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  • 21 May 2012 15:58 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    MEDIA ALERT 

    May 17, 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Media Contact:
    David Lee (703) 623-1721

    Coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations to host Senate Reception

    Over twenty organizations in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have come together with members of the U.S. Senate and elected officials from Maryland and Virginia to host a luncheon reception in support of Senate Resolution 201 and Immigration Reform, and to commemorate national Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. This is the first such event to be hosted at the Senate in over four years.

    The event’s sponsor, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, along with honorary hosts Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Mike Honda, Congressman John Sarbanes, Congressman Frank Wolf, MD Delegate Kumar Barve, MD Delegate Susan Lee, MD Delegate Kriselda Valderrama, MD Delegate Sam Arora, VA Delegate Mark Keam, MD Delegate Aruna Miller, and VA Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jimmy Rhee will attend the May 24th event from 11am-2pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building. “This reception is the result of wide-reaching collaboration between regional and national AAPI organizations that are dedicated to the advancement of social, political, and economic well-being of those in the AAPI community,” said Judge Chung Pak of the United States Patent and Trade Office. “It is a great opportunity for legislators to reflect on recent successes in the AAPI community, as well as reinforce their commitment to addressing issues which affect members of the growing national AAPI community.”

    Host organizations include American Bangladeshi Community Development, American Indian Community Services, Association of Baltimore Chinese, China Alumni Association of Greater Washington, Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Coordination Council of Chinese American Associations, Federal Asian Pacific American Council, Filipino American Foundation for Charity, Global Hanin Yundai, Greater Washington Chinese American Community, Guangdong Residents Assn. of Greater Washington, Hope Chinese School, Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Korean American Women's Chamber of Commerce, Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Korean Society of Maryland, Maryland Muslim Council, National Asian & Pacific American Association, Thai Tennis Organization, Organization of Chinese Americans-DC, Union of Chinese American Professional Organizations, and the VA Asian Festival sponsored by TTOA.

    Senate Resolution 201, which expresses regret over the Chinese Exclusion Acts and reaffirms the Senate’s commitment to civil rights, was passed unanimously by the Senate late last year. It is currently with the House Subcommittee on the Constitution as HR 282. The Chinese Exclusion Acts were a series of legislative acts which imposed severe restrictions against persons of Chinese descent and were the first to restrict a group of immigrants based on race and class. “The unanimous passing of S. Res. 201,” said Maryland State Delegate Susan Lee, “marks a significant step in our country’s dedication to equality and opportunity and to reconciling the mistakes of the past.”

    Performances for the reception will represent the artistic traditions of a variety of pan-Asian cultures. “I am thrilled to bring the ancient Chinese art of WuShu to the Senate,” said Tiffany Wang, a martial artist with the U.S. Wushu Academy. “I feel it is very important to share this tradition with others. The United States is fortunate to have such a rich diversity of cultures with unique histories and experiences. We have a lot to learn from one another.” Other performances include Korean flower dance, Nepalese traditional dance, Korean musical performance, a Chinese zither performance, and a demo of Korean painting.

    For additional information, please contact David Lee at (703) 623-1721.

  • 11 May 2012 08:35 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    April 30 2012

    ATLANTA - FAPAC’s 27th Annual National Leadership Training Conference will be held on April 30-May 4, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.  FAPAC holds this conference to coincide with the Federal government’s observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme for 2012 is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion”.  Dr. Kin Wong, President, said that this is the largest pan Asian gathering of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the Southeast. Atlanta is an appropriate choice given that Atlanta is among the fastest growing AAPI communities.

    Many high level leaders will be speaking at the event including John Berry, Director of Office of Personnel Management, Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, U. S. Department of Agriculture and Major General Kelly McKeague, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters. Alex Wan from the Atlanta City Council will be on hand to welcome the attendees. The conference has been endorsed for many years by the Office of Personnel Management as appropriate for federal support and attendance.  The workshops and plenary sessions provide an excellent opportunity for critical leadership and communications training. Other tracks include EEO, diversity and interpersonal skills that are important for moving up the career ladders. Other plenary sessions focus on healthcare disparities and women in leadership. On May 2 Career Day students and veterans can attend special student program and the Veterans Forum free –pre-registration required. Students and veterans can visit the agency exhibits and career booths free.

