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Award Criteria

Lifetime Service Award

  • Purpose

    This award is given by the Public Lands Foundation for the purpose of perpetuating and enhancing the proud tradition of dedicated public service in the BLM’s stewardship of entrusted lands and resources. It is intended that this form of recognition will foster BLM employee pride and productivity as well as stimulate the public’s interest in federal resources and the quality of the agency’s management. The award is in recognition of prestigious lifetime performance that benefited the management of Public Lands administered by BLM.

  • The Award

    The award consists of a personal engraved plaque, a commendation letter, and a free one-year membership to the PLF for the recipient or family member. In addition, the name of the selected individual will be added to the permanent PLF Award Program website and the Honor Board on display in BLM Headquarters, Washington, DC. The award is granted as a Living or Posthumous Lifetime Service Award and may include two individuals per year in each category.

  • Nomination and Eligibility

    The Public Lands Foundation will call for nominations annually through the Spring Monitor. Nominations will be welcome from all sources, including BLM employees and organizational units, PLF members, interest groups associated with various public land issues, and local and state government officials. For full consideration, a nominee’s performance must meet the eligibility requirements and be documented against the evaluation factors herein. Nominations will be evaluated by an Awards Committee for each category and concurred in by the PLF President. Nominations not selected for an award the year submitted may be reconsidered by the Awards Committee the following year subject to an updated status check with the nominating source.

    Further, 1-Nominations may be for any career BLM employee regardless of job, grade, position, profession, etc., 2- Nominees must have had a career that lasted at least 30 years of which 20 years or more were with BLM. The Awards Committee, with PLF President concurrence, may waive this requirement where the nominee substantially completed the specified time and the career was terminated by death or permanent disablement, 3- Nominations must have one endorsement by someone who has knowledge of the nominee’s accomplishments.

    Email award nominations to Maggie Wyatt at mwyatt@publicland.org.

  • Evaluation Factors

    1. Depicted sustained dedication and performance with respect to issues and challenges that resulted in significant advances in management of public lands.

    2. Personal attributes that exhibited exceptional vision and foresight that affected public land resource management, and further, inspired various public and employee participation and initiative.

    3. Exceptional professionalism and public recognition in leadership that “made a difference,” locally or nationally.

    4. Instrumental in the development and effectiveness of employees for future management and custody of the public lands.

    5. Any other factors that demonstrate the nominee’s commitment and resourcefulness to warrant recognition for furthering the stature of career public service.

Award Criteria

Managerial/Administrative and Technical/Operational
Outstanding Public Land Professional Employee Awards

  • Purpose

    These two awards are given for the purpose of perpetuating and enhancing the proud tradition of professional public service in BLM’s stewardship of entrusted lands and resources. It is intended that this form of national recognition will foster BLM employee pride and productivity as well as stimulate the public’s interest in their federal resources and the quality of their agency’s management. These Public Lands Foundation awards are reserved for the most prestigious performance that warrants national interest. The awards are not to recognize just good performance but are for the purpose of recognizing recent outstanding professional accomplishments by managerial and technical staff employees within two years prior to nomination or three years for those non-selected nominees whose nomination carry over from the previous year.

  • The Award

    The awards consist of a personal engraved plaque, a certificate and a free one year membership to the PLF. In addition, the name of the selected individuals will be added to the permanent plaque now mounted in the BLM Director’s conference room.

    All active duty career BLM employees serving in a management, staff, or program positions are eligible for the awards. Typically, the awards will be granted to a single BLM employee but may be given to a unit that has performed so professionally that recognition should go to an entire unit. The awards are intended to be focused on employees below the senior executive service level. Therefore, members of the senior executive service are not eligible for nomination.

  • Nomination Process

    Nominations may be submitted each year, at any time, prior to November 1 of the current year. Nominations are welcome from all sources including BLM employees and organizational units, PLF members, private interest groups associated with various public land issues, and local and state government officials. For full consideration, a nominee’s professional performance must be documented against the published evaluation factors. Candidates not selected for the award in the year nominated will be considered with candidates nominated the following year.

    An Awards Committee will evaluate candidates and select an awardee in each category. Concurrence in the selections is obtained from the PLF President.

    There is no nomination form for these awards. Email award nomination narratives to Richard Whitley at: Richard_Whitley3@msn.com.

  • Evaluation Factors
    1. 1. Demonstration of outstanding professional performance in relation to a particular major issue or challenge having national significance and broad public interest.
    2. 2. Holding to specific requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in the face of strong opposition from any source.
    3. 3. Exhibiting outstanding vision and foresight in the recognition of problems and opportunities that could significantly affect public land resources and moving to effectively address these matters.
    4. 4. Exhibiting outstanding personal courage and risk taking and/or making tough decisions to take controversial positions in favor of long term public interest in land conservation and protection, or evidence of exceptional professional peer and public recognition resulting from authoring professional articles of public interest, leadership by virtue of elective office in professional societies, and public awards for notable performance.
    5. 5. Exhibiting the sustained dedication needed to “make a difference” over time, in how BLM plans for and manages the public land resources.
    6. 6. Candidates for the managerial award will also be judged against their demonstrated ability to develop employees for future management and custody of the public lands.

    No relative weights are assigned.

    Nomination write-ups should address each of the relevant criteria by number.