Overview

The Houston Federal Executive Board represents approximately 31,000 Federal employees and 107 agencies in the 22 counties along the upper Texas Gulf Coast area. The Board is made up of agency heads, or their designated representative, all of whom are dedicated to be a constructive, unifying force within the Federal Government, and our community, by providing effective communications and coordination between Federal agencies as well as all levels of government.

The FEB’s business lines are Emergency Preparedness, Employee Safety, and Security; Workforce Development and Support, and Strategic Partnerships.

Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Excellence

Vision

Serve as a Catalyst for better Government by strengthening coordination of Government activities.

Mission

Increase the effectiveness of Federal Government by strengthening coordination of collaborative Government Activities.

  • Establishing and maintaining critical communication networks – in the event of local and national emergencies.
  • Providing targeted training opportunities for federal employees.
  • Serving as a hub for cross-agency coordination on local issues.
  • Recognizing federal employees during Public Recognition Week.

History

The History of The Federal Executive Board Network

President John F. Kennedy introduced the first ten FEBs by Presidential Directive on November 13, 1961 with these words:

“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.”

Today there are 28 FEBs serving as a forum for communication and collaboration among Federal agencies outside of Washington, DC.

Approximately 85 percent of all Federal employees work outside the national capital area. Federal programs have their impact largely through the actions of field representatives of the departments and agencies. In addition, Federal officials outside Washington are the principal representatives of the Federal government for the citizens of this country.

FEBs accomplish their mission by fostering communication, coordination, and collaboration among Federal agencies, and also with state and local governments. FEBs provide information, referrals and guidance for intergovernmental relations and community outreach. The FEBs support and promote national initiatives of the President and the Administration, and respond to the local needs of Federal departments and agencies in the community through program activities of its committees and councils. Members of these committees are Federal employees who have been selected by their agency head to serve based on their positions, responsibilities, and expertise.

The Federal Executive Board network continues to be a constructive, unifying force within the Federal Government. In the course of its more than 55-year history, the FEB system has more than proved its value in ensuring a clear and effective communications medium between all levels of Government. FEBs operate under the oversight of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in accordance with regulations located at 5 CFR § 960 (external link).