The FKMC is a vibrant volunteer organization of over 300 members from more than 40 U.S. government agencies. Members are federal employees, contractors who presently work in direct support of members, and employees of selected nonprofit and NGO groups.
FKMC objectives include building a common understanding of the scope and meaning of knowledge management within the federal government as well as developing and replicating methods of sharing, learning and growing knowledge throughout all levels of the federal government.
FKMC members engage in an active community of practice on APAN.org, the DOD’s premier unclassified information sharing and collaboration enterprise.
The FKMC was founded in 2010 by a group of practitioners from the Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Secret Service (USSS).
A charter for the community was developed in 2013, and remains relevant today:
“The FKM Community will bring together guidance on the content, process and technology needed to ensure the Federal Community makes full use of its collective knowledge, experience, and abilities. The Community’s vision is to be a major resource for the Government as it takes greater advantage of its most important resource, the knowledge federal employees have.”
The community continues to grow and mature, with members benefiting from the rich diversity the group brings. FKMC works continuously to bring best and emerging knowledge practices to benefit practitioners and leaders of the federal workplace and looks forward to engaging with new members.
By joining FKMC, current and prospective KM practitioners in the federal government have the opportunity to learn from one another, showcase their KM practices, discover other best and emerging practices, derive more value from existing KM tools, and take advantage of this professional development opportunity at minimal cost to taxpayers.
The Federal KM Community has a diverse membership base with a great deal of variation in KM member roles and needs. Some members are knowledge management advocates, but are not in a formal KM role in their agency. Others have been tasked by their management to implement a KM program and are unsure where to start. Some individuals have been in a KM leadership role for years at their agency, have a lot of lessons learned to share, and are actively interested in sharing their wisdom with those in need. Still others are seeking to learn from some of the academics and experts that speak at member meetings.
As in any community of practice, people get different things out of membership. In a recent member survey, the community was asked the following two questions about being an FKMC member. Here’s what they said:
Why did you join the FKMC?
- I’m standing up a KM practice.
- To learn or hear from other government agencies in the area of KM.
- To network with others in KM.
- To help me prepare a KM policy for my command.
- Mentor KM novices and mid-level KM practitioners.
How have you or your organization benefited from being involved in the FKMC?
- Learning about what other agencies are doing and challenges they are experiencing.
- Discussing similarities and exploring what we could do more, better, or differently.
- I get ideas about different ways to approach KM to find little wins or low-hanging fruit.
- The camaraderie and willingness to share has been amazing.
- Hearing about how others are approaching and applying KM is very beneficial to my role as the Program Manager for the Army KM Proponent.
- Lessons learned and good practices.
- Learning that we are not the only organization that struggles with KM.
Membership in the Federal Knowledge Management Community is limited to federal government employees, select nonprofit and NGO groups and contractors who are presently working in direct support of government clients in order to ensure that the community serves the needs of the federal sector.
In an effort to advance the practice of knowledge management in the federal government, the FKMC meets in person and via Web conference at least quarterly at a member agency and collaborates online between meetings. The online community of practice is called “The Federal Knowledge Management Community.” Access can be granted by following these steps:
- Go to: apan.org
- Select “Request a Community.”
- Complete the APAN Support Ticket.
- In the “Community Name” field, type: “The Federal Knowledge Management Community”
- Site administrators will receive notification of your request via an automated email and will consider the request.
- An administrator sends email notification when membership is approved.
Members receive email notifications of upcoming meetings. Up-to-date meeting information is also available on the FKMC home page. In meetings, FKMC members share knowledge, experience and information; showcase KM practices; learn from guest speakers and technology demonstrations; and pose questions and challenges for group problem-solving.
If you have any questions about membership or benefits, please contact:
Susan Snyder, NASA CKO Office, at 301-837-3918
Turo Dexter, FKMC Convener.
Your meeting and online participation is welcome.