Nomination Details

Thank you for your interest in submitting a Sammies nomination! If you know a federal employee who demonstrates innovation, strong leadership and a passion for public service in their work, we want to recognize them through the Service to America Medals.

General Information

We accept nominations on an annual basis starting in early fall through January 18, 2019. Our online nomination process allows the nominator to start and save a submission and return to it at a later time.

Finalists are announced the first week of May during Public Service Recognition Week and the honorees are announced at an awards gala in Washington, D.C. each fall.

Please read more about the current medal categories below and their specific eligibility requirements before submitting a nomination. The partnership will determine and assign medal categories based on the nominations received.

We welcome nominations for individuals and teams. While we acknowledge that many important accomplishments involve hundreds of federal employees, our honoree recognition is limited to a maximum of three people who represent the team and their achievement.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominator Eligibility

Nominators can be anyone—fed or non-fed, friend or family member, supervisor or employee. However, we do not accept self-nominations.

Nominee Eligibility

While nominators are not required to be federal employees, nominees must be career civilian federal employees of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Similar employees of the Library of Congress, Government Accountability Office, Congressional Budget Office, Office of the Capitol Architect, Government Publishing Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Smithsonian Institution and Botanical Gardens, plus commissioned officers of the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are also eligible.

For all medal categories, with the exception of Career Achievement, please identify an accomplishment that has occurred within the past three years. We want to share the most recent government success stories that will best resonate with the American public.

For Career Achievement, nominations should highlight a series of accomplishments or sustained achievement throughout the nominee's 20 or more years as a civilian federal employee.


The 2019 nomination cycle is OPEN.



Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about the nomination process.


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Medal and Nomination Categories

Federal Employee of the Year

This award recognizes a federal employee whose professional contributions exemplify the highest attributes of public service.

Special Guidelines:
This award is chosen by the Sammies Selection Committee from among the group of finalists. We do not accept nominations directly for this category.
See Past Honorees

Career Achievement

This medal recognizes a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service.

Special Eligibility Criteria:
Nominee must have at least 20 years of career federal civil service, not including military service, as of January 1 during the current nomination cycle.
See Past Honorees

Emerging Leaders

This nomination category is offered to encourage special consideration for young federal employees who have made an important contribution early in their professional career. Selected finalists will be assigned to other medal categories according to the nature of their work and accomplishments.

Special Eligibility Criteria:
Nominee must be 35 or younger as of January 1 during the current nomination cycle.

Homeland Security and Law Enforcement

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to homeland security and law enforcement (including border and transportation security, civil rights, counterterrorism, emergency response, fraud prevention and intelligence).

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Management Excellence

This medal recognizes a federal employee for demonstrating superior leadership and management excellence through a significant contribution to the nation that exemplifies efficient, effective and results-oriented government.

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National Security and International Affairs

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security and international affairs (including defense, military affairs, diplomacy, foreign assistance and trade).

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Promising Innovations

This medal recognizes a federal employee for leading a promising discovery, breakthrough technology or innovative approach that is in progress and has potential to address a significant challenge facing our country or create new opportunities for the American people. Promising Innovations, which replaced the Call to Service category in 2017, also highlights young people who have made important contributions toward a significant accomplishment early in their federal careers.

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Science and Environment

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to science and environment (including biomedicine, economics, energy, information technology, meteorology, resource conservation and space).

See Past Honorees