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Blacks In Government

Thanks for Thinking BIG

Representing the Interests of African Americans in the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


George Duncan 


1st vice President

Barbara J Fludd-Hawkins


2nd Vice President

Kisha Clark



Kenneth A. Keys


Assistant Treasurer

John Townes



Theodora F Guardado-Gallegos 


Assistant Secretary

Lanetha Neal


Membership Chair

Shirley Jones


Diversity Council Rep

John Townes



Chair—Rochelle Bryant 

Newsletter Cheryl Harris

Historian—Oscar Mardis

Social Media—Najeema Washington


Region XI Reps

Rochelle Bryant 

Shirley Jones

Kenneth A. Key

Lanetha Neal Alt


Region XI Council


Shirley Jones


     Rochelle Bryant

Financial Secretary Kenneth A. Key

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Presidential Greeting


The GAO-USACE Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) is dedicated to representing the interests of African Americans in GAO and the USACE. The representation of our members from mission and mission support organizations in each agency provides us with a broad perspective of employment issues. At GAO, the work of our chapter has helped to shape employment policies and practices at GAO, and was a significant factor in the initiation of a 2008 study by the Ivy Group of performance disparities between African American analyst staff and analysts of other racial groups in GAO.


BIG GAO-USACE President’s Message


First I would like to thank each of you for all your help and support you have given me since I took office just over a month ago. I am truly blessed to have taken over a successful chapter where all our members work together and resolve our differences in a productive manner. A chapter that is fiscally sound with a history of officers that have been excellent stewards of our member’s dues and other resources generated from fundraising efforts. A chapter that has designed and implemented one of GAO’s most well known and well respected community events and a chapter where current members have worked with and testified to Congress on inequality at GAO. To be plain and simple I have been given a gift I don’t have to fix any problems I can focus on the future and that is what I intend to do. That being said I would like to discus my vision for the future and announce my selections for standing committee Chairs. My vision for our chapter is outlined in three goals (1) Advocacy, (2) Community Service, and (3) Professional Development. Below I have listed my ideas on how we can achieve these goals, our committees’ responsibilities, and our leadership

Thanks for Thinking BIG

”BIG Voices Newsletter

The BIG Voices 2014 Spring edition is now available. If you have ideas for articles or would like to submit an article for the newsletter, please contact our Newsletter Managers, Doris Bishop or Cheryl Harris. 

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