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Awards and decorations of the United States government

Awards and decorations of the United States government are civilian awards of the U.S. federal government which are typically issued for sustained meritorious service, in a civilian capacity, while serving in the U.S. federal government. Certain U.S. government awards may also be issued to military personnel of the United States Armed Forces and be worn in conjunction with awards and decorations of the United States military. In order of precedence, those U.S. non-military awards and decorations authorized for wear are worn after U.S. military personal decorations and unit awards and before U.S. military campaign and service awards.

The following is a selection of civilian awards which are presently issued by the U.S. government.

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Office of the President of the United StatesEdit

United States CongressEdit

United States Intelligence CommunityEdit

The National Intelligence Awards (NIA) Program is administered by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the United States Intelligence Community (IC).[6]

National Intelligence Community AwardsEdit

Significant contribution awards[7]
National Intelligence Public Service Awards[7]
Special eligibility awards[7]
Former award prior to establishment of the NIA Program

Central Intelligence AgencyEdit

CIA Awards[8]

Department of AgricultureEdit

Foreign Agricultural ServiceEdit

  •   Distinguished Honor Award
  •   Superior Honor Award
  •   Meritorious Honor Award

Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceEdit

  •   Distinguished Honor Award
  •   Superior Honor Award
  •   Meritorious Honor Award

Department of CommerceEdit

National Institute of Standards and TechnologyEdit

National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationEdit

Non-government decorationsEdit

Non-governmental organizations[9]
  • NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers (ACO) Awards
  Junior Officer of the Year=NOAA ACO Award Medal (without attachments)
  Science Award=NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "S" device)
  Engineering Award=NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "E" device)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Awards
  Society of American Military Engineers' Colbert Medal
  Society of American Military Engineers Karo Award

Campaign and service awardsEdit

  •   NOAA Corps National Response Deployment Medal
  •   NOAA Corps Outstanding Volunteer Service Award Medal
  •   NOAA Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  •   NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Service Ribbon
  •   NOAA Corps Pacific Sea Service Ribbon
  •   NOAA Corps Mobile Duty Service Ribbon
  •   NOAA Corps International Service Ribbon
  •   NOAA Corps National Response Service Ribbon
  •   NOAA Rifle Ribbon (no longer awarded)
  •   NOAA Pistol Ribbon (no longer awarded)

Incentive awards (without medal or ribbon)Edit

  • NOAA Technology Transfer Award[10]
  • NOAA Distinguished Career Award

Coast and Geodetic SurveyEdit

  •   Coast and Geodetic Survey Distinguished Service Ribbon
  •   Coast and Geodetic Survey Meritorious Service Ribbon
  •   Coast and Geodetic Survey Good Conduct Ribbon
  •   Coast and Geodetic Survey Defense Service Ribbon
  •   Coast and Geodetic Survey Atlantic War Zone Ribbon
  •   Coast and Geodetic Survey Pacific War Zone Ribbon

Department of DefenseEdit

Department of Defense awards for civilian serviceEdit

Office of the Secretary of Defense-level awards for civilian serviceEdit

Office of the Secretary of Defense-level awards for private citizensEdit

Joint Chiefs of Staff[13]Edit

DOD Office of the Inspector General (OIG)Edit

Defense Investigative ServiceEdit

  •   Defense Investigative Service Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  •   Defense Investigative Service Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Defense POW/MIA Accounting AgencyEdit

  •   Director's Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  •   Director's Commendation for Civilian Service
  •   Director's Civilian Achievement Award
  •   DPAA Operational Team Service Medal
  •   DPAA Distinguished Public Service Medal
  •   DPAA Superior Public Service Medal

Department of the ArmyEdit

Department of the Army awards for civilian service[14]Edit

Department of the Army awards for public serviceEdit

Department of the Air ForceEdit

Awards for non-governmental personnelEdit

Department of the NavyEdit

Military Sealift CommandEdit

  •   Military Sealift Command Civilian Service Commendation Medal
  •   Military Sealift Command Civilian Service Achievement Medal
  •   Military Sealift Command Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal

Defense Commissary AgencyEdit

Defense Contract Audit AgencyEdit

  •   Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  •   Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)Edit

Defense Information Systems AgencyEdit

  •   DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  •   DISA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Intelligence AgencyEdit

  •   DIA Leadership Award
  •   DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  •   DIA Excellent Service Medal
  •   DIA Civilian Achievement Medal
  •   DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  •   DIA Director's Award
  •   DIA Civilian Combat Support Medal
  •   DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal

Defense Logistics AgencyEdit

  •   Distinguished Career Service Award
  •   Superior Civilian Service Award
  •   Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Defense Supply AgencyEdit

  •   DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)Edit

  •   DTRA Distinguished Service Award
  •   DTRA Meritorious Service Award
  •   DTRA Exceptional Service Award
  •   DTRA Honorable Civilian Service Medal
Formerly the Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA) Awards
  •   DSWA Director's Lifetime Achievement Award
  •   DSWA Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  •   DSWA Meritorious Civilian Service Award

National Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyEdit

 
NGA's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal as awarded to honorees

Formerly known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awards the following medals to honor its DoD civilian employees for outstanding service:

  •   NIMA or NGA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  •   NIMA or NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  •   NIMA or NGA Superior Civilian Service Medal
  • NIMA or NGA Meritorious Unit Citation

National Reconnaissance OfficeEdit

  •   NRO Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Medal)
  •   NRO Superior Service Medal (Silver Medal)
  •   NRO Meritorious Service Medal (Bronze Medal)
  • NRO Director's Circle Award

National Security AgencyEdit

  •   NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal

Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesEdit

  •   USUHS Distinguished Service Medal
  •   USUHS Exceptional Service Medal
  •   USUHS Outstanding Service Medal
  •   USUHS Commendable Service Medal
  •   USUHS Medal of Achievement

Department of EducationEdit

Employee awardsEdit

  •   Secretary's Golden Apple Award
  •   Secretary's Executive Leadership Award
  •   Secretary's Supervisory Leadership Award
  •   Secretary's Innovation Award
  •   Secretary's Customer Service Award
  •   Secretary's Teamwork Award
  •   Secretary's Diversity and Inclusion Award
  •   Secretary's Collaboration Award
  •   ED Peer Recognition Award
  •   James P. Keenan Award

Public awardsEdit

 
Insignia that designates a Blue Ribbon School
  •   Presidential Scholar Medallion – Awarded to the nation's top 141 graduating high school seniors. 20 of these are Presidential Scholars in the Arts. This award is commissioned under an executive order from the President. Recipients are chosen under the Department of Education, and visit the White House to meet the President.
  •   President's Education Awards Program (PEAP)
    • PEAP—Excellence Award for Elementary Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Blue Pin)
    • PEAP—Excellence Award for Middle Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Red Pin)
    • PEAP—Excellence Award for High Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Black Pin)
    • PEAP—Achievement Award for Elementary, Middle and High Schools (with Certificate and Silver Seal in White Pin)
  •   National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
  •   National Green Ribbon Schools Program

Department of EnergyEdit

In June 2007, Secretary Samuel Bodman introduced a new awards program[16] for non-monetary recognition of its employees and contractors.

Secretary's Honor Awards
Honor awards that are presented annually and replaces the previous Secretary's Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
  1. The James R. Schlesinger Award – recipient receives a polished brass and mahogany clock along with a shadow box framed calligraphy certificate signed by the Secretary of Energy and a commemorative medal honoring former Secretary of Energy James R. Schlesinger.
  2. Secretary of Energy's Excellence Award – recipient receives a crystal medallion award and leather-encased certificate
  3. Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award – recipient receives a crystal statue award and leather-encased certificate
Secretary's Appreciation Award
Appreciation awards that are presented at any time
Departure Awards
Departure awards may be presented upon retirement or departure from the agency
  1. Secretary of Energy's Exceptional Service Award
  2. Secretary of Energy's Distinguished Service Award
  3. Secretary of Energy's Meritorious Service Award
  •   DOE Award for Valor
  •   DOE Secretary's Award
  •   DOE Exceptional Service Medal
  •   DOE Meritorious Service Award

Department of Health and Human ServicesEdit

  •   Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service
  •   Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service
  •   HHS Distinguished Public Service Award
  •   HHS Award for Excellence in Management
  •   Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America
  •   HHS Career Achievement Award
  •   Secretary’s Recognition Award
  •   Secretary’s Special Citation
  •   Secretary’s Certificate of Appreciation
  •   Secretary's Letter of Appreciation
  •   Superior Accomplishment Award - Special Act or Service
  •   Superior Accomplishment Award - Suggestions
  •   Superior Accomplishment Award - Inventions

National Institutes of HealthEdit

  •   NIH Director's Award – Scientific/Medical
  •   NIH Director's Award – Technical/Clerical/Support
  •   NIH Director's Award – Administrative
  •   NIH Director's Award – Mentoring

Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health ServiceEdit

Other Public Health Service Association Ribbons

  •   Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
  •   Commissioned Officers Association
  •   Reserve Officers Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)Edit

  •   CDC/ATSDR William Watson Medal of Excellence (no ribbon)

President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and NutritionEdit

Most of these awards are to be terminated 30 June 2018.[17]

Department of Homeland SecurityEdit

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionEdit

  • Commissioners Integrity Award
  •   Border Patrol Newton Azrak Award
  •   Commissioners Distinguished Career Service Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  •   Commissioners Exceptional Service Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  •   Commissioners Meritorious Service Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  •   Commissioners Special Commendation Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  •   Border Patrol Chief's Commendation (Awarded from 2002–2004)
  •   Border Patrol Excellence in Group Achievement (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  •   Border Patrol Purple Cross
  •   Border Patrol Academy Honor Graduate Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  •   Border Patrol Long Service Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  •   Border Patrol 75th Anniversary Medal (No Longer Authorized for Wear)

