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The Federal Executive Boards (FEB's) were established in 1961 by a Presidential Directive to improve coordination among Federal activities and programs outside Washington. The need for effective coordination among the field activities of Federal departments and agencies was then, and is still, very clear. Approximately 88 percent of all Federal employees work outside the national capital area. Decisions affecting the expenditure of billions of dollars are made in the field. 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 contact of the Federal Government with the citizens of this country.
Originally 10 FEBs were created in major centers of Federal activity to serve as field level organizational structures comprised of the highest level official of each Federal agency. South Florida was added to the FEB Program on August 13, 1969. Additional Boards were subsequently added, and there are now 28 FEBs located throughout the country. Federal Executive Boards report to the President through the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
View a copy of President Barack Obama's message honoring the FEBs' 50 years of service.