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Federal Employee of the Year Awards

Eight (8) non-monetary awards


  1. Rookie of the Year – Outstanding performance by a new employee, regardless of grade or series, who had less than 18 months of service as of 12/31/14.
  2. Employee of the Year – Outstanding performance by any employee, regardless of grade or series, who had more than 18 months of service as of 12/31/14.
  3. Supervisor of the Year – Outstanding performance by a supervisor, regardless of grade or series.
  4. Executive of the Year – Outstanding achievement by an executive level manager, who demonstrably links supervisory leadership to outstanding group performance and achievement of the agency mission.
  5. Outstanding Customer Service – Outstanding achievement by an employee, regardless of grade or series, who exemplifies the attributes of internal and/or external customer service to which all Federal employees’ should strive.
  6. Improved Federal Image – Achievement or action that resulted in a better public image and understanding of the Federal government.
  7. Special Project or Achievement – Outstanding achievement by an individual or team, regardless of grade or series, leading to a significant accomplishment toward achieving the agency mission.
  8. Scientific Project or Achievement – Outstanding achievement by an individual or team, regardless of grade or series, leading to a significant scientific accomplishment toward achieving the agency mission.

These awards recognize on the job performance from January 1 – December 31, 2014

January 1 - February 28, 2015 (Deadline is 5:00 pm MST)

May 5, 2015 | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
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  • Anyone can prepare a nomination providing that they have first-hand knowledge of the nominee and the nominee’s duties, and they have permission from the nominee and the Agency Director to submit the nomination.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • One nomination per agency, per category, multiple entries will result in disqualification
  • All nominations must be approved and authorized by the Agency Director


Previous winners are not eligible

Nominees must be a:

  • Legal resident of the state of Colorado or serving in Colorado, if military
  • Full time employee of a federal government agency (civilian, military or postal) within the State of Colorado for a minimum of twelve (12) months prior to December 31, 2014.


  • The Selection Committee is comprised of members of the Colorado Federal Executive Board (CFEB) Executive Committee and federal agencies in Colorado.
  • The selections will be based on an assessment of the scope, impact, and outcomes of the nominee’s contributions
  • The winners will be notified by April 10, 2014


  • One nomination per nominee
  • Nominations must be completed online by 5:00 pm (MST), February 28, 2015
  • We recommend that you download the following Nomination Criteria document and gather all the information you will need before starting the online nomination.









Rebecca Garrison, Defense Contract Management Agency
Rookie of the Year

Rebecca Garrison assumed her current position as a Contract Administration Keystone, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Lockheed Martin Denver in March 2013. She currently serves as a lead specialist on the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.  The program provides affordable, assured access to space for the Department of Defense by providing space launch vehicles that take defense assets from earth-to-orbit.  She is responsible for the post-award administration of United Launch Services contracts with values ranging from $844M to $3.6B. The EELV program’s major customers she interfaces with are the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, National Reconnaissance Office, Office of Space Launch, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Two of her many achievements in 2013 included administering three major contracts valued at $16B and identifying $1M in accounting errors that averted a $518K overpayment.  Rebecca has completed all requirements to be a Level I Certified Acquisition Professional in Contracting and is in the process of obtaining her Level II certification.  She consistently introduces cost saving initiatives into her organization while developing new training programs to improve procurement efficiency.

Cynthia Dewey, Office of Personnel Management
Employee of the Year

Cynthia Dewey is an Education Program Director at the Center for Leadership Development, Office of Personnel Management in Aurora, Colorado where she has over twenty years of experience with senior level program management, leadership education and training for adult learners.  She is responsible for providing expert guidance and thought leadership in assessing, researching, designing, developing and evaluating leadership development programs that support the needs of Federal sector leaders.  Cynthia’s effectiveness and proficiency in defining training and developmental goals, objectives, and methodologies to meet unique Agency training needs is well-renowned. Cynthia’s extensive annual portfolio consists of over $2.2M worth of training programs all of which are 100% cost recovery to ensure efficiency and effectiveness when pricing courses for clients.  She was hand-selected to design, direct, deliver and integrate a leadership program for front-line/emerging leaders within an intelligence community’s leadership/training portfolio – ultimately resulting in over 1200 successfully trained leaders  She currently manages and directs an innovative and highly competitive, year-long senior-level leadership development program founded on Action Learning/Action Science using real organizational issues as the field for leadership learning bringing brainpower, attention and energy to focus on strategic organizational challenges to senior leaders.

