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May 2013

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Volume 1, Issue 3


Message from the Board Room

AAGEN SES Development Program

AAGEN Leadership Workshop and Banquet

Did You Know? The STOCK Act

Message from the Board Room

Thomas Phan, Chairman


Dear AAGEN Colleagues,


Your Board of Directors and numerous Committee volunteers have been working diligently to plan this year's Leadership Development Training Workshop and Award Banquet.  Despite this year's budget and fiscal uncertainties, we expect another successful event where our many constituents will learn how to improve their leadership capabilities and career potential.  Following the workshop we will be honoring Terry Shima and Grant Ichikawa with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award,  Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth with the Outstanding Public Service Award, and Ms. Sharon Wong with the Stanley Suyat Memorial Leadership Award.  Please help publicize both events through your own personal network and as an additional benefit of being an AAGEN member, if you bring two non-members with you to the workshop, you will receive a discounted price for the workshop ($150) and your recruits will pay the member price and they will receive free AAGEN membership for a year.  Please email membership@aagen.org with the names of the 3 participants after all have registered and paid. Workshop and banquet registration can be found at our website www.aagen.org.  Thank you for supporting our twenty years of public service.
Thomas Phan, Chair


AAGEN SES Development Program

Tin Cao, SES Development Program Director

On May 26, 2013, AAGEN held a graduation for its inaugural SESDP class and welcomed the second class at the Capitol Hill Visitor Center.  The inaugural class underwent a year-long training program which consisted of leadership training, Executive Core Qualifications review, participation in the AAGEN Leadership Conference, media training, and mock interview with panel of career SES.  In addition, all candidates participated in the AAGEN SES Mentoring program.  AAGEN is pleased to announce that one member of the class has been promoted into the SES rank.  The make-up of the second class is much more diverse with many new agencies being represented.  Their training program will start with the AAGEN Leadership Workshop on June 6, 2013. 


“I am honored to work with a very talented group of senior Government employees.” said Tin Cao, Director of the SES Development Program.

AAGEN Leadership Workshop and Banquet

Daud Santosa, Conference Program Coordinator

Do you want to start or boost your government career, get promoted, or become a successful leader?   AAGEN is pleased to announce its annual Leadership Workshop and Banquet, to be held on June 6, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City in Arlington, VA. This workshop provides a variety of valuable learning opportunities with senior executives who will share their expertise and tips on how to manage your professional career and prepare you for a fulfilling future in public service.


AAGEN’s mission is to promote, expand, and inspire future and current leaders.  We want to help you to achieve the highest levels of government service.  Come to our conference to be inspired and motivated by speakers, coaches, sponsors and other distinguished guests.  We hope to see you there.  


Did You Know? The STOCK Act

This article was republished with permission from the Senior Executive Association

www.seniorexecs.org   202.927.7000


April 12, 2013. After a more than year-long effort, SEA has been successful in its efforts to terminate the internet posting requirement contained in the STOCK Act. Shortly before 1:00 p.m. the House passed S. 716 by unanimous consent, stopping the provision from taking effect. 


Passed in early 2012, the STOCK Act required the financial disclosure forms of senior level career employees to be posted on the internet in a searchable, sortable database.


SEA strongly opposed the provision and quickly set up a coalition of other federal employee organizations whose members were affected by the provision, including the American Foreign Service Association, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, FAA Managers Association, and the Assembly of Scientists, to work on building support in Congress to repeal the internet posting requirement.


SEA was fortunate to have allies in Congress who pushed to three times delay, and then to finally end, the internet posting requirement. These allies included Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Steny Hoyer (D-MD),  Jim Moran (D-VA), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), former Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).


Although other provisions of the STOCK Act remain intact, including the periodic transaction reporting requirement, Senior Executives no longer have to worry about their financial disclosure forms being posted on the web.

Repealing the internet posting requirement was a top priority for SEA. Without SEA’s leadership and efforts on this issue, financial disclosure data would have been posted last year.  Please tell your colleagues it’s time to support SEA and join today.   

This is a great victory and SEA thanks all of its members for their support and for sharing their stories to provide us with information to fight against this ill-advised provision.


Reflections: Understanding Life in Public Service

Marla Hendriksson


Challenging yet hopeful. That is how I would describe my experience so far, less than six months into the Senior Executive Service. My duties and responsibilities require me to muster skill sets that I have throughout my federal career, including strategic thinking, relationship building, decision making and accountability at the highest level, to benefit the greatest good and mitigate the greatest risks facing the government in these challenging times. 

My agency is the federal government's leading authority on behavioral health and is charged with reducing the impact of behavioral health issues and I am the lead for my agency's communications and public affairs.  It is a challenge to help the public overcome their fear and be open to understanding behavioral health as a public health issue. Likewise, it is an opportunity to raise awareness on mental illness and begin a national dialogue to come up with policies and programs to address these issues. Despite the intensity and long work hours, I am thriving because my work is truly purposeful. When my boss asked me how I was doing so far, I replied, "I may be working like a dog but I feel like a pig rolling in chocolate!" 

Reflecting on my 2013 so far, I am grateful for so many things. I am grateful that my superiors took a chance on grooming a GS-15 for the SES.  I am grateful to have access to over 70 mentors through AAGEN's network of Asian and Pacific Islander senior executives, and access to their networks if needed. AAGEN selected me for their inaugural SES Development Program and matched me with an excellent mentor who coached me in preparing for the SES. As a result, I secured a position three months before graduating from the program. 

Now more than ever, there is a greater need to serve the public. My experience has taught me that the call to public service is urgent, and leadership is paramount.  Why are you in public service?


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