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  • January 01, 2017 00:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    As we welcome the New Year, and as I begin my reflection on 2016, we successfully completed the 1st Quarter of FY2017. I want to thank each of you for your time and energy in helping make the FAPAC organization very successful and productive in the last 3 months.  We wouldn’t accomplish a lot and be where we are today without your total commitment, dedication and professionalism.  Thank you for volunteering and serving our Organization and its Members so well throughout this first quarter!

    October 2016, first month was an especially exciting one. The Vice President for Operations solicited Committee Chairs and recruitment to be completed by the end of the Oct 2016; newly elected officers were inducted at the National Press Club (click link page); first NBOD meeting conducted right after the installation; FAPAC Officers met with four (4) different Agencies to discuss the possibility of forming a new FAPAC Chapter in their Agency; Community Outreach Committee conducted Career Fair planning meeting; and the President joined the NCEP monthly meetings via teleconference.

    November 2016, second month was busy, by the recommendations of the Vice President for Operations, the President appointed all the Committee Chairs (click link page); the Vice President reviewed all the FAPAC MOUs with different Agencies and scheduled future meetings to meet with multiple Agencies to discuss continuous partnerships and sponsorships; Conference Planning Committee kicked-off the 2017 National Leadership Training Program planning meeting at Rockville Hilton in Maryland (click link page); and Outreach Committee Members held a very successful Federal Employment Career Fair that was attended by over 30+ Agencies, was held at the Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, Maryland (click link page);  

    December 2016 third month was very hectic, as we celebrate the Holidays, our dedicated volunteers continuous to pursue great things for FAPAC. Webmaster Team launched the new look/logo of FAPAC on our website; the Newsletter Committee Chair released her 1st bi-monthly Newsletter (click link page); the Program Committee kickoff the 2017 Mentoring Program planning, while the 2016 Mentoring Program concluded end of Dec with 18 candidates graduating the program; the Constitution and Bylaws Committee kickoff the planning meeting to amend the C&B, planned for release by the second quarter of the FY2017; Chapter Committee Chair held meetings and continuously working with the Regional Directors to form new Chapters; the President and Vice President met with the USDA high level management few days before Christmas and received sponsorship commitment for the May 2017 event; and the FAPAC 2017 NLTP Theme “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together” for Heritage Month was released for Agencies to use (click link page).

    Overall, FAPAC Members and Committee Chairs worked together as a team to ensure that we continue to promote equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion and to serve the Federal and DC Governments and the Communities. Everyone did their part to make the 1st Quarter of the FY2017 a success, and everyone can feel justifiable pride in the outcomes and to be a proud member of this premiere organization!!


    Olivia F. Adrian
    FAPAC President 2017-2018

  • December 25, 2016 10:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    FAPAC proudly announces the 2017 Theme for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together

    The theme this year provides a single focus for all AAPI’s to unite by speaking together. This theme encourages the various AAPI communities to join together to overcome misconceptions and stereotypes about the vibrant and diverse AAPI community. The AAPI experience varies greatly and all groups must join together to communicate our individual experiences. Diversity is a Journey and we can not travel there alone. By uniting our voices, we can raise issues and tell stories that elevate the AAPI community. With this theme, we hope to improve representation in the workplace by communicating the benefits of a diverse workforce.

    No community should be invisible to its government.” President Barack Obama, October 14, 2009

    2017 National Leadership Training Program

    The FAPAC 32nd National Leadership Training Program returns to the Hilton Rockville, Rockville MD from May 15-19, 2017During this training, AAPI leaders will identify barriers that stifle AAPI progress and work towards solutions that elevate the AAPI community. We will offer educational workshops, informative plenaries, and programs for students and veterans.

    It is a transformative experience for attendees. If you have attended before, we want to welcome you back and share some exciting additions with you! And if you have never been a part of this experience, then make this the year you participate.

    We are busy behind the scenes assembling a lineup of inspiring keynotes and motivational workshops, but registration is open and ready for you! Now is the time to register and reserve your hotel room.

    Conference Info Here Register for Hotel Here

    Potential sponsors or partners can email
    For Registration issues, please email
    Press and News Media, please email 
    Potential Speakers can fill out the form at

    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.

