The Presidential Rank Awards were established to recognize a select group of career
Senior Executives who have demonstrated exceptional performance over an extended
period of time. The law provides that a Distinguished Rank Award be given for "sustained
Distinguished Executives are outstanding leaders; nominees must
consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to public
service. Through their personal conduct and their results-oriented program management,
they will have established and maintained a high degree of public confidence and trust.
Presidential Rank Awards are reserved for executives who have a record of achievement
which is recognized throughout the agency and/or is acknowledged on a national or
international level. The following criteria is used to evaluate nominees.
Displayed the highest high level of creativity, initiative, flexibility and innovation to
produce results that are important to the American people.
Has an exceptional record of achieving important program results.
Demonstrated unusual success in building and maintaining a workforce that is
diverse, well-trained, highly motivated, and productive.
Managed the program's human, financial, material, and information resources in a
manner which instilled the utmost public trust and advanced the organization's
Showed an unusual level of cooperative effort with others, including those in Federal
agencies, other government jurisdictions, and the private and non-profit sectors.