Standard Paragraphs for Publications

STANDARD PARAGRAPHS ABOUT FEW and FEW’S PROGRAMS

Background:

The Publications Policy and Review Committee (PPRC) undertook the task of developing text (standard paragraphs) describing FEW and our focus areas. FEW members and officers often need to provide descriptive information about FEW in variety of publications such as, (agency newsletters, Chapter brochures and flyers, community newspapers, training justification, radio spots, etc.).    To assist our membership, here are descriptive words of FEW’s programs in three levels 50, 100 and 200 word paragraphs.

About FEW ~ Membership ~ Compliance ~ Diversity ~ Legislative ~ Training

ABOUT FEW

50 WORDS (actual 50)

Federally Employed Women (FEW) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after the issuance of Executive Order 11375 that added “sex” to the prohibited discriminations within the federal government. FEW is a membership organization working exclusively to end sex discrimination and towards the advancement of women in federal service.

100 WORDS (actual 104)

Federally Employed Women (FEW) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after the issuance of Executive Order 11375 that added “sex” to the prohibited discriminations within the federal government. FEW works to end sex discrimination and towards the advancement of women in federal service by

  • encouraging diversity and equity in the workplace
  • enhancing career opportunities
  • establishing and maintaining relationships with organizations to advocate the fair application of laws, policies, procedures and practices
  • improving the quality of life for women by influencing legislative actions
  • committing to maintain a unified and diverse membership and
  • providing opportunities for professional growth.

200 WORDS (actual 199)

FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after the government issued Executive Order 11375 that added “sex” to the list of prohibited discrimination within the federal government. Although Executive Order 11375 was an important milestone, women were concerned the Civil Service Commission and individual agencies may not put forth a vigorous effort to ensure compliance with the order. Although the Federal Women’s Program (FWP) had been established, early organizers of FEW realized the government could dismantle the FWP and wanted to ensure that there would always be an organization dedicated to promoting equality for women and addressing concerns of women in the federal workforce. Additionally, because the FWP is a government function, it is limited in its political scope and cannot lobby Congress. As a private organization, FEW is not restricted in that area.

FEW works as an advocacy group to improve the status of women in the federal government. This includes contact with Congress to encourage progressive legislation. FEW National Officers meet with agency management officials at all levels to demonstrate support of the FWP, encourage officials to support the program and to obtain insight into the effectiveness of the FWP at agency and local levels.

MEMBERSHIP

50 WORDS (actual 53)

Membership is open to any person who supports the mission and purpose of FEW upon payment of dues. FEW’s membership consists primarily of people employed or retired from the federal government and active or retired government contractors. All members join through local Chapters. Membership is defined as regular, honorary, lifetime or diamond lifetime.

100 WORDS (actual 101)

Membership in FEW is open to any person who supports the mission and purpose of FEW upon payment of dues. FEW’s membership consists primarily of people employed or retired from the federal government and active or retired government contractors. All members join through local Chapters. The organization is divided into three tiers: National, Regional and Chapters, with 10 Regions and over 100 Chapters. The National Board of Directors establishes National dues. Chapters and Regions may assess their own dues. Membership is defined as regular, honorary, lifetime, or diamond lifetime. Lifetime membership is an available option after three consecutive years of membership.

200 WORDS (actual 210)

Membership in FEW is open to any person who supports the mission and purpose of FEW upon payment of dues. FEW’s membership consists primarily of people employed by or retired from the federal government and active or retired government contractors. All members join through local Chapters. The organization is divided into three tiers: National, Regional, and Chapters, with 10 Regions and over 100 Chapters. The National Board of Directors establishes national dues.  Chapters and Region may assess their own dues. As a grassroots organization, FEW’s vitality and effectiveness are directly linked to membership. Membership is defined as regular, honorary, lifetime, or diamond lifetime. Lifetime membership is an available option after three consecutive years of membership. Lifetime members may opt to upgrade to diamond lifetime status for an additional fee.

