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Honor Awards Program

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Since 1949, the Department has granted honor awards in the form of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals. The Gold and Silver Medals are the highest and second highest honor granted by the Secretary for distinguished and exceptional performance. The Bronze Medal is granted by the head of an operating unit or Secretarial Officer for superior performance.

Honor Awards are granted in seven categories: Leadership, Personal and Professional Service, Scientific/Engineering Achievement, Organizational Development, Customer Service, Administrative/Technical Support, or Heroism. For additional information on this program and to view previous award booklets, click one of the links below:

70th Annual Honor Awards Information
Submission Requirements

Honor Awards Criteria

Secretary’s Memorandum (Attachment 1)

HANS Nominator Training (Attachment 2)

Nomination Limitations (Attachment 3)
Citation for Certificate (Sample) (Attachment 4)

Program Booklet Citation - Sample Format (Attachment 5)

Link to HANS website

Recent Program Booklets

2017 69th Annual Honor Awards Program Book
68th Annual Honor Awards Program Book
67th Annual Honor Awards Program Book
66th Annual Honor Awards Program Book
65th Annual Honor Awards Program Book
64th Annual Honor Awards Program Book
63rd Annual Honor Awards Program Book
62ndAnnual Honor Awards Program Book

Archived Program Booklets

2000 – 2009 Program Booklets

1990 – 1999 Program Booklets

1980 – 1989 Program Booklets

1970 – 1979 Program Booklets

1960 – 1969 Program Booklets

1949 – 1959 Program Booklets

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