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Help Pick This Year’s Government All-Star Team

Nominations are open for the second annual Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards.

Last year, for the first time, Government Executive picked an elite group of federal managers, executives and industry partners to receive the Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards. Today, we’re launching the process of finding and honoring the 2020 class. You can make your nomination here.

The Teddies, as they’re affectionately known, recognize an all-star team of distinguished leaders for outstanding achievement in delivering on government’s promise to serve the American people. Each year two winners are chosen chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Visionaries: Those with a proven ability to generate new ideas and new approaches to addressing critical issues. They’re genuinely creative in their approach, and eagerly take on big problems. 
  • Directors: Those who have earned the support and enthusiasm of their teams and leveraged it to achieve demonstrable results. These leaders put a premium on employee engagement, goal-setting and program management.
  • Pathfinders: Those who bring the best information technology solutions available into the federal sphere. For some, that involves exploring the application of leading-edge technologies to government. For others, it means implementing currently commercially available products and services to solve specific problems.
  • Defenders: Those who have stood out in the effort to protect the United States, demonstrating significant achievement in achieving goals that advance the country’s security interests at home and abroad.
  • Partners: Those at non-government organizations and private-sector companies that have tailored their products and services for the federal market. This category recognizes significant, lasting achievements by government’s cross-sector partners in helping federal officials meet mission goals.

A selection committee made up of prominent figures in government management and public administration will pick the 2020 Teddy Award winners from among this year’s group of nominees. 

Last year’s honorees included Daniel Altman, assistant inspector general for investigations at the U.S Agency for International Development; Mary Leftridge Byrd, federal security director for the state of Georgia at the Transportation Security Administration; Mia Jordan, assistant chief information officer, Rural Development, at the Agriculture Department; and Wendi Weber, Northeast regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

They were recognized, along with the inaugural members of the Government Hall of Fame, at a gala event in Washington last fall. This year’s gala will take place Oct. 8 at the Washington National Cathedral. 

Click here to make your Teddy Award nomination