The Federal 100 award: An FAQ for winners

FCW cartoonist John Klossner helps new Federal 100 award winners understand the ins and outs of being recognized by their peers.

Congratulations! You've just received a Fed 100 award. You have been recognized by your peers for the work you've done and the contributions you've made to your industry. And now you ask yourself: What does this mean? And more importantly, how will this change my life? You may have many questions, with nowhere to go to find the answers. That’s why we've put together this handy little guide to some of the issues that many of our award winners have faced.

Will this award allow me preferential treatment at my favorite restaurants?
Yes, as long as you are dining with the head of OMB.

Will this award allow me to get a better parking space at the office?
Yes, if you arrive at work a half-hour before everyone else.

As a Fed 100 recipient, will I have priority for valet parking at the awards dinner?
Yes, if you arrive a half-day before everyone else.

Is there someplace I can find out if someone is wearing the same outfit as me?
Yes, behind the potted plants in the entrance.

How can I ensure that my photo will appear in the “Best Dressed” magazine spread?
Two ways. 1. Be the best-dressed. 2. "Accidentally" spill red wine on anyone else who looks like a contender.

What if I show up in my everyday work garb?
That will be okay — you can hang out with the journalists.

Will my Fed 100 recognition mean a pay increase for me?
If you're being recognized for your work to eliminate the pay freeze.

For how many years can I introduce myself as a “Fed 100 recipient”?
We're sure your friends and family will let you know.

How long does the aura of the award shine on the recipients?
Until the opening of the dessert bar.

How long may I linger at the dessert bar?
As long as you like, just refer to it as "networking."

What is my Fed 100 award worth?
A lifetime’s worth of honor and the respect of your industry. Note, however, that the plaques don't garner much on eBay.

What will I remember most about the Fed 100 dinner?
A magical night with your peers, a time to sit back and reflect on accomplishments, and that person who spills red wine on you.

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