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Civil Servant of the Year Nomination Writing Guidelines

A well-written Civil Servant of the Year nomination provides specific information illustrating how the individual’s achievements have had a positive impact on the agency’s operations or mission goals.

The number of achievements listed and the length of the nomination are not as important as ensuring that the nominee’s contributions match the award criteria. Please review the Nomination Guidelines and Category Descriptions closely, and ensure you address each of the awards criteria in your write-up.

Justify the nomination concisely, and avoid vagueness. Avoid sweeping generalities and make every sentence count. All first references of acronyms should be spelled out. Remember – the panel reviewing nominations isn’t familiar with the inner workings of your agency.

Start with a clear, direct, and specific statement of why the nominee deserves recognition. Include enough information for the Blue Ribbon Panel to become familiar with the nominee’s specific challenges faced, actions taken, and results or goals met. List the most important information in the first few sentences and then elaborate as necessary. All statements should focus on the award criteria

Support the nomination with qualitative and quantitative facts, statistics, metrics, etc.

Cite any unusual challenges the nominee had to overcome.

Review the nomination for spelling and accuracy.

The nomination deadline for 2023 is February 24.

Examples of past finalist write-ups:

Customer Service

Excellence Beyond Expectations

Innovation

Leadership

Unsung Hero

Team Achievement