Members are encouraged to:

• become familiar with FEW’s goals and objectives,
• attend meetings and participate in Chapter activities,
• become familiar with FEW’s Legislative Agenda,
• meet with their legislators to educate them on FEW’s position,
• keep abreast of issues affecting women and federal employees,
• respond to action alerts by communicating with legislators,
• register and vote in local, state and national elections, and
• participate in training in the program areas of compliance, diversity and legislation.

COMPLIANCE

50 WORDS (actual 55)

FEW’s compliance activities involve acquiring federal workforce information and data to determine conformance with laws and statutory civil rights protections involving Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. FEW also works with agencies to ensure that weaknesses in existing laws surface and are remedied, to monitor progress in achieving goals and to assist in developing solutions.

100 WORDS (actual 95)

FEW’s compliance activities allow us to acquire information and data to determine conformance and to work toward ensuring that weakness in the application of existing laws surface and are remedied. The Compliance Program complements FEW’s legislative mission to endorse the concerns and interests of women in the federal workforce and to present them to the legislative bodies. Ideally, Compliance Program activities should serve as a catalyst for input/changes to FEW’s National Legislative Agenda. More importantly, FEW’s Compliance Program serves as a means for awareness of government performance with the Congressional intent to ensure Equal Opportunity.

200 WORDS (actual 205)

Federally Employed Women has a close working relationship with federal departments and agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board and the Department of Labor.

The FEW Compliance Program monitors progress made by the federal government in achieving equal employment opportunity as evidenced by adherence with statutory civil rights protections, including but not limited to the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Age Discrimination in the Employment Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Federal employees who feel discriminated against should contact their EEO Office and are entitled to see an EEO Counselor to discuss their concerns. Counselors will share information about the complaint process, including time limits involved in the process, and will assist in filing a complaint if one or more types of discrimination has occurred, e.g., race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age and/or disability.

FEW members and non-members who feel discrimination has occurred may also contact FEW’s Vice President for Compliance. Members are encouraged to visit the Members-Only section of FEW’s website for information on our partnership with Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux, and Roth PC for consultations.

DIVERSITY

50 WORDS (actual 50)

FEW’s Diversity Program develops strategies to identify and eliminate barriers within the federal government and seeks to expand the notion of cultural groups beyond the categories protected by law and regulation to include socioeconomic status, body-size diversity and family composition. FEW’s National Training Program offers and conducts diversity training annually.

100 WORDS (actual 98)

FEW’s Diversity Program develops strategies to identify and eliminate barriers within the federal government. FEW examines the demographics of the workforce according to age, race, sex, ethnic background, religious affiliation, disability and sexual orientation and seeks to expand the notion of cultural groups beyond the categories protected by law and regulation to include socioeconomic status, body-size diversity and family composition. Diversity relates to Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity legislation but strives to exceed the mandates of the employment laws. FEW’s philosophy regarding diversity is all about results. FEW’s National Training Program offers and conducts diversity training annually.

200 WORDS (actual 200)

FEW’s Diversity Program develops strategies to identify and eliminate barriers within the federal government and examines demographics of the workforce according to age, race, sex, ethnic background, religious affiliation, disability and sexual orientation. Beyond those protected by law and regulation, FEW seeks to expand the notion of cultural groups to include socioeconomic status, body-size diversity and family composition. Diversity relates to Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity legislation but strives to exceed the mandates of the employment laws. FEW’s philosophy regarding diversity is all about results.

FEW believes, if when willingness and commitment work together, cultural biases can be overcome and diversity becomes a strength as we pursue common goals of opportunity and equality for women in government. Reasons to value diversity are to:

  • prevent negative assumptions about racial and ethnic community groups
  • prevent gender stereotypes
  • eliminate communication barriers
  • prevent intercultural conflicts
  • articulate the similarities and differences among cultures
  • eliminate “organizational norms” which legitimize negative assumptions about people
  • eliminate culture in/out groups
  • increase organizational effectiveness
  • promote employee harmony and
  • value individuality.

