Monday, December 19, 2011

Good News for AsAm Government workers

[A] Exec. Order 11246 Doesn't Cover AsAm Federal workers
   Remember the diagram below that shows Asian Ams facing the lowest glass ceilings in private industries, universities and the federal government?

   Through 80-20's effort, the Obama Administration has agreed in writing to remove the glass ceiling against us in private industries and universities (but NOT in federal government) by enforcing Exec. Order 11246 for Asian Ams.  Note that E.O. 11246 applies to "government contractors and subcontractors" only. The federal government is not its own contractors or subcontractors.

[B] Good News
   A few months ago, Chris Lu was named a co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) together with Sec. of Education Arne Duncan. Since then there seems to be concrete actions coming from that initiative. Here is one to break the glass ceiling against Asian Am federal workers.

         New SES (Senior Executive Service) Development Program
The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) is sponsoring a new SES Development Program with participation by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), . . . The program will be offered at NO COST to selected candidates and their respective agencies. Selected candidates are expected to commit time to the program. Successful candidates must obtain permission from their agency to participate and an agreement from their agency to cover any travel-related costs. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. A selection panel consisting of members of AAGEN, WHIAAPI, and OPM will review all qualified applications and select up to 20 highly motivated candidates for the class commencing in March, 2012. To be considered, candidates must apply online via . . . .

   80-20 is NOT a part of that program. But we are absolutely delighted to see such a concrete action taken. In 80-20's questionnaire to 2012 presidential candidates, 80-20 has also emphasized that point. See Q2 in its questionnaire:
   (Q2) If elected, will you issue an Executive Order asking the federal agencies to promote qualified Asian Americans to Senior Executive Service so that Asian Americans will have an equal opportunity to reach the SES level relative to the national average, up from the current egregiously low 33%?

[C] I Got What I Wanted for Christmas
   Yesterday, my two granddaughters each handed me $15 to join 80-20 as Student members. Happiness! :) :)

[D] Want 80-20 PAC to serve you?
   Unfortunately, 80-20 is still headed towards dissolution. With 12 more days to go, 80-20 still needs 300 more members to DOUBLE & serve on.

   Join 80-20. Using a credit card, go to Or send
your check to      80-20 PAC    13337 South St. #189    Cerritos, CA 90703.
Sudent $15; Basic $35; Family $50 or Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully yours,
SB who has volunteered for 12 yrs for 80-20 and given $100,000 .