Partnership for Public Service Outstanding Alumni Award: 2020

Award Eligibility 

Presented annually, the Outstanding Alumni Award showcases the important and high-impact work of the Partnership’s leadership program graduates. It is given to an alumnus/a or alumni-led team who exemplifies public service through their work to improve the lives of the American people at home or abroad; or through work that transforms government operations for greater mission impact. The award recipient will receive free attendance to an Alumni Day of Training in 2021.

Nominations for the Outstanding Alumni Award are open to all members of the Partnership’s Leadership Alumni network. These are individuals who completed and graduated from one (or more) of the Partnership’s leadership development programs.

Nominees can be graduates from any program year, but nominations should highlight a recent accomplishment. Nominees should have been federal employees at the time that the nominated project or work took place, and the primary work or project being nominated must be related to the nominee’s work as a federal employee (i.e., not community, volunteer, or active duty service).

Submission Guidelines

  • Nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award will close on June 5, 2020. 
  • All submissions must be completed using the online form by the deadline
  • Self-nominations will be accepted with the appropriate reference
  • Submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee
Submit your nomination

Selection Process

Awardee(s) is determined by the Partnership for Public Service, following review and vetting of the nominations. Vetting may include interviews for clarification or additional information, reference checks and review of additional source material. The award recipient(s) is honored at the Excellence in Government Fellows Alumni Day of Training on July 29, 2020.

Selection Criteria 

The selection committee will assess the impact, outcomes, and innovation of the accomplishment, and public service values and leadership demonstrated by the nominee(s) in achieving the accomplishment.

Nominations are reviewed according to the award criteria below. Please ensure the application speaks to how the nominee(s) meet the criteria.

1. Impact and Benefits 
  • Does the work or project improve the lives of the American people at home or abroad; or, transform government operations for greater mission impact? 
2. Outcomes
  • Has the project or work changed the community or situation that it addressed, and specifically what kinds of changes were made?
3. Innovation 
  • Did the nominee(s) demonstrate a willingness to take risks to achieve the end goal?
4. Public Service Values and Leadership
  • Does the individual or team model exemplary behavior, integrity, and an understanding and commitment to the core values of public service?

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Past Recipients

2019 Winner

Achievement: Colleen Wilson created the first ever NASA shutdown guide during the December 2018 – January 2019 government shutdown and coordinated the first intentional “HR return to work” strategy, which included FAQs, messages from the Chief Human Capital Officer, and other relevant human resources content. This work resulted in almost 500,000 visits to the NASA shutdown website and earned the agency recognition as a best practice agency.

2015 Winning Teams

The BAIR Award: Generated new technical tools to stop a growing number of unsolicited and illegal telemarketing robocalls using the Federal Trade Commission’s first nationwide crowdsourcing prize competition.

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Leadership In Action Award: Provided vital and timely information to U.S. leaders about unfolding developments in the war between Ukraine and separatists backed by Russia, which has killed more than 6,000 people and displaced two million others.

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The Citizen Impact Award: Initiated a pilot project and public-private partnership to ensure that homeless veterans who receive housing vouchers can pay for their start-up utilities and obtain beds, furniture and other household necessities.

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2018 Winning Team

Achievement: Increased the health and well-being of homeless veterans in Phoenix, Arizona through the Veggies for Veterans program, a collaboration between the VA, HUD, the Diana Gregory Outreach Services Foundation and community volunteers.

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2014 Winning Teams

The BAIR Award: Optimized the State Department’s most valuable resource, its employees, by developing a platform to match managers and employees with short-term job assignments.  

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The Leadership in Action Award: Transformed how FDA communicates about the quality of new drugs to pharmaceutical companies and internal stakeholders and instituted a new team review process for assessing the quality of new medicines. 

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The Citizen Impact Award: Developed an innovative, low-cost website that centralizes agricultural career opportunities for veterans. 

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The Citizen Impact Award: Crafted an integrated marketing and communications campaign to promote My HealtheVet, VA’s online Personal Health Record system for veterans, increasing enrollment by 42 percent and empowering greater numbers of veterans to play an active role in their health care. 

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2017 Winning Team

The BAIR Award: Established a formal partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Dream Foundation to fulfill the final dreams of terminally ill veterans.

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2016 Winning Teams

The BAIR Award: Created a first-of-its-kind customer service Twitter account available 365 days a year to quickly answer questions and receive feedback about problems passengers experience during the security screening process.   

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The Leadership in Action Award: Created the first ombudsman’s office at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to help employees address workplace issues in an informal, confidential and safe setting.  

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The Citizen Impact Award: Refurbished and delivered 70 laptop computers to underprivileged students at an alternative school in rural Mississippi through the Computers for Learning program.

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