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Frequently Asked Questions Performance Management

What are informal recognition awards?

Informal recognition awards are a type of award that may be given to recognize performance that, taken alone, does not merit a larger award, such as cash, time-off, or an honorary award. Agencies are finding that they can effectively and efficiently achieve many of the goals of a recognition and incentive award program by providing more frequent, timely, and informal recognition of employees and group contributions.
Informal recognition awards must meet the following criteria:

The item must be of nominal value.
The item must take an appropriate form to be used in the public sector and to be purchased with public funds.

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