No Such Thing as ‘Retirement Award’

In a message that is equally applicable to other agencies, the Army has sent out an internal message saying there is no such thing as a “Retirement Award” that could be granted to federal employees on separation as a kind of parallel to awards presented to military personnel on their retirement.

Some components had asked Army headquarters about the availability of such an award to honor retiring employees’ accomplishments or contributions to the agency. However, the guidance says that all such awards are given to recognize performance in a defined period of time rather than over an entire career. Any such recognition that an employee is due should be presented at the appropriate time during a working career, not at retirement, it says.

The guidance would appear to apply to both cash awards and to purely honorary awards with no cash value.