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Governor's Awards for Excellence

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence is a prestigious and competitive program that recognizes commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance  that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and outstanding public service.      

2019 Awards

The nomination period for 2019 is open now through January 24!  
Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony with the Governor in May in conjunction with State Employee Recognition Day.  

Nomination Form

We are excited to offer an online nomination process for this year’s awards program.

  • Nomination Form - Each nomination must include a clear, substantive description of the achievement and can be expanded beyond the nomination by up to five pages of supporting materials. 

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  • Any current, permanent commonwealth employee can be nominated by another current, permanent commonwealth employee.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Group nominations may include up to 10 people. 


Nominations should be for service, achievements or accomplishments that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Must go beyond an individual agency program and have multi-agency impact.
  • Must have significant impact on the general public, or the life, safety, or property of another (others).
  • Must have significantly enhanced the image, prestige, or effectiveness of the commonwealth.
  • Exemplifies outstanding public service to the commonwealth. 


If you have questions about the Governor's Awards for Excellence, please contact OA-Talent Development at