Want to Recognize Outstanding Accomplishments in Your Agency?

Nominations for Service to America Medals are open until March 8, 2006.

It seems that there are numerous opportunities for those working for Uncle Sam to be unhappy and to voice their dissatisfaction. That is often how taxpayers perceive the typical federal employee.

From my experience in working for and with federal agencies for a number of years, the reality is different. Most federal employees are working, in large part, because they want to accomplish something to benefit their country. These people are often quietly doing exemplary work with little or no publicity but take satisfaction in the results they are able to achieve.

The Service to America medals provide a chance to recognize some of their good work. All you have to do is to go online and take the time to tell everyone what that work is, why it is important and why the person (or the team) doing the work should be recognized.

And, in addition to telling the world how someone in your agency performed extraordinary service, it is possible that this hard working civil servant could also use a little extra money. Here is an opportunity to help that person out and provide favorable publicity for your agency and what has been accomplished.

Nominations for the Service to America Medals are due by March 8th.

These medals honor the greatest achievements of federal employees. The winners will be selected based on the impact of their work in addressing the needs of the nation as well as their commitment and innovation in the job.

There are several categories in which winners will be selected:

  • Federal employee of the year
  • Career Achievement
  • Call to Service
  • Homeland Security
  • National Security
  • Citizen Services
  • Scioence and Environment
  • Justice and Law Enforcement
  • International Affairs
  • While the money is incidental, the awards are accompanied with cash prizes of $3000 – $10,000.

    For those readers that think they have done a great job, get someone else to nominate you for your work. You can’t nominate yourself but nominations can be submitted by any person familiar with the nominee’s work.

    Nominations must be submitted online at this address.

    The recognition is open to all career federal employees. Click here for more information. If you have a question, you can send an e-mail to awards@ourpublicservice.org.

    About the Author

    Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47