Taking on the High Cost of Childcare

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The cost of childcare often represents a significant portion of an employee’s take-home pay. This is especially true for those with lower incomes. FEEA and our wholly owned subsidiary, FEEA Childcare Services, Inc. (FCCS), partner with nearly twenty federal agencies to administer the Congressionally-authorized childcare subsidy program. FEEA/FCCS supports nearly 700 lower income federal families through this program each year.

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Meet Lizzie*. Lizzie’s mom, Diane*, works as a GS-6 federal employee. She let us know that because of FEEA/FCCS and the childcare subsidy program, she can now afford to send her daughter to a licensed daycare center.  She says she never has to worry about the care Lizzie is receiving and this allows her to focus on her work.

Diane is there every day serving her fellow Americans. FEEA/FCCS is there to help her access safe and enriching childcare for Lizzie.

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*Lizzie and Diane’s names and picture have been changed to protect their privacy.

Congratulations 2016 FEEA Scholarship Recipients!

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FEEA is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 merit-based scholarship program. This year FEEA awarded 365 scholarships, together with our partners. Selected from nearly 3,000 applicants these individuals were chosen for their outstanding academic achievements and community engagement.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

The 2016 awardees hail from 49 states, plus DC, Puerto Rico, and overseas postings. The majority are children of federal employees who serve in 93 federal departments and agencies. A few are also grandchildren, spouses, and federal employees themselves.

This program, and all of FEEA’s programs, are made possible by our generous individual and organizational sponsors who donate and pledge to CFC #11185 each year.

Celebrating the Service of our American Veterans

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Today we celebrate the bravery and service of the 21,000,000 veterans of our armed forces. And approximately one in three current federal civilian employees is also an American veteran. FEEA proudly supports our federal employee veterans along with the rest of the entire federal civilian workforce all throughout the year.

Meet John. John* is a dedicated machinist with the US Army. His wife was recently diagnosed with cancer and is no longer able to work. He was having trouble making ends meet. FEEA helped him with a no-interest loan to cover his utility costs when his other bills were piling up. He repays FEEA each month via a payroll deduction.

John is there every day serving his fellow Americans. FEEA was there for him when he faced a family emergency. By offering no-interest loans, FEEA helps federal employees in crisis avoid payday and high interest loans, defaulting on their debts, and even bankruptcy.

All of FEEA’s programs are made possible by our generous individual and organizational sponsors who donate and pledge to CFC #11185 each year.

*John’s name and photo have been changed to protect his privacy.

FEEA Awards Nearly $500,000 in Scholarships!

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Did you know FEEA and its partners awarded nearly $500,000 in merit-based scholarships this year? The 2016 awardees hail from 49 states, plus DC, Puerto Rico, and overseas postings. The bulk of our more than 350 scholarship recipients are children of federal employees who serve in 93 federal departments and agencies. A few are also grandchildren, spouses, and federal employees themselves.

Meet Nathan. Nathan is a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines, majoring in biomedical engineering, with plans to attend medical school after he graduates. Nathan was also president of his high school National Honor Society and a football player. Nathan’s mom is a dedicated public servant at the Department of Veterans Affairs. FEEA is proud to support Nathan and his family in pursuing his higher education and dreams of becoming a physician.

This program, and all of FEEA’s programs, are made possible by our generous individual and organizational sponsors who donate and pledge to CFC #11185 each year.

FEEA Names Joyce Warner as Executive Director

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joycewarnerFollowing a months-long search to replace outgoing Executive Director Steve Bauer, the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) Board of Directors announced today that it has selected Joyce Warner as FEEA’s next Executive Director. Warner, who currently serves as IREX’s Executive Vice President for Global Programs, will succeed Steve Bauer on October 3, 2016.

“Following an exhaustive search process, I am confident that Ms. Warner is the best candidate to continue FEEA’s strong record of providing critical financial support to America’s dedicated civil servants,” said Robert “Bob” Tobias, chairman of the FEEA Board of Directors. “Ms. Warner’s experience designing and implementing organizational strategy, developing education programs, and leading complex non-profit operations will serve the FEEA community in untold and exciting ways. Ms. Warner’s appointment marks a new era of opportunity for the federal employee community at large. I am confident that Ms. Warner will be an incredible leader of FEEA.”

Prior to Ms. Warner’s appointment as FEEA Executive Director, she oversaw IREX’s Global Programs Group, which includes the Communities & Governance, Education, Leadership, Media & Information, and Youth practices. As Executive Vice President she ensured that the design and implementation of IREX’s programs achieved the greatest possible impact and advanced IREX’s mission and strategy. The Global Programs Group currently has over 300 employees and programming in 100 countries. During Warner’s time at IREX, she led IREX to be named in The Non-Profit Times as one of the “50 Best Non Profits to Work For.”

“I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity to lead an organization focused on protecting the peace-of-mind and wellbeing of this nation’s dedicated civil servants,” said Joyce Warner. “Federal employees are America’s backbone, and given the opportunity to support those that devote their careers in service to the American taxpayer is truly an honor. I look forward to building on Steve’s 27 years of tremendous leadership of FEEA.”

Ms. Warner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Masters of Arts from American University and a Master of Business Administration from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Additionally, she is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). She currently serves as the Board Chair of the City Arts and Prep Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Warner grew up in New York. She and her husband David, an economist with the US Department of Commerce, have three sons. In her free time Joyce enjoys swimming, exploring the greater DC area’s parks and neighborhoods and moderating the Old Town Moms social network she founded in 2003.

Steve Bauer to Retire

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steve-bauerIt is with a mixture of sadness and anticipation that we prepare for the retirement of executive director, Steve Bauer, after 30 years as the driving force behind FEEA. Steve was a founding board member back in 1986 and stepped up to be FEEA’s first ED in 1989. For the last 27 years, his commitment to feds and their families has never wavered. From Hurricane Andrew to Hurricane Katrina, Oklahoma City to 9/11, and all of the shutdowns and furloughs between and since, Steve has led the team that helps federal employees and their families when they need it most.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve the federal sector for my entire adult life – first as a federal employee myself, and then as part of FEEA for the last 30 years. I am deeply committed to ensuring federal employees are taken care of in the moments when it matters most. Keeping a roof over your head, or the heat on in winter, or food on the table for your kids are basic needs we all have, and the men and women serving their country as civilians should not have to worry about meeting them. That’s why FEEA exists. Who knew when this all began that we could look back at over 25,000 federal employees helped. ”

– Steve Bauer

New ED Joyce Warner will join the FEEA team in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2016. Ms. Warner comes to us from IREX’s Global Programs Group, where she serves as Executive Vice President and has extensive experience designing and implementing organizational strategy, developing education programs, and leading complex non-profit operations. The entire staff looks forward to working with Ms. Warner to continue FEEA’s legacy of service to federal families.