    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, including GS and SES employees. FAPAC carried out its mission through the Annual National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, one day workshops on special topics and through other training conducted by its chapters. FAPAC also provide recognition of outstanding performers through its Military and Civilian Award Programs.

    For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

     

  • 04 Apr 2012 07:42 | FAPAC

    PRESS RELEASE For information contact: April 3, 2012 fapac@fapac.org

    FAPAC AWARDS ANNOUCED

    WASHINGTON DC – FAPAC congratulates the recipients of the 2012 Military Meritorious Service and Civilian Awards.

    Department of Defense and Federal Asian Pacific American Council

    2012 Military Meritorious Service Award Recipients

    United States Army

    Colonel Olen L. Kelley

    US Army Cyber Command - 2nd Army

    Fort Meade, MD

    United States Navy

    Lieutenant Commander Sunny Ramchandani

    Naval Medical Center

    San Diego, CA

    United States Marine Corps

    Gunnery Sergeant Myung K. Yoo

    Recruiting Station New Jersey

    Colts Neck, NJ

    United States Air Force

    Captain Mary Jane M. Brence

    48th Operations Group Royal Air Force

    Lakenheath, England

    National Guard Bureau

    Captain Valentine Chong Castillo

    Arizona Army National Guard

    Phoenix, AZ

    Master Sergeant Jeffery Pena Dela Cruz

    146th Air Lift Wing-Air National Guard

    Port Hueneme, CA

    United States Coast Guard

    Lieutenant Jocelyn Soriano

    Coast Guard Headquarters

    Washington, DC

    Federal Asian Pacific American Council

    2012 Civilian Award Recipients

    Outstanding Individual Leadership

    SES: Meroe S. Park - Central Intelligence Agency

    GS 11-15: Jean T. Dumlao – United States Navy

    GS 1-10: Thomas Szymanek – Department of Veterans Affairs

    Excellence in Individual Achievement

    SES: Dr. James Meng – United States Navy

    GS 11-15: Anthony H. Hsia – Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    GS 1-10: Yoshiko Shibuya _ United States Army

    Diversity Excellence

    SES: John Burden – Department of the Interior/William P. Milton – Department of Agriculture

    GS 11-15: Frederick Cheng - Defense Intelligence Agency

    GS 1-10: Chor Yang – Department of Agriculture

    The awards will be presented at the 27th Annual National Leadership Training Conference will be held on April 30-May 4, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia. FAPAC holds this conference to coincide with the Federal government’s observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme for 2012 is "Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion".

    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, including GS and SES employees. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

  • 16 Feb 2012 13:59 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE                

    February 15, 2012                                                                                

    For information contact:
    fapac@fapac.org       

    FAPAC 27th National Leadership Training Conference Team Visits Atlanta

    WASHINGTON DC - FAPAC’s 27th Annual National Leadership Training Conference will be held on April 30-May 4, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.  FAPAC holds this conference to coincide with the Federal government’s observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme for 2012 is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion”.  Dr. Kin Wong, President and Grace Spence, Conference Chair will visit Atlanta on March 22-24 to meet the community and volunteers. All interested community leaders are welcome to attend the public meeting on March 24 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta at Buckhead. Light refreshment will be provided.

    The conference has been endorsed for many years by the Office of Personnel Management as appropriate for federal support and attendance.  The workshops and plenary sessions provide an excellent opportunity for critical leadership training and to understand regulations on EEO and learn the tools for moving up the career ladders. On May 2 Career Day students and veterans can attend special student program and the Veterans Forum free –pre-registration required (register today to avoid cutoff due to limited capacity). All registered attendees can visit the agency exhibits and career booths free.

    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, including GS and SES employees. FAPAC carried out its mission through the Annual National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, one day workshops on special topics and through other training conducted by its chapters. FAPAC also provide recognition of outstanding performers through its Military and Civilian Award Programs.

