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.

2017 Selection Committee

Brendan Boyle
U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle
Pennsylvania
Ángel Cabrera
Dr. Ángel Cabrera
President
George Mason University
J. David Cox, Sr.
J. David Cox, Sr.
National President
American Federation of Government Employees
The Honorable Tom Davis
The Honorable Tom Davis
Former U.S. Representative (Virginia)
Board Member Partnership for Public Service
John Dickerson
John Dickerson
Chief Washington Correspondent
and Moderator, “Face the Nation” CBS News
Michael V. Drake, MD
Michael V. Drake, MD
President
The Ohio State University
Ivan Fong
Ivan Fong
Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs
and General Counsel
3M Company
Ronnie F. Heyman
Ronnie F. Heyman
Chairman
GAF Industries
Robert A. McDonald
Robert A. McDonald
Former Secretary,
Department of Veterans Affairs Retired Chairman, President and CEO
The Procter & Gamble Company
Patricia McGuire
Patricia McGuire
President
Trinity Washington University
C.L. Max Nikias
C.L. Max Nikias
President
University of Southern California
Grant Oliphant
Grant Oliphant
President
The Heinz Endowments
Tony Reardon
Tony Reardon
President
National Treasury Employees Union
Stephanie Ruhle
Stephanie Ruhle
Anchor, MSNBC
Correspondent, NBC News
Mark Schlissel
Mark Schlissel
President
University of Michigan
Max Stier
Max Stier
President and CEO
Partnership for Public Service
Jeff Zients
Judy Woodruff
Anchor and Managing Editor
PBS NewsHour
Jeff Zients
Jeff Zients
Former Director
National Economic Council