The Service is a mission oriented organization committed to the accomplishments of goals and objectives. To ensure the success of our programs, we have developed an exciting employee recognition program that encourages employee excellence through a variety of methods, including honor awards, monetary awards for special acts and performance, non-monetary awards, time off awards, and quality step increases.
The two main purposes of the Service’s reorganization and award program are to allow flexibility in recognizing individual and group achievements and to acknowledge contributions that lead to the achievement of results. The Program objectives are to encourage all employees to actively share in improving Government operations, enhance productivity and creativity, and optimize personal job satisfaction.Monetary Awards - we have 2 types of awards, the Special Thanks for Achieving Results (STAR) award and the performance award.
- A STAR award is granted for a one time accomplishment or project that was above and beyond the employee’s daily activities.
- A performance award is granted based on the employees’ rating on their annual performance appraisal. Employees who receive a level 4 or 5 rating are eligible for consideration for a monetary or time off award. Employees who receive a level 5 are also eligible for a quality step increase award.
- Honor awards are a prestigious form of recognition bestowed on employees and partners-in-mission for significant accomplishments and contribution to the Service’s and Department’s mission. For more information, see 224 FW 6 -- Honor Awards
- Informal Honors and other Non-Monetary Awards are designed to be a quick tool for managers to immediately recognize an employee’s achievements. A few examples include items with the Service logo (shirts or coffee mugs) or letters of appreciation. Another great option is a gift card/certificate to a local store. While employees are responsible for the tax liability on gift cards, this type of reorganization is very popular.
Specific Information on the program can be found at:
- 224 FW 3 -- Awards and Recognition Program
- 224 FW 4 -- Monetary Awards
- 224 FW 5 -- Non-Monetary Recognition and Informal Honors
- 224 FW 6 -- Honor Awards
- 224 FW 7 -- Unsung Hero Awards
- 224 FW 1 – Performance System
- DOI Human Resources Management Handbook -- Awards and Recognition Program
- 370 DM 430 -- Performance Appraisal Handbook
All awards require a completed DI 451, Department of the Interior Award Certification.
Completed forms for Region 9 employees should be submitted to Rebekah Giddings, HR-2000 Arlington Square.