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Welcome to our governmentwide awards calendar. It describes award programs sponsored by a variety of Federal and non-Federal organizations. The programs described in this calendar differ from those operated by Federal agencies only for their own employees. The programs listed in this calendar are open to employees from all Federal agencies. Federal employees seeking information about award programs designed only for their own agencies should consult their respective servicing human resources offices.
We include descriptions, nomination deadlines, web addresses, and contacts for each award. Awarding organizations will continue to issue individual announcements to solicit nominations and announce specific deadlines. For further information about these award programs, please phone or email the contact name we provide, or visit the award program's web site, if available.
If your organization operates a governmentwide award program that you would like to include on our list, please email us at email@example.com.
Two notes of caution:
We have determined that agencies' participation in non-Federally sponsored honor award programs that have age or gender as selection criteria do not violate Federal statutes. However, we caution agencies not to consider the nomination or selection of their employees for those specific awards in making subsequent promotion or other decisions.
Agencies should not nominate an employee for an award nor permit his or her acceptance of an award sponsored by any private organization having interests that may be substantially affected by the performance or non-performance of the employee's official duties.
The General Services Administration through its Federal Acquisition Institute established an Acquisition Rewards and Recognition Program, to increase the visibility of innovative acquisition processes and to improve the sharing of information about successful practices. This is a governmentwide recognition program that publicly acknowledges the best and brightest in the acquisition workforce.
Due: Nomination deadline varies by awardsContact: Varies by awardsView Website
To recognize excellence in federal planning, the American Planning Association (APA) Federal Planning Division (FPD) sponsors this award. FPD has the following six award categories:
Nominations must pertain to Federal installations, programs, or properties. Any interested party may submit a nomination. FPD membership is not required for nomination.
Due: January of each yearContact: Dan Castle, 716-684-8060Email: firstname.lastname@example.org View Website
To accord national recognition for leadership or outstanding achievement in developing, implementing, and improving financial management in Government service in the past year. Nominees must have been employed in Government service in the past year. They do not have to be members of the Association of Government Accountants.
Due: March of each yearContact: Sebrina Bridgers, 1-800-242-7211Email: email@example.comView Website
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To formally recognize Government employees who have demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership and notable contributions to financial management, and to encourage increased interest, growth, development, and distinctive leadership in the field of financial management. The individual nominated must have been employed in Government service at the time the work being recognized was performed. They do not have to be members of the Association of Government Accountants.
Due: March of each yearContact: Sebrina Bridgers, 1-800-242-7211Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView Website
Sponsored by the D.C. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to give public recognition to career lawyers who have performed outstanding work; to stimulate the interest of the public and the legal profession in the diversified opportunities and responsibilities of career lawyers; and to encourage a high standard of performance by career lawyers.
Due: March of each yearContact: D.C. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
To recognize excellence in Federal library and information services, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) sponsors these awards. FLICC has the following three award categories:
Due: November of each yearContact: The Federal Library and Information Centerc/o Library of Congress101 Independence Avenue, SEWashington, DC 20540-4935202-707-4800 (phone)202-707-4825 (fax)Email: email@example.com
Sponsored by the National Property Management Association (NPMA) to provide recognition to individuals in the Federal Government for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in the property management field.
Nominee's activities and responsibilities should include one or more of the following property related functions: policy determination, program direction, acquisition, receiving, maintenance, physical inventory, subcontract administration, disposition, reporting, contract completion/termination, or the promulgation of law or regulation having a significant beneficial impact on Federal property management. NPMA membership is not required for nomination.
Due:May of each year Contact: Lynn Brown, 202-267-0654 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the George Washington University and Government Executive Magazine, in conjunction with the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission, to recognize those who have performed outstanding and meritorious work for the Federal Government; to encourage high standards of performance in Federal Government; to enhance appreciation of our form of government and the opportunities and responsibilities that it presents; and to attract outstanding persons to the Federal Government. Twelve separate awards will be made. Four awards will be made to individuals in the scientific or technical fields (Scientific), four to individuals in administrative or executive fields (Administrative), and four to individuals in information and technology fields (Applied Science).
Nominees may include anyone with no more than fifteen years of Government service who is an Executive Branch career Federal employee as of Dec. 31 of the year in which nominated. Awards will be made to individual Government employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service on either a sustained basis or through a single exceptional accomplishment during the past two years. Individuals previously nominated but not selected for a Flemming Award may be renominated.
