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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

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.

Awards By Alphabetical Order

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The Acquisition Rewards and Recognition Program

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 awards
Contact:  Varies by awards
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American Planning Association (APA) Federal Planning Awards

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:

  • Outstanding Federal Planning Program
  • Outstanding Federal Planning Project
  • Area Development Plan
  • Environmental Planning Excellence
  • Outstanding Sustainable Planning, Design, or Development Initiative
  • Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project or Program

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 year
Contact:  Dan Castle, 716-684-8060
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Association of Government Accountants Achievement of the Year Award

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 year
Contact: Sebrina Bridgers, 1-800-242-7211
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Association of Government Accountants Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award

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 year
Contact: Sebrina Bridgers, 1-800-242-7211
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Justice Tom C. Clark Award

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 year
Contact:  D.C. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) Awards

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:

  • Federal Library/Information Center of the Year
  • Federal Librarian of the Year
  • Federal Library Technician of the Year

Due: November of each year
Contact: The Federal Library and Information Center
c/o Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4935
202-707-4800 (phone)
202-707-4825 (fax)

Federal Property Manager of the Year Award

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

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Arthur S. Flemming Awards

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 varies
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John J. Franke, Jr. Information Resources Management (IRM) Professional Service Award

Sponsored by the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils to pay tribute to an IRM professional whose achievements exhibit excellence.

Due:  March of each year
Contact:  Vivian Ronen, 703-218-1955

General Services Administration Achievement Awards for Real Property Innovation

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 year
Contact:  Patrice Walker, 202 208-7639

General Services Administration Bob Baker Fleet Manager of the Year Awards

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 year
Contact: Jacquie Perry, 202-501-3347

General Services Administration Federal Aviation Awards

To honor the safest and most effective and efficient Federal aviation programs.

Due: May 14 of each year
Contact: Mike Miles, 202-219-1356

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General Services Administration Federal Mail Best Practices Awards

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

General Services Administration Travel and Relocation Award

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

Gold Star Award for Excellence in Implementing Federal Computers for Learning Programs

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 year
Contact: Darlene Stickel, 202-208-4159
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Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) Public Service Awards

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 varies
Contact:  Daryl Glover, 301-986-2798

Government Technology Leadership Awards

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

Innovations in American Government Awards

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 year
Contact:  JFK School of Government, Harvard University, 800-722-0074
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International Personnel Management Association (IPMA) Federal Section Leading Edge Award

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 September
Contact:  Tina Chiappetta, 703-549-7100
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International Personnel Management Association HR Professional of the Year Award

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 September
Contact:  Tina Chiappetta, 703-549-7100
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International Personnel Management Association Linda Trunzo Humanitarian Award

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.

Due:  Mid September
Contact:  Tina Chiappetta, 703-549-7100
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Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

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:  202-885-2940
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William A. Jump Award

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 year
Contact:  Jackie Donnelly, (202) 720-7981
View Website: Not available.

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The Livingston Awards

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, 734-998-7575
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Manager of the Year Award

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 varies
Contact:  703-686-8700

Miles Romney Achievement Award for Innovation in Personal Property Management

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.

Due: March 31 of each year
Contact: Darlene Stickel, 202-208-4159
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National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Pencil and Gold Screen Awards

To recognize outstanding international Government communications projects and their producers.

Due:  Nomination deadline varies
Contact:  Michelle Savoie 703-538-1787 ext. 1786
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National Medal of Science

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
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National Public Service Awards

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 year
Contact:  Lisa Trahan, 202-347-3190 or 800-883-3190
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National Society of Professional Engineers Federal Engineer of the Year

To recognize outstanding engineers in the Federal Government.

Due:  Mid October
Contact:  Erin Garcia, 702-684-2884
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Next Generation of Government Public Service Award

Since 2010, the NextGen Public Service Awards have recognized superior public service and achievement each year at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit, hosted by Young Government Leaders and GovLoop. The awards recognize individuals who are selected among the public service community for their intelligence, exuberance and dedication to improving and invigorating government.

Due:  April of each year
Contact:  Megan Dotson, 202-407-7408
1152 15th Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005
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William T. Pecora Award

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 varies
Contact:  Larry Pettinger (U. S. Department of the Interior), 703-648-4519
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The President's Quality Award (PQA) Program

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:

  • Strategic Management of Human Capital
  • Competitive Sourcing
  • Improved Financial Performance
  • Expanded Electronic Government
  • Budget and Performance Integration

Due:  Check the website for program and application information

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Public Service Excellence Awards Program

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 year
Contact:  Bridgette Bell, 202-927-4926

Research Achievement Award

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 year
Contact:  Sabrina Bridgers, 1-800-242-7211 x131
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Service to America Medals

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:

  • Career Achievement (minimum 20 years service),
  • Call to Service (maximum 5 years service),
  • Homeland Security,
  • National Security and International Affairs,
  • Justice and Law Enforcement,
  • Science & Environment and,
  • Citizen Services.

Due: End of January each year
Contact: Jim Seymour, Partnership for Public Service, 202-775-9111
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Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award

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 year
Contact:  Tina Chiappetta, 703-549-7100

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Training Officers Conference Distinguished Service Awards

To recognize excellence in Federal human resource development for both individuals and groups. Training Officers Conference has the following eight award categories:

  • Management of the HRD Program
  • Needs Assessment
  • Instructional Design
  • Training Research
  • Learning Technology
  • Training Evaluation
  • Career Development
  • Spencer Logan Award

Due:  Nomination deadline varies
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Alan T. Waterman Award

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 year
Contact:  Mayra N. Montrose, 703-292-8040
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Workforce Magazine Optimas Awards

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 varies
Contact: Tiffany Cohen, 714-751-1883
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Awards By Nomination Deadline

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