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.
We will begin accepting nominations for the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals in September of 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.
Nominators can be anyone—fed or non-fed, friend or family member, supervisor or employee. However, we do not accept self-nominations.
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 now closed.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about the nomination process.
Still have questions? Contact Jim Seymour at (202) 775-9111 or [email protected].
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