President Kennedy established Federal Executive Boards (FEB) on November 10, 1961, to improve internal Federal management practices and to provide a central focus for Federal participation in civic affairs in major metropolitan areas.
Federal Executive Boards are composed of the heads of all Federal Departmental and agency field offices, both civilian and military, located in major metropolitan areas. A Chair and other officers are elected annually from among the membership to provide leadership to the Board’s operation. An Executive Director and Secretary serve in support to the Board. Committees and councils carry out interagency projects consistent with the Board’s mission. The Boards receive overall policy direction from the Office of Personnel management (OPM).
Federal Executive Boards serve as prime means for disseminating information within the Federal Government, for interagency training and for promoting discussion of Federal policies and activities of importance to all Federal Executive in the field. The Board also serves as channels of communication to Washington D.C. on government wide management issues requiring special attention.
Federal Executive Boards have been designated by Presidential action for 28 metropolitan areas. These are: Albuquerque -Santa Fe, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Houston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas- Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu-Pacific, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, and the Twin Cities.
The Atlanta FEB has over 130 members representing more that 44,000 Federal employees in the Atlanta area.