Lt Col Warren Brainard, United States Air Force
Supervisor of the Year

Lieutenant Colonel Warren Brainard is the Chief, Security Forces Operations Branch, Headquarters Air Force Space Command. He is responsible to the Director A7S for the organization, training, equipping and maintaining over 1,500 Security Forces personnel for rapid deployment and employment in support of 5 wings and 10 stations. In this capacity he integrates the active defense and security policy, guidance, and antiterrorism actions for Air Force Space Command assets worldwide, protecting and defending the physical assets of space and cyberspace capabilities supporting North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world.

Colonel Brainard hails from Eugene, Oregon and began his military service as an enlisted member in the Air Force serving as a law enforcement specialist. He was selected for and commissioned through Officer Training School in August 1996. His commissioned assignments include duties as a convoy commander with intercontinental ballistic missile systems, air refueling wings, and air base squadrons in operations, training, planning, and staff assignments in the Security Forces career field. He has worked at squadron, major command, and Air Staff level in various positions, including as a squadron commander for the 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron and 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, and the 721st Security Forces Squadron at Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO and been deployed in support of Operations ALLIED FORCE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.

Kennard Hall, Defense Contract Management Agency
Executive of the Year

Kennard R. (Ken) Hall assumed his current position as Deputy Director, Defense Contract Management Agency, Lockheed Martin Denver in October 2007.  From July 2009 through July 2010, he served as Acting Director of the Contract Management Office's 180 civilian and military personnel.  This plant resident office is responsible for $23B in acquisitions with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, and United Launch Alliance in addition to an $11M Annual Operating Budget.  Major customers are the U.S. Air Force and NASA. Offices are located in metropolitan Denver, CO and Decatur, AL.

A native of Temple, Texas, Mr. Hall received his commission as a U. S. Navy Supply Corps Ensign from Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island in 1973 and retired as a Captain in 2003.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Abilene Christian College and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California.  While at Abilene Christian, he was the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and served as a Research Fellow in biology at Harvard University. Mr. Hall is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, DC and the Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Advanced Management Program.  He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Corps, certified Level III in contracting, and a Certified Professional Contracts Manager.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hall led large organizations with complex budget and fiscal challenges during periods of substantial change.  Command positions included Commanding Officer, Naval Regional Contracting Center, Singapore and Commander, DCMA Northern Europe located in London, England.  He possesses extensive experience in government business in the fields of contracting, acquisition, and logistics; operationally as well as in management and policy.

James Carroll, Defense Contract Management Agency
Outstanding Customer Service

James Carroll is the Lead Engineer for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) on a new Integrated Cost Analysis Team (ICAT). He is responsible for leading a team of engineers in the technical evaluation of proposals within a multi-billion dollar portfolio of Lockheed-Martin Space Systems Company and United Launch Alliance programs. The purpose of the ICAT is to establish fair and reasonable negotiating positions for Department of Defense and NASA contracting officers.

Mr. Carroll joined DCMA in 2008 as a systems engineer on the NASA Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (formerly Orion) and transitioned to the GPSIII program as a test engineer prior to being assigned to his current position on the ICAT. Prior to DCMA, Mr. Carroll worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an engineer within the Small Airplane Directorate in Anchorage, AK. He initially entered federal service in 2005 when he commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) and served as a test engineer at Los Angeles AFB working on communication satellites. He currently serves as a Captain in the USAF Reserves at Schriever AFB, CO.

