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64th Annual Excellence in Federal Government Awards Program - May 1, 2020 (nominations period is closed - award ceremonies will be held at individual agencies)

The Annual "Excellence in Federal Government Awards Program" and EXPO sponsored by the HPFEB is held annually, during the first week in May which is designated Public Employee Service Recognition Week.
The 2020 event cannot be held in its traditional format on May 1st - download the addendum with the updated details for "In Place" Award Presentations
Thanks to our federal government sponsors and for the agencies who will participate.

  • Introduction

    For over 60 years, outstanding federal employees working in Honolulu – Pacific Federal Executive Board (HPFEB) agencies have been recognized at an annual awards ceremony. Until 2011 this ceremony included a sit down type luncheon at a prestigious Waikiki hotel, with awardee and guest tickets purchased by parent agencies, supervisors and sometimes awardee family members. The current model is that the awards ceremony is held at a government/military facility (currently the Hickam AFB Officer’s Club on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam), at no cost to federal employees or agencies. The ceremony is held jointly with an EXPO, where federal benefit and other partners staff booths to educate employees on their offerings and benefits. The ceremony is typically held on the Friday of the first full week in May, corresponding to Public Service Employee Recognition Week, nationally.

    Each awardee is recognized with a certificate by a local military or government leader.  Each FEB agency may nominate one candidate for each of the seven award categories (the Team Excellence Category typically includes multiple awardees). There is no selection board at the FEB level, selections are prioritized at the agency level when nominations are submitted.


    Addendum to the 2020 Excellence in Federal Government Awards Guidelines (April 13, 2020):

    2020 Excellence in Federal Government Awards Guidelines – Addendum

    The HPFEB is currently working with agency awards coordinators to provide awards resources so that agencies can hold “in place” awards recognition programs in a format and schedule at agency leadership discretion.

    Sign up for free webinars, presented by OPM Center for Leadership Development, in honor of 2020 Public Service Recognition Week:

    Including “What Successful Leaders Do In Challenging Times”, “How HR Professionals Can Get Results”, and “Will Design for Six Sigma Work for Government Processes”.  You can register for these 1 hour webinars here:


    You can download the guidelines here: 2020 Awards Guidelines FINAL

    This year, we will be requiring that agencies use our website to efficiently and consistently create and submit nomination packages.

    Agency representatives may use this link to create the nomination cover sheet:

    and follow the instructions on the guidelines below to complete the full nomination package.

    Agency Coordinators can upload their submissions to our awards portal here (please get any remaining submissions in as soon as possible):

    You can now download the awardee photographs (2019 event) on our gallery page here:
    2019 Awards Photo Gallery

    Please contact Brian Mikel at or 808-541-2637 if you have any questions.

    The HPFEB uses this event to:

    • Celebrate the innovation and quality of work performed by employees by honoring and presenting awards in seven categories.
    • Learn about other agencies’ best practices.
    • Promote the excellent work of federal agencies.
    • Employees are recognized in 7 individual categories:
      (1) Leader, Supervisor, Manager
      (2) Professional, Administrative, Technical
      (3) Clerical, Administrative
      (4) Trades and Crafts
      (5) Exceptional Community Service
      (6) Mentor
      (7) Team
_85A0033 (Custom) Receives the Leader - Supervisor -Manager of the Year Award

Click green button at the bottom of the page to download guidelines. Copy & paste the link below to create and download your nomination forms:

HPFEB Annual Awards Event Nomination Guidelines

The 2020 Annual Excellence in Federal Government Awards Program cannot be held in scheduled format on May 1st, 2020. Employees will be recognized at agency head discretion "in place" in 2020. The attached guidelines and supplement include both general guidelines and the agency nomination package.