  • December 05, 2016 18:00 | Thong Vu (Administrator)

    A joyous season is upon us. The bright and colorful lights twinkle and illuminate the paths to our friends and families where we all share festive foods and drinks. The sounds of stringed instruments and familiar tunes remind me of one of my favorite holiday carols. 

    These holiday thoughts, delicious smells and memorable sounds remind me of being so fortunate to have so many friends in FAPAC. You are the reason our organization is united and able to carry out the many good things we do. No one can do it alone. I would like to thank every member for all you do for FAPAC throughout the year. I am honored to serve and be part of a great organization!

    A sincere and warmest Holiday Greetings to all!

    Olivia F. Adrian
    FAPAC President 

  • November 24, 2016 08:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    Let us take a moment to savor the autumnal beauty of the season and our great prosperity as we enjoy our families, food and the fun of being together for Thanksgiving. As we prepare to sit down at a table laden with turkey, pumpkin, corn, cranberries and perhaps nappa cabbage, radish, rice, and noodles, it is important for us to remember that the holiday is more than just a festive meal. It is a time when we come together to count our blessings and be grateful for those blessings. How fortunate we are to have our health and be able to sit down together with loved ones for a meal that is historic and symbolic of the bounty of our land.

    Many of us enjoy both the culture of this country and the rich heritage of our native homelands -- over 30 distinct groups from Asian and Pacific regions. We can celebrate the duality of the past and present while having hope of brighter futures. Whatever the circumstances that brought us to this great country, we are grateful to be its humble civil servants. As federal employees, we are honored to serve our country and move our government forward.

    FAPAC members are the priceless keys to FAPAC's success. I am truly grateful to having all of you in FAPAC, and I look forward to us working together to make FAPAC an even better organization.

    Thank you for all your support. On behalf of the FAPAC National Board of Directors, let me wish you, your families, and friends a very happy Thanksgiving!

    Thank you,

    Olivia F. Adrian
    Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)

  • November 18, 2016 07:07 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    FAPAC welcomes newly elected officials to Congress and the Executive Branch

    We congratulate the following Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates on their victories in their respective congressional races on November 8, 2016. Two new AAPIs were elected to serve in the U.S. Senate and five in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    • Senator-Elect Tammy Duckworth (D) (Illinois): the first Thai-American elected to the Senate and previous FAPAC Military Award Winner
    • Senator-Elect Kamala Harris (D) (California): the first Indian (Tamil)-American elected to the Senate
    • Representative Ami Bera (D) (California-7th): re-elected Indian (Gujarati)-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
    • Representative Judy Chu (D) (California-27th): re-elected Chinese-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
    • Representative Ted Lieu (D) (California-33rd): re-elected Chinese-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
    • Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D) (Hawaii-1st): re-elected Asian-American member from Hawaii
    • Representative-Elect Pramila Jayapal (D) (Washington-7th): the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House
    • Representative-Elect Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) (Illinois-8th): the first Hindu Indian-American member of Congress 
    • Representative-Elect Ro Khanna (D) (California-17th): new Indian-American member of Congress 
    • Representative-Elect Stephanie Murphy (D) (Florida-7th): the first Vietnamese American woman elected to the House

    This brings the total of AAPI representatives and senators in Congress to 18, a new high. See the full list of AAPIs serving in Congress here. 

    In addition, we congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his presidential victory. FAPAC is eager to move forward by working together with him to create an inclusive, diverse government that will develop effective solutions to our nation's most pressing challenges.

    Warm Regards,

    Olivia F. Adrian, President
    Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)

  • November 10, 2016 16:54 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    Veterans Day is a day to celebrate our country and remember those who represent our ideals and fought for our freedoms. Every year, we set aside time on Veterans Day to honor all the men and women who have served our country in uniform.  We celebrate veterans from generations past and we welcome a new generation of veterans, some of whom are just returning home after serving abroad.  We also thank our future veterans - those who are still serving in the armed forces. 


    To all our veterans – thank you!  Thank you for everything you’ve done for our country. 


    Happy Veterans Day!