FEW conducts diversity training designed to help participants understand their perception of others and, conversely, how others perceive them.

LEGISLATIVE

50 WORDS (actual 51)

FEW develops and maintains a dynamic Legislative Program at the National, Regional and Chapter levels, working in concert with FEW’s mission and goals of representing federally employed women’s concerns and interests before legislative and judicial bodies. FEW’s legislative agenda is developed and prioritized at the beginning of each session of Congress.

100 WORDS (actual 98)

FEW develops and maintains a dynamic Legislative Program at the National, Regional and Chapter levels, working in concert with FEW’s mission and goals of representing federally employed women’s concerns and interests before legislative and judicial bodies.

Chapters and members’ legislative activities are geared toward FEW’s Legislative Agenda that coincides with each two-year Congressional session and is based on the following three tiers;

  • Tier I issues are considered of utmost importance to female federal workers.
  • Tier II issues have an impact on all federal employees, regardless of gender.
  • Tier III issues affect women as a class.

200 WORDS (actual 203)

FEW develops and maintains a dynamic Legislative Program at the National, Regional and Chapter levels, working in concert with FEW’s mission and goals of representing federally employed women’s concerns and interests before legislative and judicial bodies.

FEW supports the premise that analysis of proposed legislation designed to eliminate discrimination against women employed in government should receive top priority. However, it is increasingly important to support legislation that affects the status of women as a class, whether or not federally employed.

FEW’s National Legislative Agenda is designed to be the guiding force behind the organization’s public policy activities and coincides with each two-year Congressional session.

  • Tier I issues are considered of utmost importance to female federal workers. FEW gives priority attention to these areas by initiating legislative actions, monitoring specific legislation and educating its members about Congressional activities in these areas.
  • Tier II issues have an impact on all federal employees, regardless of gender. FEW works towards progressive policy benefits for all federal government employees in these areas.
  • Tier III issues affect women as a class. FEW is bound with other women in all walks of life and, therefore, is interested in those issues that impact all women as a class.

TRAINING

50 WORDS (actual 51)

The educational policy of FEW is to establish and maintain training through the:

  • research and development of appropriate programs and materials and
  • promotion of effective use of such programs and materials.

FEW’s continuing commitment to career development and leadership training supports programs at the National, Regional and Chapter levels.

100 WORDS (actual 107)

FEW conducts training at the National, Regional and Chapter levels. The objectives are to:

  • increase employees’ knowledge of federal systems, rules and regulations under which they work
  • help members acquire knowledge of basic and advanced career development and planning techniques
  • enhance personal effectiveness and awareness of broader issues that impact women and
  • support and assist in the training of Federal Women’s Program Managers.

FEW conducts a variety of training programs geared towards the needs of the specific level of the organization responsible for planning and conducting the training. FEW has a continuing commitment to ensure all individuals have equal access to training opportunities.

200 WORDS (actual 203)

FEW conducts a variety of training programs geared to the needs of the specific level of the organization responsible for planning and conducting the training. Chapters provide initial orientation training to new members in four emphasis areas within one year of their membership.

  • Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Complaints Process
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Legislative Process

Regions offer training in the emphasis areas at Regional Training Programs and/or at a Regional orientation for new members.

FEW’s National Training Program, conducted each year in July, is FEW’s premiere training event and offers a multitude of training topics ranging from skill-building and career development to leadership training and supervisory and management techniques and from general personnel policies to specific procedures relating to sex discrimination and sexual harassment. This event also provides a unique networking opportunity for federal employees across the country.

FEW has a continuing commitment to ensure all individuals have equal access to training opportunities and to provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in all FEW-sponsored training.

National Officers are always available to act as resources regarding the interpretation of National policy, to serve as trainers and to participate in discussions with others regarding FEW’s training programs.