DEFINITIONS OF INDIVIDUAL AWARD CATEGORIES
ADMINISTRATIVE: Occupations that involve the exercise of analytical ability, judgment, discretion, and personal responsibility, and application of a substantial body of knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices applicable to one or more fields of administration or management.
CLERICAL: Occupations that require structured work in support of office, business, or fiscal operations performed in accordance with established policies, procedures, or techniques and requiring training, experience, or working knowledge related to the tasks to be performed.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: The contribution of time and talents to community betterment through volunteer work in civic or humanitarian activities. This award will be presented to an individual or team who has enhanced the image of federal employees and given conspicuous service to the community or general public through non-job related activities. Nominees should devote significant personal time and effort to community activities, welfare organizations, or other non-profit non-partisan groups on an ongoing basis.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: Employees (military and civilian) who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion within their agencies or their communities. This includes but not limited to the hosting of training on diversity/inclusion topics, developing innovative practices, championed inclusive excellence, or serving on diversity and inclusion committees.
LEADERSHIP: Responsibility for oversight of employees above the first-line supervisor level. This includes managers who are agency heads, military commanders, special agents in charge, deputies, and assistants.
PROFESSIONAL: Require knowledge in a field of science or learning characteristically acquired through education or training equivalent to a bachelor’s or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field, as distinguished from general education.
PUBLIC SAFETY & SECURITY: Occupations which are engaged in performing law enforcement, emergency response, security, investigative, or related work who have performed their duties in a highly efficient and skillful manner. This includes but is not limited to firefighters, law enforcement officials, EMT personnel, and all security-related positions.
SUPERVISORY: All individuals responsible for directing the work of others. This includes all managerial and supervisory levels (except agency heads). Nominations for this award may be made from any field with the principal factor being their competence, efficiency and accomplishment as a supervisor. The individual must have demonstrated integrity and devotion to duty and commitment to public service in the capacity of manager or supervisor, demonstrate successful management practices, and maintain an exceptional performance record.
TECHNICAL-IT/CYBER: Occupations that involve the development, exercise, or maintenance of Information Technology and/or Cyber technology functions. This includes but not limited to computer scientists, software engineers, mobile application developer, geospatial, data modeler, computer information systems, etc.
TECHNICAL-NON-IT/CYBER: Work is typically associated with and supportive of a professional or administrative field, which is non-routine in nature and which involves extensive practical knowledge gained through on-the-job experience or specific training less than represented by college degree.
CRITERIA FOR INDIVIDUAL EIG AWARDS
Describe what the employee did above and beyond performance requirements (list the specific details of the accomplishments.) If warranted, outline those activities that:
- Enhance the public image of governmental employees,
- Improve service to the public,
- Increase productivity, and/or,
- Result in financial savings
Financial Savings: The savings must be as a direct result of the nominee’s involvement in a process and can be shown in terms of actual dollar savings; dedicated man hours reduced, or increased productivity.
Performance considerations: These should reflect the scope and importance of service to the public and increased productivity and performance. Consider the following:
- Measurable indicators of organizational effectiveness
- Productivity improvements
- Improvements in timeliness
- Savings achieved through efficiencies; innovative techniques; or other measures
- Organizational impact as a direct result of the nominee’s exceptional service or performance
Quality of Services: Consider the following regarding the nominee’s:
- Overall quality of services provided or performance of the nominee with particular emphasis on contributions and achievements
- Performance in regards to meeting or exceeding agency standards
- Innovative approach to the job that the nominee may have developed and implemented
Discuss the individual or team’s job performance, citing specific examples that reflect:
- Integration within or across agency lines
- Customer service (both internal and external)
- Innovation, and
- Overall performance improvement
For Community Service Awards, specifically focus on the following:
- Significant involvement in a professional, charitable, or community service organization
- Specific contribution to the advancement of professional goals
- Specific contribution to enhancement of neighborhood, schools, and/or the community at large
If applicable, identify awards, commendations, or other recognition received in the past two years that would directly support the individual’s nomination.
INDIVIDUAL AWARD TYPE. The table is found at EIG Nomination.
EIG AWARD SUBMISSIONS: You have the option of submitting nominations packages via paper or e-mail. All nomination packages must include an approved cover sheet and a typed narrative (not to exceed two pages), which specifically addresses the criteria specified in the nomination form. The nomination form is found at EIG Nomination.