Federal Manager's Daily Report

OPM has asked agencies to submit nominations by March 29 for the annual Presidential Rank Awards, the top honors for career employees in the SES and equivalent levels.

“The individuals who are nominated and chosen for these awards perform valuable services on behalf of the American public and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to public service,” OPM said in a memo. “We are looking for extraordinary leaders who have made significant contributions in advancing the President’s Management Agenda delivering mission critical solutions, providing excellent customer service and being good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars. Consistent with the overall strategy of the PMA, this is an opportunity to recognize and reward your top performers.”

There are two categories of awards, distinguished and meritorious, with one grouping for SES members and another for senior level/senior scientific or technical employees, commonly called senior professionals. The “distinguished” award, worth 35 percent of base pay, can be granted to no more than 1 percent of an agency’s employees in such positions and the “meritorious” award, worth 20 percent of base pay, to no more than 5 percent. Agencies “should consider their fiscal conditions and resources needed to meet overall agency mission priorities in determining the number of nominations to submit.”

As in recent prior years, the memo added that agencies are to take into consideration “any issues relating to personal and professional conduct, such as past misconduct or disciplinary actions, timely payment of federal taxes, findings in a final resolution of an equal employment opportunity proceeding that suggest that the individual discriminated in violation of a civil rights statute, findings by an Office of Inspector General (or equivalent) proceeding that the individual engaged in misconduct, and evidence of as yet un-adjudicated misconduct in relation to Office of Inspector General (or their equivalent) matters, as well as the programs and organizational components for which the nominees have any responsibility.”

The memo, at www.chcoc.gov, contains guidance and instructions on nominations.