DEFINITIONS OF TEAM 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • TRADES AND CRAFTS: Occupations that include the trades, crafts, and manual labor (unskilled, semi-skilled, or skilled), including foremen and supervisory positions entailing trade, craft or laboring experience and knowledge as the paramount requirement.

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR TEAM AWARDS:

Describe what the team 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 team’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 team’s exceptional service or performance

Quality of Services: Consider the following regarding the team’s:

  • Overall quality of services provided or performance of the team with particular emphasis on contributions and achievements
  • Performance in regards to meeting or exceeding agency standards
  • Innovative approach to the job that the team may have developed and implemented

Discuss the team’s job performance, citing specific examples that reflect:

  • Integration within or across agency lines
  • Customer service (both internal and external)
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Initiative
  • 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, community at large

If applicable, identify awards, commendations, or other recognition received in the past two years that would directly support the team nomination.

TEAM AWARD TYPE.  The EIG Team Award Table can be found at the EIG Nomination page. 

EIG AWARD SUBMISSIONS: You have the option of submitting nominations packages via regular mail, fax (314 539-6314), or e-mail at stlfeb@gsa.gov

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.