Awards winners in recognition of individuals who have made significant contribution to the advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the promotion of equal opportunity in the Federal and District of Columbia Government and their communities.

    2013 FAPAC Civilian Awards Winners:

    Outstanding Individual Leadership
    SES: Giao L. Phan - U.S. Coast Guard
    GS 11-15: Teresita G. Smith – Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

    Excellence in Individual Achievement
    GS 11-15: Nathan Kanale Sadowski – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    GS 1-10: Elizabeth Tuaau - U.S. Air Force


    Diversity Excellence
    SES: Rowan Gould, DOI - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    GS 11-15: Charlene E. Gibert, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    The awards will be presented at the 28th Annual National Leadership Training Program to be held on May 6-10, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, California.

    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, please visit www.fapac.org.

    Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 FAPAC Civilian Awards.

FAPAC is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.
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