Sammies Finalist Breakfast

Selection Process and Committee


Selection Process

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

  • Federal Employee of the Year
  • Career Achievement
  • Homeland Security and Law Enforcement
  • Management Excellence
  • National Security and International Affairs
  • Promising Innovations
  • 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

* Promising Innovations is a new category the Partnership for Public Service introduced in 2017 to recognize federal employees who are developing cutting-edge technologies or driving innovative approaches that have demonstrated measurable success and great potential but are still in progress. Promising Innovations, which replaced the Call to Service category, will also highlight young people who have made important contributions toward a significant accomplishment early in their federal careers.


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 at a black-tie gala in the early fall.

2018 Selection Committee

Brendan Boyle
Joshua Bolten
President and CEO
Business Roundtable
Ángel Cabrera
Sylvia Mathews Burwell
President
American University
J. David Cox, Sr.
Douglas R. Conant
Founder and CEO, ConantLeadership
Former CEO and President, Campbell Soup Company
The Honorable Tom Davis
J. David Cox, Sr.
National President
American Federation of Government Employees
John Dickerson
John Dickerson
Co-Anchor, CBS This Morning
CBS News
Michael V. Drake, MD
Ronnie F. Heyman
Chairman
GAF Industries
Ivan Fong
Dean Kamen
President
DEKA Research & Development Corporation
Ronnie F. Heyman
Carol Larson
President and CEO
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Robert A. McDonald
Michael Lewis
Author
Patricia McGuire
Bob Peck
Board Member, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Managing Director, FPR Partners
C.L. Max Nikias
U.S. Representative David Price
North Carolina
Grant Oliphant
Tony Reardon
National President
National Treasury Employees Union
Tony Reardon
Cynthia Robinson
President
Robertson Foundation for Government
U.S. Representative Phil Roe, M.D.
U.S. Representative Phil Roe, M.D.
Tennessee
Jennifer Rubin
Jennifer Rubin
Opinion Writer
The Washington Post
Margaret Spellings
Margaret Spellings
President
The University of North Carolina System
Max Stier
Max Stier
President and CEO
Partnership for Public Service
Toni Townes-Whitley
Toni Townes-Whitley
Corporate Vice President
Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector and Industry
Jim VandeHei
Jim VandeHei
Founder and CEO
Axios
Elizabeth Williamson
Elizabeth Williamson
Feature Writer
The New York Times