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OPM calls for Presidential Rank nominations

The Office of Personnel Management is calling on agencies to nominate candidates for Presidential Rank Awards for fiscal 2017.

The Office of Personnel Management is calling on agencies to nominate candidates for Presidential Rank Awards for fiscal 2017.

The awards, which were established in 1978, are conferred on federal senior executives and senior professionals for accomplishments in two categories—“distinguished rank” awards,” which are given to leaders who achieve “sustained extraordinary accomplishments,” and “meritorious rank” awards, which are bestowed on leaders for “sustained accomplishments.”

“To ensure the government sustains a first-class federal workforce, the administration will continue to invest in civil service leadership, including recognizing and rewarding excellence in performance in a manner that also strengthens executive accountability,” stated the call for nominations issued by OPM acting Director Beth Cobert. “In this way, we will significantly improve the federal government's ability to serve the American people.”

The memo noted that agency heads should consider the current fiscal conditions to determine the number of nominations to submit.

The president has the final authority to determine if Presidential Rank Awards will be conferred, the memo noted. 

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