The SFFEB typically hosts the Federal Employee of the Year Awards (FEYA) gala during Public Service Recognition Week (1st week in May). Thousands of Bay Area Federal employees and teams have been nominated every year for the awards across several categories including Administrative Professionals, Law Enforcement, Trades & Crafts, and service to our local communities. To find current recognition opportunities, check out our calendar for more information, application and ceremony details.

To become a Finalist or Winner is no small achievement:

  1. Your colleagues who start your nomination need to show that you have gone well above & beyond your official duties.
  2. Your 1st line Supervisor must approve your nomination.
  3. Your 2nd line Supervisor must also approve your nomination.
  4. Your nomination is reviewed by teams of Federal peers in the Leadership Development Program (who do not belong to your Agency) and scientifically ranked by more than 5 strict sets of criteria.
  5. Your nomination is reviewed and ranked by Federal Executives as part of the BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE.

2021 – 39th Employees of the Year celebration, YouTube Recorded Live Stream Event

2020 – 38th Employees of the Year celebration, YouTube Recorded Live Stream Event

2019 – 37th Employees of the Year celebration

2018 – 36th Employees of the Year celebration

2016 – 35th Employees of the Year celebration

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

Do you know a Federal Employee who ought to be recognized nationwide for their noteworthy & inspiring accomplishments? The Partnership for Public Service seeks to highlight excellence in our Federal workforce and to inspire other talented & dedicated individuals to consider public service via the ‘Sammies’ or Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. The nomination form can be found at https://servicetoamericamedals.org/nominate

Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week – #PSRW – in Your Agency

Public servants deserve our thanks throughout the year and we invite you to continue honoring them for the work they do each and every day. Ideas range from sending messages of thanks, to holding appreciation events, to highlighting employee accomplishments on your website or newsletter.

Public Service Recognition Week is meant to be the celebration which re-emphasizes the ongoing recognition shown throughout the year. The national celebration began on the first week of May in 1985. This time is set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation at all levels of government service and includes celebrations at the federal, state, county, and local government levels. Throughout the country, celebrations include proclamations, award ceremonies, and special tribute events. We encourage all citizens to pause to think about the value of public service and to say thank you.

For additional suggestions, check out Performance.Gov’s #GovPossible campaign at https://www.performance.gov/psrw and the Partnership for Public Service’s How to Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week Toolkit.