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  • June 28, 2018 11:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    As we celebrate our country’s 242nd year of freedom, let’s join our hands to give thanks to the document that describes some reasons the 13 American colonies opted for a change in government from the British. As the lead writer of The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s main points were that government must be by the consent of those who are governed because all people are created equal, have basic human rights, and that government should protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    In other words, the birth certificate of the United States brings to our attention every year the importance of participating in government, remembering that we weren’t always free people and that a republic was formed.  

    It is the special day when the United States of America declared to be a free country from the rule of Great Britain in the year 1776. The U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday in 1870. It has been a paid holiday for Federal employees since 1938.

    The entire country is happy as it is a national holiday. We as federal and District of Columbia employees are so fortunate to be representatives of the government. No matter where you are from, Independence Day is the time to show our national pride in the United States of America. Get out your red, white and blue, wave the stars and stripes and sing our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, to show our patriotism as you have a cookout, attend a picnic or parade, or watch fireworks with your family and friends.

    Have a sparkling 4th of July! A spirit of equality and faith, and a belief of courage. I wish you all a Happy 4th of July. Take pride, America! Take pride, FAPAC! This day will be celebrated with great pride and FAPAC will continue to celebrate next month as your FAPAC family invites you to a picnic.


    Olivia F. Adrian
    FAPAC President

  • June 28, 2018 08:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    Serving on the FAPAC National Board of Directors (NBOD) is an opportunity to join other dedicated volunteers in directly contributing to the success of the FAPAC's mission. The leadership and expertise of those elected can help build FAPAC's membership, establish long lasting procedures, implement strategies, and achieve goals to increase diversity and inclusion in the federal workplace.

    FAPAC invites its members to nominate potential FAPAC officers. In accordance with FAPAC Constitution and Bylaws, only regular members in good standing twelve months immediately prior are eligible to be candidates.

    According to the FAPAC Constitution and Bylaws (C&B), an election of Officers, Regional Directors (RD), and Auditor will be held in August 2018. This election will be conducted via Online only. These elected positions are for one term lasting a period of 24 months starting October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2020.

    How to make a Nomination

    1. Review the Eligible Voters and Candidates list. Please pay attention to your membership renewal date (except Lifetime members).  If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the membership committee at
    2. You are reminded to discuss with or encourage your favorite potential candidates and seek their consent in advance before you complete the online nomination form.
    3. You can self-nominate on-line for any position.
    4. Click here to find out more about the Duties of the Positions
    5. Visit to nominate somone

    Points of Contact:

    • For Membership Questions, contact Liz Jung, Membership Chair,;
    • For Constitution and Bylaws Questions, contact Raphael Choi, C&B Chair,;
    • For Chapter Questions, contact Anthony Chu, Chapter Chair,;
    • For Nomination and Election Questions, contact NEC Committee,
      • Parveen Setia, Chair
      • Liqun Wong, Assistant Chair
      • Grace Spence, NEC Member

  • May 01, 2018 12:11 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)
    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) NIH Chapter invites everyone to join the 2018 HHS Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, FAPAC HHS Parklawn Chapter (representing IHS, AHRQ, SAMHSA, and HRSA), USPHS Asian Pacific American Officer Committee, Association of Asian Pacific Islander Employees of CDC and ATSDR, and FDA colleagues. Featured speakers include Ms. Holly Ham, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Dr. Matthew Y.C. Lin, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

    Registration is not required for to view the videocast live at

  • April 07, 2018 11:15 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    FAPAC is proud to announce the Winners of the 2018 Military Meritorious Service Awards!!! Read the Press Release here!!!

  • April 07, 2018 11:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    FAPAC is proud to announce the 2018 Civilian Award Winners! Read the Press Release here!!!

  • April 07, 2018 09:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    FAPAC is proud to announce its 2018 Award Winners!!! Thanks to all the nominees and student applicants! It was a hard decision for the judges with lots of entries! Congratulations to all the winners! The Awards will be presented at this years 33rd National Leadership Training Program!

    Read the Civilian Award Winners Press Release here!

    Read the Military Award Winners Press Release here!

    Read the Scholarship Award Winners Press Release here!

  • January 15, 2018 15:15 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)


    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is now accepting applications for its 2018 Career Development Mentoring Program (CDP). The program begins April 2018 through October 2018. Training sessions will be held in the Washington, DC metro area.

