Friday, January 22, 2016

FCN Free Training: Developing a Communications Plan for the Year Ahead

Developing a Communications Plan for the Year Ahead

Please join the Federal Communicators Network and the Partnership for Public Service on Friday, February 5 for a conversation on how to develop a strategic communications plan for your agency.
In addition to external communications, agencies must effectively convey messages internally. By planning for this in advance, agencies can distribute content to their employees and demonstrate the value of their work and input. The session will begin with a thorough overview of an evidence-based communication planning model. Participants will then divide into a breakout group of their choice to draft a high-level communication plan for one of two topics that affect all agencies. Discover how to solve communications challenges within your agency and start 2016 with a strong communications strategy.

Please contact Katie Koziara at or (202) 464-3094 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at this event.


Jeff Brooke
Principal, Organizational Communication & Change Management
The MITRE Corporation

Event Details

The Partnership for Public Service
1100 New York Ave NW
Suite 200 East
Washington, DC 20005

Friday, February 5
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Presentation and Discussion
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Planning session for an internal communications challenge 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Welcome FCN 2016 Leadership Team!

by Debra Harris (HHS) and Cori Bassett (ICE), FCN 2015 co-chairs


As we ring in a new year, please join me in thanking the 2015 FCN leadership team for their service. They have put forth a great deal of effort on your behalf last year, and we’ve all benefited from their work. Thank you, Britt, Lisa, Aubrey, Suki, Bernetta, and Latasha!

We welcomed 123 people to the list-serv, bringing us to 848 members. Hundreds attended FCN training events in the form of webinars we hosted with the help of GSA’s DigitalGov University and in-person events at the Partnership for Public Service. We co-hosted and international webinar with our partners in UK’s Government Communication Service, Canada’s Communications Community Office. At three social events throughout the year more than 120 came out to meet fellow communicators. The FCN blog published several stories from members and our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts welcomed new followers throughout the year. Many thanks for asking good questions, attending our events and supporting the gov community of communicators. We look forward to your continued interest in 2016. And, the big news to share…

Welcome to your 2016 Leadership Team!

  • Aubrey McMahan, U.S. Geological Survey -- FCN Chair
  • Ethan Alpern, Department of Energy -- Vice-chair
  • Tamara Blount, Department of Homeland Security -- Secretary/Administrative Coordinator
  • Monique Roberts, National Institutes of Health -- Social Media Coordinator
  • John Donovan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Blog/Website Coordinator
  • Jeannine Hunter, General Services Administration/18F -- Membership Development Coordinator (pending agency approval)
  • Christine Stevenson, Department of Health and Human Services -- Training/Workshop Coordinator
  • Lisa Chesnel, Department of Agriculture -- External Relations and Outreach Coordinator

Be on the lookout for open registration to the 1st training event coming up on Feb 5th. Keep abreast of all FCN activity by checking our website frequently.

Happy new year!