Jose De La Cruz, DHS Transportation Security Agency
Improved Federal Image

Jose De La Cruz joined TSA as a Screening Supervisor September 1, 2002, in Birmingham, Alabama.  He transferred to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in September of the same year was assigned under the collateral-duty Bomb Appraisal Officer on a full-time basis.  In December 2005, he was assigned to TSA HQ Office of Internal Affairs-Special Operations-Red Team as a Team Leader/Inspector. As the unit’s Explosives Technician, he was in charge of the design and construction of items used for Covert Testing. He was promoted to Explosives Specialist for Colorado Springs, Colorado, in June, 2007, where he currently serves as a National Explosives Instructor.

Jose has worked with DEA and US Customs on numerous cases involving multi-state drug trafficking cases as the lead/undercover agent, as well as many Law Enforcement Bomb Squads throughout the US.  He maintains a high level of interagency cooperation with the Colorado Springs Police Department Bomb Squad and Regional Explosives Unit and serves as a mentor to new Bomb Squad members.  He holds certifications and training in US Army-RCTA Undercover Operations, Advanced Weapons and Tactics, US Customs/FLETC Airborne Counter Drug Operations, US Army Military Police Special Weapons and Counter Drug Operations School, and DEA’s Narcotics Agent Training.

Data Mining Team, DOI Office of Natural Resources Revenue
Lorraine Corona, Susan Long, Glen Reese, Donna Hogan, Allen Vigil, Dena Delgado
Special Project or Achievement

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) within the Department of Interior collects money from companies who produce oil, gas, and solid minerals from lands owned by the Federal government and Native American Indians.  ONRR then gives this money to States, Indian Tribes and individuals, and other Federal agencies that use the money for education, road maintenance, day-to-day living expenses, and a variety of other beneficial uses.  Companies submit thousands of monthly reports and payments to ONRR detailing the products sold from the Federal and Indian lands.  In FY 2013, ONRR collected over $14 billion.  ONRR has several organizations that help ensure that we collect every dollar due.  Data Mining is one of those organizations.  They “mine” the data to look for missing reports and inconsistencies between company reports.  In CY 2013, Data Mining collected over $22 million that was not originally reported and paid by the oil, gas, and solid mineral companies.  The benefits of Data Mining activities include:

  •  Collecting additional money not initially reported and paid.
  • Providing accurate data to the recipients of ONRR collections such as States, Indian Tribes and individuals, and other Federal agencies.
  • Ensuring statistical data posted to ONRR’s website is accurate.
  • Allowing downstream compliance activities to concentrate on real issues versus bad reporting.
  • Helping industry correct reporting and make payments faster since the data under review is current and not stored in offsite archives.

Optical Atomic Clock Team, DOC National Institute of Standards & Technology
Dr. Andrew Ludlow, Dr. Christopher Oates, Dr. Jung Ye
Scientific Project or Achievement

NIST research groups at JILA and NIST-Boulder have been pursuing next generation optical atomic clocks based upon lasers whose frequencies are locked to ultra-narrow transitions in large samples of neutral atoms held in laser traps, termed “optical lattices”.  The group at JILA, led by Dr. Jun Ye, has demonstrated unprecedented clock performance with strontium atoms, while the team at NIST-Boulder, led by Dr. Andrew Ludlow and Dr. Chris Oates, has reached new levels of atomic clock precision using ytterbium atoms.  Recent results by these groups have considerably advanced atomic clock performance and could one day lead to a new definition of the second.  Both groups consist of a number of outstanding scientists and students who have contributed significantly to the research honored here and represented today by these NIST scientists.  This trio shares “family” roots as they all performed their Ph. D. thesis experiments in the same room at the University of Colorado (Dr. Ye and Dr. Oates under the guidance of NIST Nobel Laureate Dr. John Hall, and Dr. Ludlow, some years later, under the guidance of Dr. Ye). 


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