    The CDP is a tuition-free program that offers individual mentoring, professional development, and career counseling for high-performing federal employees. Forty participants will be selected for the 2018 program (20 mentors and 20 mentees).

    Mentoring objectives include:

    • A diverse network of dedicated public servants;
    • Strengthening personal goals and career planning;
    • Leadership training; and
    • Access to career advancement workshops.

    Who May Apply:

    • Current federal employees with permanent career status.
    • Mentee candidates must be GS-13 or lower.
    • Mentor candidates must be GS-14 or higher and 8+ years in federal service.

    Application Requirements:

    Submit completed applications by email to Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and marked “ineligible.”

    For more information, visit or contact 2018 FAPAC Program Chairs Cailine Kim  and Sara Kaul at

  • January 02, 2018 01:02 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    As we wave goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018, I want to thank each of you for volunteering and continuously supporting our mission, promoting organizational development and unity, and cultivating new volunteers to be future leaders. It is with FAPAC Member’s support that we are able to do what we do as a team.

    I would also like to remind us about some important upcoming events that the National Board of Directors (NBOD) along with the National Board of Operations (NBOO) are currently working on for 2018 to ensure we meet the mission of FAPAC:

    • January 19, 2018: Kickoff the first-ever 2018 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program (LSP) to prepare our future Officers;
    • January 20, 2018: Membership Appreciation & Holiday Dinner;
    • March 30, 2018: FinalIze FAPAC Constitution and Bylaws amendments;
    • April 13, 2018: Kickoff Career Development Mentoring Program (CDP) for High Performers;
    • May 14-17, 2018: National Leadership Training Program (NLTP), Sheraton, Pentagon City;
    • June 30, 2018: Leadership Shadowing Program graduation;
    • July 2018: FAPAC Annual Summer Picnic;
    • August 2018: Election of FAPAC Officers, Regional Directors and Auditor;
    • September 30, 2018: end of the term of the current Administration and end of FAPAC operation year
    • October 2018: FAPAC Installation of the newly Elected Officers Term for 2019-2020; 
    • November 9, 2018: 2018 CDP Mentoring Program graduation.

    I am confident with everyone’s assistance that the above events will be successfully accomplished, as a team we can do it!

    Lastly, in 2017, I saw many new volunteers coming forward to help us succeed and tremendously improved our processes. In 2018, I know that we will remain committed to do even better to serve our members and accomplish more for FAPAC.

    As we kickoff 2018, I wish you a safe, prosperous, and happy New Year!


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

  • December 23, 2017 06:07 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    One of my favorite holiday stories is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The visions of Victorian Christmases, delicious seasonal food and drink, warm family gatherings, a festive generosity of spirit, and the transformation of the main character Ebenezer Scrooge really puts things in perspective for me.  As you may recall, Scrooge was visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. 

    These themes remind me of FAPAC’s past, present and future, which the officers and board of directors have been working on assiduously for the past year. It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through our terms.

    As I reflect on the past year and contemplate FAPAC’s future, here are three thoughts:

    1. At the beginning of my term in October 2016, or FAPAC’s past, we had over 600 members. Now we have over 1,800 members.
    2. In the present, we’re already working on recruiting potential officers through the 2018 Leadership Shadowing Program that start on Jan 19, 2018 and setting up our online voting for officer elections in August 2018. Our Career Development Program for 2018 is scheduled to kick off in February 2018. In addition, we are working hard to prepare for FAPAC’s National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) in May 2018. The NLTP will be held at the Sheraton Pentagon City near the Air Force Memorial in Northern Virginia. We’ll need everyone’s assistance to make this the best training event ever.
    3. You may have received notifications about FAPAC’s future in terms of the development of FAPAC’s first ever strategic plan for the next five years. This is our road map to FAPAC’s 5 year successful plan. It’s important that we know where we came from and where we want to go long after my term ends.

    I, for one, feel blessed to be working with the National Board of Directors (NBOD) and the National Board of Operations (NBOO), surrounded by so many dedicated and talented volunteers. I am extremely grateful to be elected President 15 months ago and thankful to you, our members. Together, we can work to transform FAPAC into an organization we can be proud to call our own. Have a joyous holiday season. I look forward to working with each of you in the New Year. I also hope that you make a special effort this holiday season to spend time with those you love and thank them for their presence and role in your life.

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