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Civilian Awards

To recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and promote diversity and inclusion among the Federal and District of Columbia government work forces.

The award is presented during the FAPAC National Leadership Training Program (NLTP). The NLTP is held each year in the month of May to coincide with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Performance Period:  2020 Fiscal Year (Oct 1, 2019 - Sept 30, 2020) or Calendar Year (Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020)
Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST NO EXTENSION
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Evaluation Process

The Award Committee will be comprised of the Awards Committee Chair and a Panel of Judges. The Committee will review each nomination package based on the five criteria below. Each criterion will be rated on a 20-point scale for a maximum score of 100 points per nomination package.  

  1. Criterion 1: Assisted the Agency in recruiting, promoting, establishing, and maintaining an effective and equitable workplace for AAPIs;
  2. Criterion 2: Promoted AAPI competencies, cultures, contributions, work ethic, and behavior related to the agency’s employment;
  3. Criterion 3: Promoted AAPI career development through mentoring, leadership, and/or relationship building;
  4. Criterion 4: Organized activities that promote equal opportunity and cultural awareness of the AAPI community; and
  5. Criterion 5: Displayed exceptional leadership that resulted in significant workplace changes or contributions.

The Award Committee will submit nominees with the highest score per award category to the FAPAC President for final review and approval. Award winners and the nominator will receive an email notice of the selection via email by March 2021. The Awards Committee Chair will coordinate and confirm the award winner's attendance at the Virtual NLTP Civilian Awards Ceremony in May 2021. 

Please direct any additional questions to the award committee at

Award Categories

One winner will be selected per category, per grade cluster (GS 1-12, GS 13-15, and Senior Executive Service) for a total of nine (9) awards.
  1. Outstanding Individual Leadership: Individual has shown bold leadership and innovative ways to promote Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action, and Diversity.
  2. Excellence in Individual Achievement: Individual has made significant contributions toward AAPI representation at all levels .
  3. Diversity Excellence: Individual has shown a remarkable contribution towards diversity and inclusion through collaboration and against all odds.

Submission Process

Various agencies may submit completed nomination packages online that include the items below. Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.  Deadline to submit is March 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST.

  • Letter of Nomination by the Nominating Official not to exceed two (2) pages (single-spaced, 12 pitch font) that highlights and specifies the achievements related to Nominee for award consideration.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Nominee's biography, not to exceed one page
  • Digital color or black and white head shot photo (high res .jpg, .png, .tiff files)

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