Due: Nomination deadline variesView Website
Sponsored by the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils to pay tribute to an IRM professional whose achievements exhibit excellence.
Due: March of each yearContact: Vivian Ronen, 703-218-1955
To recognize three categories -- Asset Management, Sustainability and Workplace Innovation -- that demonstrate the best real property policy and the best real property practice in the Government. The awards program is designed to publicize real property success stories. Innovations may cover any function - from real property management to acquisition, construction, renovation, disposal, security, planning, integrated workplace, and alternative work environments.
Due: July 1 of each yearContact: Patrice Walker, 202 208-7639
These awards (one for managers of fleets of 500 or more vehicles, and one for managers of fleets smaller than 500 vehicles) recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skills and abilities in the Federal motor vehicle fleet management profession.
Due: January 31 of each yearContact: Jacquie Perry, 202-501-3347
To honor the safest and most effective and efficient Federal aviation programs.
Due: May 14 of each yearContact: Mike Miles, 202-219-1356
This award honors Federal mail employees responsible for managing mail communications, and employees working in Federal mail centers who develop and implement innovative policies and practices.
Due: November of every other year (See website for due year.)Contact: Derrick Miliner, 202-273-3564
This award serves as a catalyst to improve travel and relocation management in the Federal government. GSA's goal in giving this award is to recognize and publicize innovative achievements for the benefit of the entire Federal community.
Due: March 31 of every other year (See website for due year.)Contact: Jane Groat, 202-501-4318
Recognizes a Federal agency's innovative implementation of Executive Order 12999. Agencies are encouraged to share their Computers for Learning innovative, cost-effective, or streamlined practices or policies that have improved access to computer technology in America's classrooms.
Due: March 31 of each yearContact: Darlene Stickel, 202-208-4159View Website
GEICO annually honors four Federal employees and one Federal retiree for their special achievements and contributions to public service. Award winners receive $2,500 prizes and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Employees are honored in four categories: substance abuse prevention and treatment; fire prevention and safety; physical rehabilitation; and traffic safety and accident prevention. The retiree is selected for making contributions in one of the four categories.
Due: Nomination deadline variesContact: Daryl Glover, 301-986-2798
Sponsored by Government Executive Magazine to recognize information/communications technology projects, large and small, that have directly aided in the missions of their organizations by boosting efficiency and effectiveness, lowering costs, and/or improving service to the public through original uses of technology.
Due: June of each year Email: email@example.com
Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Harvard University to highlight models of innovative Government to encourage replication; to recognize public managers who are the backbone of these exemplary programs; and to provide compelling and credible portraits of the many ways in which Government contributes to public problem solving and the quality of life.
Due: May of each yearContact: JFK School of Government, Harvard University, 800-722-0074View Website
To recognize Federal employees in human resources management for significant accomplishments, and to encourage greater achievement among all Federal employees in the human resources management field. These achievements must have occurred since January 1, 1999.
Due: Early SeptemberContact: Tina Chiappetta, 703-549-7100Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView Website
To recognize an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession by promoting and contributing to the transformation of the HR profession through their leadership in the Federal HR community or by their action in effective HR service delivery. The individual must appropriately utilize key HR roles of business partner, change agent, leader, and technical expert to ensure HR policies and/or service delivery adds value to agency/department operations.
Due: Mid SeptemberContact: Tina Chiappetta, 703-549-7100Email: email@example.comView Website
To recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding humanitarian acts or services occurring outside of their Federal workplace, the contribution must be a selfless personal investment of time and effort off the job in support of someone else that goes beyond the pursuit of personal success and recognition. Nominations can reflect an overall history of humanitarian contributions or a single event.
Sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University to honor Federal career executives who have exhibited superior leadership in organizational achievements and the development of managers and executives for effective continuity in Government.
Due: December 30 of each year (last business day of December)Contact: 202-885-2940View Website
To recognize outstanding service in administration by a Federal career employee who has not reached his/her 37th birthday. The winner must demonstrate long-term resourcefulness and adherence to the principles of enlightened public service, integrity, and dedication to duty.
Due: March of each yearContact: Jackie Donnelly, (202) 720-7981View Website: Not available.
