William R. Dougan
        National President


William R. (Bill) Dougan assumed the office of NFFE National President in June of 2009 and was elected to serve another term in October of 2012. A dedicated unionist and 31-year member of the National Federation of Federal Employees, he has served in a number of leadership positions at the Local, Council and National levels.


Throughout his tenure as National President, Dougan has played a key policymaking role in a number of governmental and non-profit forums. As a founder and the elected Chairman of the Federal Workers Alliance, he leads the collective effort of 22 unions representing over 300,000 federal employees in shaping government-wide workforce policy. As an appointed member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, Dougan has worked with top administration and agency officials to build strong labor-management forums at federal agencies. Dougan also serves on a number of other federal and non-profit groups, such as the Employee Thrift Advisory Council, the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, and the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health.


Internally, President Dougan has overseen the revitalization of the union’s organizing and communications strategies. Under his leadership, these efforts have markedly increased the union’s membership. He has committed a great deal of time and resources to rebranding the union through effective communication with current and future members. Promoting a mixed strategy that utilizes traditional and new media, modern promotional materials, and multi-faceted employee outreach, Dougan has expanded the union’s voice to new individuals and forums nationwide.


As NFFE National Secretary-Treasurer from 2007-2009, Dougan took innovative measures to get the union's financial house in order, overseeing the cleaning up of the backlog in membership records, and instituting changes to accounting and financial records which vastly improved NFFE's financial health. He also steered the union through the untimely loss of its beloved former President, Richard N. Brown.


Earlier, Dougan served over 4 years as President of NFFE's Forest Service Council, which represents approximately 95 Forest Service Locals with over 30,000 permanent and seasonal bargaining unit members. With a focus on membership growth, training of union officials, and lobbying, the Forest Service Council became the largest in NFFE. Within the halls of the Senate and House, the Forest Service Council became established as a respected advocate for issues important to those it serves. During this time he also served as the union team leader on the negotiations of the Forest Service national collective bargaining agreement, also known as a “Master Agreement,” which is often recognized as one of the best in the federal sector.


Dougan began his federal career in 1976 as a temporary employee with the National Park Service.  He then worked for the Forest Service as a firefighter and tree planter, and became a permanent employee (and NFFE member) in 1979.  He worked as a forester on National Forests in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.  He served as President of Local 454 on the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon and as President of Local 251 on the Tongass National Forest in Sitka, Alaska. He retired from the Forest Service in 2007 after a 30-year career. 


Dougan was born November 20, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA.  He is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management, and has completed graduate studies at Oregon State University, Washington State University, and the University of Washington.  He and his wife, Libby, have four sons.

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   William D. Fenaughty
  National Secretary-Treasurer



William Fenaughty was unanimously appointed to the office of National Secretary-Treasurer by NFFE’s National Executive Council in July of 2009 and was elected to serve another term in October of 2012. A 34 year veteran of the federal workforce at the Watervliet Arsenal and nearly 30-year union member, Fenaughty holds extensive representational experience as both a local and national union officer.


As National Secretary-Treasurer, Fenaughty has overseen two consecutive years of budget surpluses, guiding the union to sustained financial well-being. In October of 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the Federal Salary Council, an advisory board that makes recommendations to the President's Pay Agent on locality pay adjustments and surveys. He has also led the charge to transition all NFFE Locals to Electronic Fund Transfer, a system which allows Locals to maintain and receive their finances faster and easier.


Prior to assuming the office of Secretary-Treasurer, Fenaughty worked as National Assistant Directing Business Representative (ADBR) from 2002-2009, a position in which he led NFFE’s Business Representatives through a prosperous period of growth in both union membership and influence. As ADBR, Fenaughty successfully negotiated countless collective bargaining agreements for Locals from a wide variety of agencies, conducted national and local steward/officer trainings, and lobbied extensively on federal workforce issues. From 1998-2000, Fenaughty also served as NFFE National Region 1 Vice President.


At the Local level, William Fenaughty served as President of NFFE Local 2109, Watervliet Arsenal, in Watervliet, New York from 1998-2000. A tireless advocate for thousands of Arsenal employees, he was also the Local’s Chief Steward for nearly seven years prior to his election as President.


Before joining the civilian federal workforce in 1973, Fenaughty served in the United States Navy from 1964-1968. He was also a long time member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving for 25 years until his retirement in 1990.


A longtime resident of Castleton, New York, he was born in New York City before moving upstate. He attended SUNY at Albany and is a graduate of the National Labor College, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies.


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