November 10, 1961: Presidential Directive 465: John F. Kennedy established the Federal Executive Boards in 1961 with Presidential Directive 465, focusing on the need for greater coordination of regional and field activities of the government. As part of the order, he stated:
“Federal officials outside of Washington provide the principal day-to-day contact of the Government with the citizens of this country and generally constitute the actual point of contact for Federal programs with the economy and other phases of our national life.
“Although each executive agency and its field organization have a special mission, there are many matters on which the work of the departments converge. Among them are management and budgetary procedures, personnel policies, recruitment efforts, office information duties, and similar matters. There are opportunities to pool experience and resources, and to accomplish savings. In substantive programs there are also opportunities for a more closely coordinated approach in many activities.”
The Federal Government isn’t just in Washington, D.C.
The San Francisco Bay Area FEB was one of the original ten cities across the United States where FEBs were first organized. The San Francisco FEB connects in excess of 134 federal agencies and facilities, with an estimated 70,000 federal civilian, postal, and military employees in the 9-counties around the San Francisco Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). Major cities include San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento. The Norcal Combined Federal Campaign further connects all federal employees in the 45 counties of Northern California.
FEBs are the forums for communication and collaboration among Federal agencies outside of Washington, DC. The need for effective coordination among the field activities of Federal departments and agencies was then, and is still, very clear. Approximately 85 percent of all Federal employees work outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Federal programs have their impact largely through the actions of the regional and field representatives of departments and agencies.
FEB Locations Throughout the United States
The National network of 28 FEBs, located in areas of significant Federal populations, serves as the cornerstone for strategic partnering in Government.