  • November 10, 2016 09:26 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    Team FAPAC,

    The FAPAC President’s Leadership Award is the most prestigious award and is an opportunity to recognize teams and individuals for outstanding contributions and exceptional service to the Organization and its mission. Former President, Ms. Grace Spence extend her warm regards and thanks to the Board of Directors who supported her during her 2-year term and in recognizing the important contributions of our members who continuously commits to support the mission of FAPAC and make a difference each day.


    The FAPAC President's Award recognizes outstanding performances by teams and individuals within the two year period of her term, from 2014 through 2016. The categories for the awards were as follows: 



    Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to members who have demonstrated exceptionally significant long-term contributions impacting the mission of the Organization.


    2.       DR. KIN WONG, DOT (RETIRED)

    3.       KAYE NITTA, FDA

    4.       GERALD J. TIQUI, NASA

    5.       SELINA LEE, USDA

    6.       PANKAJ PARIKH, EPA

    7.       LILY HO, NGB

    Leadership Award: Presented to members who have made continuing contributions impacting the mission and programs of the Organization.



    3.       THANH TRANG, FAA

    4.       LIQUN  WONG, DEA

    5.       SHARON PANG, HHS


    7.       DARRICK LEE, FAPAC

    8.       THONG VU, FAA

    President’s Service Award: Presented to members who have made contributions to the Organization through outstanding service.


    2.       JONATHAN LEE, FAPAC


    4.       JOHN HUANG, FDA



    7.       SARA KAUL, NIH




    President’s Trail Blazer’s Leadership Award: Presented to members who took initiatives to advocate and promote FAPAC's mission, objectives and demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the organization. 







    Thanks to all for your continued commitment to the FAPAC's mission; these awards were presented by the outgoing President during the Installation of the newly elected officers on Oct 14, 2016 at the National Press Club, Washington DC.



    Olivia F. Adrian

    FAPAC President



  • November 07, 2016 08:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    Join us for our annual Membership Appreciation & Holiday Celebration Dinner!

    This is a time to meet the FAPAC Leadership and network with other FAPAC members and supporters!
    It is open to all, members and non-members

    Date: Saturday, January 21st, 2017
    Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Where: Fortune Seafood Restaurant,
    6249 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
    (703) 538-3333

    Cost: $15 Member | $30 Non-Member

    Register Here

    Please email with questions

    Kevin Le: 703-389-0193 
    Thong Vu: 202-267-0341 

  • November 03, 2016 20:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    This is an announcement for the FY2017 Standing Committee Chairpersons and Co-Chairs to serve for 1 year term as stated under the current Constitution and Bylaws

    Dear FAPAC Members:

     On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I am very excited to announce the appointments of all the Standing Committees Chairs in accordance with the FAPAC Bylaws, Article IV, as presented and strongly recommended by the Vice President of Operations, Mr. Peter Nguyen.

    Each year that FAPAC has been in existence has brought new accomplishments and each year new goals are set for greater achievements.  This year, we have new Team Leaders and our agenda is very ambitious and we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with everyone’s support we can be successful.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FAPAC Committee Chairs 2016-2017 below:

    Standing Committees

    • Program Committee: Kelly Kim (DOI)
    • Public Relations Committee: Julie Tam (VAC)
    • Nomination and Election Committee: Parveen Setia (USDA)
    • Affirmative Committee: Pat Basu (USDA)
    • Membership Committee: Liqun Wong (DOJ)
    • Chapter Committee: Vaiyapuri Subramaniam (VA)
    • Conference Committee: Marina Milton (Treasury) & Darrick Lee (FAPAC)
    • Constitution and Bylaws Committee: Sara Kaul (NIH)
    • Ethics Committee:  Kaye Nita (FDA)   

    Temporary Ad-Hoc Committees​

    • Awards Committee: M. Farook Sait (USDA retired)
    • Newsletter Committee:  Claire Huber (Treasury)
    • Community Outreach Committee: Eva Ngai (FAA)
    • Strategic and Long Term Planning Committee:  Selina Lee (USDA)
    • Special Events Program Committee: Thong Vu (FAA)

    Thank you also to our Vice President of Operations who worked diligently to make sure we have a good team to serve this year!

    Olivia F Adrian
    FAPAC President

  • September 01, 2016 22:03 | Lily Ho

    PRESS RELEASE                                                        For information contact:
    September 1, 2016                                                              

    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
    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 for details and reservations.

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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