The Federal Executive Boards bring together senior officials to advance coordination and communication among federal agencies outside of Washington, D.C., and in 2017 these regional boards improved emergency response, workforce development and interagency collaboration in 2017, according to an Office of Personnel Management report released on Feb. 22, 2018.

“Fiscal year 2017 proved to be a very productive year for the boards in a number of important areas. FEBs improved agencies’ emergency preparedness by sponsoring 14 continuity exercises and 47 emergency planning workshops, provided training opportunities to 39,200 federal employees, and supported local Combined Federal Campaign efforts,” said acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan.

“The boards made significant progress in all three of their strategic lines of business and, as a result, contributed to improved government operations.”

There are 28 FEBs located around the country, and among their successes were the Combined Federal Campaign, which raised over $63.7 million in FEB areas; settling more than 256 cases through alternative dispute resolution; and employees donating 19,675 hours of community service, over 460,756 pounds of food and 1,268 units of blood through FEB-sponsored drives.

“For FY2017, FEBs continued to demonstrate that through active membership and leadership coordination, federal agencies reduced duplicative efforts and achieved increased efficiencies. FEBs serve as a valuable resource to advance administration and agency initiatives outside of Washington, D.C.,” the report said.