    For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

  • 05 Feb 2012 12:39 | Kin Wong (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON DC – On January 28, 2012 FAPAC joined with the Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) and the Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM) in a letter to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, in expressing our concern about the continued incidence of hazing in the military leading to the death of Private Danny Chen despite the policy against bullying and hazing. The three organizations offered their assistance in finding solutions to the problem the root cause. The theme for the 2012 Asian American Heritage Month - “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion” was chosen by FAPAC recently to calling on managers and supervisors on the need to become leaders in view of the increasing diverse workforce in the federal government. The theme was to support the Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion signed by President Obama on August 18, 2011.

    Education, mentoring and accountability are the key to change the culture that may be deep rooted. To this end FAPAC will have programming in its coming conference in Atlanta, to be held on April 30 – May 4, 2012 to the importance of diversity.

    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 promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among 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 carried out its mission through the Annual National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, and through training by local chapters. FAPAC also recognized outstanding employees and managers who contributed to enhance diversity in the community.

    For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

  • 19 Dec 2011 07:46 | FAPAC

    PRESS RELEASE                                                                
    December18, 2011                                                                               

    Contact:  fapac@fapac.org       

    STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

    Theme for APA Heritage Month 2012  

    WASHINGTON DC - FAPAC announced the theme for the 2012 Asian American Heritage Month - “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion”. The theme was chosen to focus on the Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion signed by President Obama on August 18, 2011. Dr. Kin Wong, President of FAPAC, also announced that FAPAC has established an Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion under its Chair Selina Lee to work with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in its effort to implement the Executive Order. FAPAC will work with its partners, under the National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS), in supporting the effort. The text of the EO may be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/18/executive-order-establishing-coordinated-government-wide-initiative-prom.

    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, including GS and SES employees. FAPAC carried out its mission through the Annual National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, and through other training by its chapters.

    For more information, please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

  • 07 Dec 2011 12:31 | FAPAC

    White House Internship Program:

    This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Interns are placed in various offices throughout the White House, and are given varying tasks, such as conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos.

     Application Due Date:   January 22, 2012 (for Summer 2012 Term: 5/29/12 - 8/10/12)

    Eligible Applicants:   Undergraduate/Graduate Students, Recent Graduates, Veterans                Compensation:          College credit, unpaid               

    Application Materials:  Two Essays, Current Resume, Two Letters of Recommendation                Website/Contact:    http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships                 

     

    White House Initiative on AAPIs Internship Program

    The WHIAAPI Internship Program offers students the opportunity to work on a wide range of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues, including education, health, sustainable neighborhoods, economic development, civil rights, and labor and employment.  In addition to assisting with research on those topics, interns will help write policy memos and proposals, coordinate events, and conduct outreach to national and local AAPI organizations, elected officials, and ethnic media outlets.

    Application Due Date:   March 15, 2012 (for Summer 2012 Term: 6/12 – 8/12) May 15, 2012 (for Fall 2012 Term: 8/12 – 12/12)

    Eligible Applicants:    Undergraduate/Graduate Students

    Compensation:         College credit, unpaid

    Application Materials:  Statement that describes (1) one issue that affects the AAPI community, (2) a strategy that you would implement at the Initiative to address it, and (3) the organizations and/or federal agencies with whom you would collaborate.

    Website/Contact:   www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/aapi/internships,  whitehouseaapi@ed.gov

     

    Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF)

    The Presidential Management Fellowship Program is a flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates interested in federal government work. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates through a rigorous application and selection process – all with the intention of developing a cadre of potential government leaders.

    Application Due Date:  PMF Class of 2012 application closed. Class of 2013 applications due in  Fall 2012                

    Eligible Applicants:  Final Year Graduate Students               

    Compensation:        Salary, benefits, leadership development training               

    Application Materials:  Refer to the Presidential Management Fellowship website for more information.

    Department of Labor:  http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/internprogram.htm·  For more information, also email wilkerson.vance@dol.gov.

