FCW Insider: The Fed 100 and industry nominees
In recent weeks, I have received numerous queries about whether
industry executives are eligible for the Federal 100 award (on a
related note, see yesterday's post about the prize value). So for everyone's benefit, here is how I respond.
Yes, the Fed 100 is intended to recognize individuals from both
government and industry. That has been the intent of the award from the
beginning, because industry employees often play an essential role in
the success of government programs.
It is true, however, that fed winners far outnumber their industry
counterparts -- often by a three-to-one ratio. There are several
reasons for this. Feds, of course, are often in better position to have
a direct impact on a given program or initiative. That's easy to
understand. But there's more to it than that.
It often seems that the judges hold industry nominees to a slightly higher standard.
In reviewing a nomination, one or more judges will often comment
that the individual did good work -- but that they were paid well to do
that work. Their compensation is their primary reward. What they want
to see is an indication that the individual went above and beyond, or
that they brought unique skills or talents to the job.
A classic example is a contract award. Few people will win a Fed 100
award for winning a contract. But occasionally, someone will receive
the Fed 100 if they took an innovative approach (and one from which the
agency will benefit).
There's a final factor: We always receive fewer industry
nominations. In many cases, the nomination comes from a co-worker of
the nominee and does not include relevant supporting nominators.
Generally, a nomination related to work done on a government program
ought to include an appropriate government official as a supporting
One final note: I advise against listing a government official
without their knowledge: The judges will look into these things. In
fact, we've had cases where a judge was listed as a supporting
nominator but knew nothing about the project. Whoops.
The deadline for nominations is Dec. 23. You can find the form here.
Posted by John S. Monroe on Dec 09, 2008 at 12:18 PM