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    Frequently Asked Questions::Can an agency grant an award to a private citizen?

    Can an agency grant an award to a private citizen?

    It may be possible to recognize the contributions of private citizens to the Government, but it would not be done under the awards programs authorized by chapter 45 of title 5, United States Code. The awards statute in title 5 only authorizes granting awards to and recognition of Federal employees. An agency head may have other general authorizations and access to other funds for the accomplishment of the agency's mission that might be accessible for the recognition of private citizens who have made significant contributions to the completion of the agency's mission or the improvement of the Government.

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