Sponsored by the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation to recognize and further develop the abilities of young journalists employed or paid by U.S.-controlled print or broadcast media, journalists 34 years of age or younger may compete for honors in local, national, and international news reporting.
Due: February 1 of each year Contact: Charles R. Eisendarth, 734-998-7575View Website
Sponsored by the Federal Managers Association to honor an outstanding Federal manager for community involvement, workplace accomplishments and contributions, and active participation in the association.
Due: Nomination deadline variesContact: 703-686-8700
This award recognizes Federal agencies for innovative personal property management practices, new property management practices that maximize the reuse of government assets, and improvements to current property disposition processes.
To recognize outstanding international Government communications projects and their producers.
Due: Nomination deadline variesContact: Michelle Savoie 703-538-1787 ext. 1786View Website
Sponsored by the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or social and behavioral sciences.
Due: May of each year View Website
Sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration to recognize individuals who exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication and accomplishment over a sustained period of time and who are creative and highly skilled career managers at all levels of the public service. Awards are presented annually to public service practitioners who: currently work, or have spent the primary part of their careers working in organizations in the public service; have made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis rather than having performed a single exceptional deed; and have managed, created, or facilitated significant programs or projects within their area of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the general public.
Due: December 1, of each yearContact: Lisa Trahan, 202-347-3190 or 800-883-3190View Website
To recognize outstanding engineers in the Federal Government.
Due: Mid OctoberContact: Erin Garcia, 702-684-2884View Website
Sponsored jointly by the Department of the Interior and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals or groups in understanding the earth by means of remote sensing. An individual award recognizes achievements in the scientific and technical remote sensing community, as well as contributions leading to successful practical applications of remote sensing. Consideration will be given to sustained career achievements or singular contributions of major importance to the field of remote sensing.
A group award recognizes an organization, or part of an organization, that has made major breakthroughs in remote-sensing science or technology, or developed an innovative application, that has a significant impact on the user community or national/international policies.
Due: Nomination deadline variesContact: Larry Pettinger (U. S. Department of the Interior), 703-648-4519 View Website
To promote and recognize organizational accomplishments that further the Administration's objectives as noted in the President's Management Agenda. The PQA Program recognizes an organization's performance as well as its results. To apply to the PQA, an organization must be a part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Organizations should apply under one or all of the following categories:
Due: Check the website for program and application information
Jointly sponsored by the Public Employees Roundtable, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Executive Boards, Federal Executive Associations, International City/County Management Association, National Governors' Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the President's Council on Management Improvement to provide a uniform, nationwide means for recognizing quality service at all levels of Government, paying tribute to programs that embody the highest standard in Government, encouraging innovation and excellence in Government reinforcing pride in public service and helping to call public attention to the broad range of services provided by public employees.
Due: January of each yearContact: Bridgette Bell, 202-927-4926
Sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants, the award recognizes individuals/organizations that have contributed significantly to the advancement of governmental financial management by conducting a research project.
Due: March each yearContact: Sabrina Bridgers, 1-800-242-7211 x131View Website
Awarded annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to honor the accomplishments and commitment of America’s outstanding public servants, the Service to America Medals send a powerful message to the American people about the importance of a strong civil service and seek to inspire a new generation of Americans to serve. Award categories include:
Due: End of January each yearContact: Jim Seymour, Partnership for Public Service, 202-775-9111Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView Website
Sponsored by the International Personnel Management Association to recognize and honor a person in public and private life who has made an outstanding contribution toward the improvement of public personnel management at any level of Government.
Due: May of each yearContact: Tina Chiappetta, 703-549-7100Email: email@example.com
To recognize excellence in Federal human resource development for both individuals and groups. Training Officers Conference has the following eight award categories:
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation to recognize an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated.
Due: December of each yearContact: Mayra N. Montrose, 703-292-8040 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView Website
To recognize outstanding achievements in Human Resource Management and its value to the general business community. Awards are given in 10 categories that reflect the field's vitality: Competitive Advantage Award, Financial Impact Award, Global Outlook Award, Innovation, Management Change Award, Partnership, Quality of Life Award, Service, Vision, and General Excellence.
Due: Nomination deadline variesContact: Tiffany Cohen, 714-751-1883Email: email@example.comView Website