Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE?
All current, permanent commonwealth employees are eligible to be nominated. Each nominee must have been a full- or part-time commonwealth employee and actively performed the duties described in the nomination during the previous calendar year.
WHAT WILL GOVERNOR’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE NOMINEES RECEIVE?
All nominated employees selected for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence will receive a commendation from the Governor informing them of their selection.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GOVERNOR’S AWARD?
(One or more of the following must be met)
The service, achievement, or accomplishment must go beyond an individual agency program and have multi-agency impact.
- The service, achievement, or accomplishment must have significant impact on the general public.
- The service, achievement, or accomplishment must have significantly enhanced the image, prestige, or effectiveness of the commonwealth.
- The development of commonwealth policy or improved methods or procedures has resulted in significant increased productivity, efficiency, or service to the commonwealth.
WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE NOMINATION?
Nominations should contain a complete description of the program, process, technique, operation, or accomplishment for which the nomination application is based and answer the following as applicable to the category:
- Description of what has been done and for whom.
- Description of why the approach or achievement was identified or selected for consideration of an award.
- Description of how the accomplishment was achieved.
- If applicable, description of how the approach was funded.
- Identify the challenges, barriers, or obstacles encountered and how they were overcome.
- Description of why the program(s) or project(s) is unique or innovative.
- Description of what benefits resulted from the effort. (To the extent possible, success stories should be included)
- Description of any measurable monetary or non-monetary benefits or results, including dollars saved, costs prevented, or revenue generated, that can be used to quantify success.
DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE NOMINATION IN ONE SESSION?
No! Employees submitting nominations are now able to save their nominations and finish them later. Pending nominations will be displayed upon entering the nomination site. Note: employees will not be able to view or modify nominations after they have been submitted as complete.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION?
Complete the Governor’s Awards of Excellence Online Nomination Form. Attach all supporting documentation that can substantiate the reasons for nomination (e.g., letters of commendation or appreciation, description of work projects, press releases, verification of savings, etc.)
- A VPN connection or access to a computer at a commonwealth worksite is required to access the online nomination form.
- Nominators are strongly encouraged to access the online form using the Chrome web browser.
- Internet Explorer users should follow these instructions to update Compatibility View settings. Failure to modify your browser settings will result in the inability to view and submit the nomination form.
IF THE CEREMONY IS HELD IN 2022, WHY IS IT CALLED THE 2021 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE?
Each nominee must have been a permanent full-time or part-time commonwealth employee and actively performed the duties described in the nomination during the calendar year preceding the nomination period. Even though the award ceremony is held in 2022, it is for accomplishments that took place in 2021.