    Department of State·  http://careers.state.gov/students  

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau· http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

    Corporation for National and Community Service·  http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/employment/index.asp

    Department of Agriculture·    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=INTERN_SCHOLAR&parentnav=USDAEMP_SERVICES&navtype=RT

    Department of Commerce·  http://hr.commerce.gov/Careers/StudentCareerOpportunities/index.htm

    Department of Defense·  http://www.whs.mil/HRD/Apply/SpecialEmployment/StudentEmploymentPrograms/Index.cfm

    Department of Education·  http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/job/intern/index.html

    Department of Energy·  http://jobs.energy.gov/entry-level-students

    Department of Health and Human Services·  http://www.hhs.gov/careers/student/index.html

    Department of Homeland Security·  http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/gc_1286805780388.shtm

    Department of Housing and Urban Development: http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/gc_1286805780388.shtm

    Department of the Interior·         Visit: http://www.doiu.nbc.gov/intern.html

    Department of Justice·         Visit: http://www.justice.gov/careers/student-opportunities.html

    Department of Transportation·         Visit: http://careers.dot.gov/stuopp.html

    Department of the Treasury·         Visit: http://www.treasury.gov/careers/hq-careers/Pages/Summer-Internship-Programs.aspx

    Department of Veterans Affairs·         Visit: http://www.va.gov/jobs/

    Environmental Protection Agency·         Visit: http://www.epa.gov/careers/stuopp.html Equal

    Employment Opportunity Commission·         Visit: http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/jobs/internships.cfm

    Federal Communications Commission·         Visit: http://transition.fcc.gov/internships/

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration·         Visit: http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/default.htm

    Office of Management and Budget·         http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recruitment_default

    Social Security Administration·         Visit: http://www.ssa.gov/careers/student1.htm

    United States Trade Representative·         Visit: http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/human-resources/employment/student-internship-program

  • 07 Dec 2011 12:30 | FAPAC

    Download: SES Development Program Application_Final, SES Development Program One Pager Public

    The White House Initiative on  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders asked us to share with you the following email message:


    Launching the Senior Executive Service Development Program (
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/21/launching-senior-executive-service-development-program
    )

    We are pleased to announce the launch of anew Senior Executive  Service
     (SES)  Development  Program:
    While the numbers of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific
    Islander federal government employees closely reflect the total
    population of AAPIs in the country, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians
    and Pacific Islander representation at SES, mid and senior level
    management remains low.

    In response, the Asian American Government Executives Network, with
    participation from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and
    Pacific Islanders, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the U.S.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched  a  program  to
    identify  and  aid applicants in preparation for the SES selection
    process through  intensive  training, education,  and  mentoring.

    See our two-year anniversary highlights at:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/10112011_aapi_highlights_of_2yr_accomplishments.pdf


    We also encourage federal employees to help AAGEN develop this new
    program by taking this survey:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AAGEN_SES_Development. Their survey
    will collect data to examine Federal employees’ career advancement
    strategies and work experiences. The survey results will provide
    information to senior executives and leaders on the challenges and
    barriers facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as other
    groups.

     

     

  • 18 Oct 2011 07:42 | FAPAC

    WASHINGTON DC - FAPAC applauded President Obama for signing a new Executive Order (E.O.) on Diversity & Inclusion on August 18 to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal government. The administration has been concerned about the lack of diversity in several areas of the federal government and the lack of consistent guidance and oversight from the Office of Personnel Management. 

    Dr. Kin Wong, President of FAPAC, recognized the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for its renewed efforts under the Director, John Berry, leading to the signing of the E.O.  FAPAC, along with its coalition partners under the National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS), have worked with OPM to address these issues and called for the E. O.

    Of particular concern to FAPAC has been the serious lack of diversity in the Senior Executive Service.  FAPAC will continue to work with OPM to help develop the guidance necessary to implement the requirement of the E.O. 

    The EO may be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/18/executive-order-establishing-coordinated-government-wide-initiative-prom.

    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, including GS and SES employees.

    For more information please visit www.fapac.org or become a fan of FAPAC on Facebook.

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