Federal Emergency Management AgencyEdit

U.S. Coast GuardEdit

For authorized military awards, visit "Awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard"

Civilian Service AwardsEdit

  •   Commandant's Superior Achievement Award
  •   Commandant's Distinguished Career Service Award
  •   Coast Guard Civilian Employee of the Year Award
  •   Coast Guard Civilian Service Commendational Medal
  •   Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation
  •   Coast Guard Official Letter of Commendation

Public Service AwardsEdit

U.S. Secret ServiceEdit

  •   Director's Award of Valor
  •   Director's Lifesaving Award
  •   Director's Impact Award
  •   Director's Distinguished Service Award

Transportation Security AdministrationEdit

Department of the InteriorEdit

Honor Awards

  •   Distinguished Service Award
  •   Meritorious Service Award
  •   Unit Award for Excellence of Service
  •   Superior Service Award
  •   Citizen's Award for Exceptional Service
  •   Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aviation Safety

Heroic Act Honor Awards

  •   Valor Award
  •   Citizen's Award for Bravery
  •   Exemplary Act Award

Other Honor Awards

Department of JusticeEdit

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and ExplosivesEdit

Drug Enforcement AdministrationEdit

Federal Bureau of InvestigationEdit

Federal Bureau of PrisonsEdit

Department of StateEdit

Department of TransportationEdit

Department of the TreasuryEdit

American Battle Monuments CommissionEdit

  •   Distinguished Service Service Ribbon
  •   Superior Service Service Ribbon
  •   Meritorious Service Service Ribbon
  •   Commendable Service Ribbon
  •   Distinguished Public Service Service Ribbon
  •   Superior Public Service Service Ribbon
  •   Meritorious Public Service Ribbon

Broadcasting Board of GovernorsEdit

Environmental Protection AgencyEdit

  •   EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service (individual and group)
  •   EPA Silver Medal for Superior Service (individual and group)
  •   EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service (individual and group)
  •   EPA Distinguished Career Service Award
  •   Paul G. Keough Award for Administrative Excellence
  •   Glenda A. Farmer Award for Exemplary Technical Support
  •   Trudy A. Speciner Non-Supervisory Award for Advancing Environmental Protection
  •   President's Environmental Youth Award[4]

General Services AdministrationEdit

  •   GSA Design Excellence Award in Federal Architecture
  •   Travel & Relocation Excellence Award
  •   GSA Gold Star Award for Excellence in Implementing the Federal Computers for Learning Program (Executive Order 12999)
  •   Miles Romney Achievement Award for Innovation in Personal Property Management
  •   Bob Baker Fleet Manager of the Year Awards program
  •   GSA Federal Aviaton Program Awards program
  •   GSA Achievement Award for Real Property Best Practices and Innovation
  •   GSA Federal Mail Best Practices Awards program

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Edit

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s most prestigious honor awards are approved by the NASA administrator and presented to carefully selected individuals or groups of individuals, either government and non-government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the agency’s mission.[20]

Early NASA references to award criteria grouped many awards into equal positions in the order of precedence. Beginning in 1965, references to the order of precedence were dropped from regulations regarding specific awards. The current order of precedence for NASA medals is:[21][22]

National Science Foundation (NSF)Edit

Office of Personnel ManagementEdit

Selective Service SystemEdit

President's Council on Year 2000 ConversionEdit

  •   Y2K Service Medal

United States Agency for International DevelopmentEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/awards_presidential.html Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management
  3. ^ http://www.preserveamerica.gov/presidentialaward.html Preserve America Presidential Awards
  4. ^ a b http://www.epa.gov/peya/ President's Environmental Youth Awards
  5. ^ "The Award". Presidentialserviceawards.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 24, 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  7. ^ a b c "Intelligence Community Directive Number 655" (PDF). February 9, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  8. ^ CIA web page, Medals of the CIA Archived October 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 30, 2007. Retrieved October 27, 2007.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2007. Retrieved October 27, 2007.
  11. ^ "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". April 1, 2009. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". December 2, 2008. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
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  16. ^ http://humancapital.doe.gov/pers/SecretaryBodmanMemo.pdf DOE Secretary Awards Program
  17. ^ SuperTracker will be discontinued on June 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "The Secretary's Awards 2015". United States Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  19. ^ "DHS Distinguished Public Service Medal". Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  20. ^ McCann, Mike (November 2008). "Agency Honor Awards". Archived from the original on July 16, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
  21. ^ Bender, James and Strandberg, John E. The Call Of Duty (expanded edition) January 1, 2005, p. 487.
  22. ^ "Agency Honor Awards". NASA Awards. NASA. Retrieved 30 May 2018.