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Civilian Awards

Purpose:  The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the promotion of diversity and inclusion among the Federal and District of Columbia Government work force and the AAPI communities.

Event and Date:

Awards will be given out at the FAPAC National Leadership Training Program held each year in the month of May to coincide with Asian Pacific American Islander Heritage Month.

Download the Award Announcement and Nomination Form Here (doc)

Download the Nomination Form only (doc)

Performance Period:  Each Fiscal Year or Calendar Year

Nomination Applications Open: Now

Award Submission Deadline: ENDED

Point of Contact:

Evaluation Process

The Award Committee will comprise of a Panel of Judges to review the application and will use the following evaluation criteria set forth below.  Each Criteria will be rated equally as 20 points each, equals to 100%.

  1. Criteria 1: Assist the Agency in recruiting, promoting, establishing, and maintaining an effective and equitable participation of AAPIs in the workforce;
  2. Criteria 2: Promote recognition of AAPI's competencies, overall awareness of the impact of AAPIs' cultures, contributions, work ethics, and behavior related to the agency’s employment;
  3. Criteria 3: Promote mentoring, initiate, lead and encourage employees to participate in program activities that will benefit the career training, career development and advancement of AAPIs in the workforce.  Establish and maintain channels of communication and goodwill between AAPIs and other members of the workforce;
  4. Criteria 4: Organize program activities that advocate equal opportunity for AAPIs in the Federal and District of Columbia government. Promote a better understanding among AAPIs and non-AAPIs in the workplace and assist to resolve problems of equality for the AAPIs including equal employment opportunities; and
  5. Criteria 5: Achieve personal career development goals in displaying exceptional leadership qualities that will inspire others to follow. Advocate for civil rights, diversity and equal opportunity within the particular department or agency.

The Award Committee will comprise of Panel of Judges and a Committee Chair to review and select the award winner(s) and shall present the results to the FAPAC President for final review and approval. In case of a tie, the Committee Chair will be the tie breaker.

Once the selection of the award winners are approved, the Committee Chair will notify each awardee via email in a formal letter of invitation to attend that is signed by the FAPAC President.  The invitation will include a one (1) complimentary dinner ticket to attend the Award Ceremony but it does not include travel expenses for the awardee.  If the awardee wishes to purchase additional dinner tickets, this can be done by contacting the Award Committee Chair to purchase additional tickets for additional attendees.

Please direct any additional questions to the award committee at

Award Categories

  1. Outstanding Individual Leadership: Individual who has shown bold leadership and innovative ways in promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action and Diversity.
  2. Excellence in Individual Achievement: Individual who has shown the greatest contribution toward the AAPI representation at all levels as compared to the total AAPI population as a whole.
  3. Diversity Excellence: Individual who has shown a remarkable contribution towards diversity and inclusion through collaboration and against all odds.

There are three award categories with each award category being presented to one winner in each grade cluster: 

  1. Grade 1-12, 
  2. Grade 13-15, and 
  3. Grade SES.

Submission Process

Various Agencies may submit a nominee using the attached Nomination Form and based upon the set criteria below. Nomination package from a submitting Agency official must submit packages via the online submission form by the above deadline.

Nomination or winner packages shall include, at a minimum, the items listed below. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

  1. Award Nomination Form Only Download Here
  2. A Letter of Nomination by the Nominating Official not to exceed two (2) pages (single-spaced, 12 pitch font) that highlights and specifies the achievements related to Nominee for award consideration
  3. The Nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resume may be attached to supplement the Nominating Official’s submission.

FAPAC is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.
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