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
  • Call to Service
  • Citizen Services
  • Homeland Security and Law Enforcement
  • Management Excellence
  • National Security and International Affairs
  • Science and Environment

For each category, nominees must show:

  • Strong commitment to federal service
  • A significant accomplishment within their field

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.

2016 Selection Committee

Mark Bertolini
Mark Bertolini
Chairman and CEO
Aetna Inc.
Jeffrey Bewkes
Jeffrey Bewkes
Chairman and CEO
Time Warner Inc.
J. David Cox, Sr.
J. David Cox, Sr.
National President
American Federation of Government Employees
Ronnie F. Heyman
Ronnie F. Heyman
Chairman
GAF Industries
Senator Ron Johnson
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson
Wisconsin
Larry Kramer
Larry Kramer
President
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Deborah Majoras
Deborah Majoras
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Procter and Gamble
Ruth Marcus
Ruth Marcus
Deputy Editorial Page Editor
The Washington Post
Michael E. O'Neill
Michael E. O'Neill
Chairman
Citigroup, Inc.
Tony Reardon
Tony Reardon
President
National Treasury Employees Union
Max Stier
Max Stier
President and CEO
Partnership for Public Service
Kent D. Syverud
Kent D. Syverud
Chancellor and President
Syracuse University
Mark Takano
U.S. Representative Mark Takano
California
Paul Volcker
Paul Volcker
Chairman
The Volcker Alliance
George Wellde
George Wellde
Board Member
Partnership for Public Service