Selection Process and Committee


An award winner is selected for each of the following categories:

  • Federal Employee of the Year
  • Career Achievement
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Management Excellence
  • Safety, Security and International Affairs
  • Science and Environment

For each category, nominees must show:

  • Strong commitment to federal service
  • A significant accomplishment within their field that meets the needs of the American people
  • Excellence in customer service to citizens or other beneficiaries

Following a careful review and vetting process by the Partnership for Public Service, finalists are selected and announced in late spring.

Award recipients are chosen from the field of finalists by a selection committee comprised of national leaders representing government, business, entertainment, media and the non-profit/foundation community. The members of the selection committee rank the finalists in each category based on:

  • The significance and impact of their accomplishments
  • How well they foster innovation
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • The extent to which they exemplify excellence in public service

Winners are announced in the early fall.


Samantha Bee

Host and Executive Producer
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Amy Entelis

Executive Vice President, Talent & Content Development
CNN Worldwide

W. Scott Gould

Mountain Lake Associates, LLC

Don Howard

President & CEO
The James Irvine Foundation

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga


Michael Lewis


Richard Plepler

Founder and CEO
Eden Productions

Thomas W. Ross

The Volcker Alliance

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14)

Adam Conover

Creator and host of Adam Ruins Everything

Patrick Gallagher

University of Pittsburgh

Ronnie F. Heyman

GAF Industries

Freeman Hrabowski

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Everett Kelley

National President
American Federation of Government Employees

Andrea Mitchell

NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Host, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

Tony Reardon

National President
National Treasury Employees Union

Max Stier

President and CEO 
Partnership for Public Service