Federal executive boards in 2017 continued their focus on emergency preparedness and other security-related issues, along with workforce development and support and intergovernmental relations, their annual report shows.
The 28 boards nationwide seek to coordinate policies and improve communications among different federal agencies in a region and to achieve savings by sharing resources. They also manage the Combined Federal Campaign charity drive and sponsor events such as food drives, blood drives and outreach to schools to tutor students and promote federal careers.
In 2017, they: hosted 14 emergency preparedness exercises with over 1,000 participants, plus 47 workshops with over 1,700 participants; provided training opportunities to more than 41,000 employees; sponsored alternative dispute resolution-type programs that resulted in settlements of more than 250 cases; and supported initiatives to combat the opioid crisis, improve data security, promote employee wellness and increase sustainability in federal buildings, among others.
Security and emergency-related programs included active shooter awareness training, anthrax attack preparedness, and emergency response exercises; employee training included financial planning, leadership development, rotational assignments, employee recognition programs, and targeted outreach to veterans and persons with disabilities in agency recruiting.