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Presidential Rank Awards return

For more than 40 years, top-performing feds have been recognized by the annual Presidential Rank Awards.

With these awards, feds enjoy a moment in the sun—a momentary ray of admiration from their fellows and the public for extraordinary service. They also get a cash prize. Since their founding, the idea of course in part is to incentivize extraordinary work, as occurs in many other workplaces.

But a year ago, as the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Office of Personnel Management announced that the awards were cancelled, entirely, for 2020.

In early 2021, COVID-19 is still with us. But—great progress finally being made against it after a year of much tragedy—OPM has announced the reinstatement of the Presidential Rank Awards. As per the usual, from a pool submitted from agencies and departments across the federal government, the OPM director will recommend finalists to the president, who will make the final selection.

“The Presidential Rank Awards have a rich history of awarding well-deserved individuals in Federal career service,” Ronald Klain, the White House Chief of Staff said in the OPM release. “We are pleased that the Office of Personnel Management has made it a priority to bring back these distinguished awards to honor our dedicated civil servants in the Federal workforce.”

The awards were created under a 1978 law, under the sweeping Civil Service Reform Act. In 2001, further legislation opened up eligibility for the awards to a wider pool of feds.

For more detail on the awards and on how to submit nominees, go to: https://www.chcoc.gov/content/call-nominations-fy2021-presidential-rank-awards.

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