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Vice President's Message: Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year!
By KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, FEIAA Vice President, P382


We hope that 2019 will bring you much happiness, health, and great fulfillment in all your personal and professional endeavors. We at the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA) look forward to offering you a year full of interesting activities and meaningful opportunities to support your leadership development.

We are happy to share with you our newly developed FEIAA Value Proposition for 2019. According to Wikipedia, a value proposition is a promise that value that will be delivered, communicated, and acknowledged. It is also a belief on the part of the customer of how value (i.e., benefit) will be delivered, experienced, and acquired. Over the past several months, FEIAA has been developing its own value proposition, and now we want to share it with our members:

FEIAA is the member-led alumni association of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). Our diverse members include Federal professionals from throughout the United States. FEIAA members take advantage of our educational resources, professional networks, and training opportunities to continue their post-FEI advancement toward executive leadership and contributing to a democratic society. Our online and face-to-face activities and resources include a state-of-the art interactive website, the e-newsletter Executive Summary, the monthly webinar series, the annual Executive Forum, and many professional and social networking opportunities throughout the year. Join us so you can rekindle the FEI passion and ambition to make a difference as you journey on your leadership path.

The Board of Directors invites you to comment on the above value proposition so that it fully reflects your aspirations for your FEIAA experiences. One of our goals this year is to increase our members’ engagement by soliciting your input whenever possible. Your opinions and suggestions will help us better meet your professional development interests and needs. We hope that you will take time to share your input and comments on our value proposition and to participate in occasional surveys and queries during the year.



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In September 2018, Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA) President Peter Duklis signed an official MOU partnership agreement with Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association. We are thrilled to begin a partnership with the Senior Executives Association (SEA). 



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Making Your List of New Year’s Resolutions
A time-honored tradition is to begin a new year by making resolutions. Below are some highly recommended resolutions for leaders—you can tailor them to your specific personal context, but be sure to write them down.



Wreaths Across America
The FEIAA Executive Board would like to thank everyone who participated in Wreaths Across America on December 15 to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.




Class Notes:
From Charlottesville to Prague—The Vaclav Havel Library and the FEI Aspen Institute
Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Prague for the first time. Among the many must-see points of interest that I had identified prior to the trip was the library of Vaclav Havel, a former Czech president who passed away in 2011.



Fed Facts:
New Tax Rules*
Employees should check their withholding at the beginning of each year or when their personal circumstances change. It’s important for people to review whether they’re having the right amount of tax withheld from their paychecks.





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