John J. Franke Award
JOHN J. FRANKE AWARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 John J. Franke Award. This award recognizes an individual who, as a Federal government employee, has made significant and continuing contributions to a more effective and collaborative government and done so with integrity and exceptional professionalism. Nominations are due to ACT-IAC by April 21, 2017. The award will be presented on May 22 at the Management of Change Conference in Cambridge, MD. Additional information is provided below.
John J. Franke
John J. Franke was a long-time government employee who epitomized excellence in public service. His government career included service as a Marine in Korea, a county commissioner in Kansas, the Regional Administrator of EPA and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Department of Agriculture. After seven years in that position be was appointed Director of the Federal Quality Institute where he championed the cause of good government. His service to the country was cut short by his untimely death in 1991 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Throughout his career John Franke was known for his commitment to better government, his loyalty and support for those who worked for him and his adherence to the highest professional standards. Those who knew him and worked with him remember him as someone who believed in the basic goodness of people, and valued every person no matter what their position in the organization. Despite being a political appointee, he was on a first name basis with secretaries, mail clerks, guards, and janitors.
He made all employees feel important. He also believed in the importance of working together. He often said, "We'll make progress by using a little common sense and by getting people to talk to each other."
ACT-IAC is soliciting nominees who exemplify the characteristics and standards demonstrated by John J. Franke.
The ideal nominee will be a career or long-term public servant, either currently in or recently departed from public service, whose accomplishments extend over a significant period of time. The awards committee will also consider individuals whose government service was shorter if the accomplishments were significant. The nominee should exhibit the following characteristics:
- Collaborator who actively encourages people to work together
- Thought leader with a commitment to public service and better government
- Open to new ideas and willing to take risks in the interests of creating better outcomes
- Loyalty to people and ability to create an environment where employees can succeed and grow
- Reputation for integrity and adherence to the highest professional standards
- Works across government at all levels
- Record of engagement in ACT-IAC
Previous winners are listed below.
Due date: Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 21
Send to: Nominations should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Franke Nomination”
Required Nomination Information:
Each nomination must include the following information in order to be considered. (You may nominate yourself or someone else.)
Nominator Information -- Provide the name, title, organization and contact information for the person submitting the nomination
Nominee Information - Provide the name, title, organization and contact information for the person being nominated.
Nominee Qualifications -- Describe the individual and why he/she should be considered for the John J. Franke Award. What are the person’s accomplishments? How has he/she demonstrated the characteristics exemplified by John J. Franke? How has this person distinguished himself/herself from others who are at a similar professional level?
ACT-IAC Engagement - Describe the nominee’s involvement and engagement in ACT-IAC.
Other Information - Provide any additional information you believe should be considered by the ACT Executive Committee as it considers the nominee.
Additional information. For questions and additional information on this request, please contact Ken Allen (email@example.com).
- 2016 - Robert Suda, Suda and Associates
- 2015 - Martha Dorris, General Services Administration
- 2014 - Mary Davie, General Services Administration
- 2013 - Dave McClure, General Services Administration
- 2012 - John Okay, Department of Agriculture and Lisa Schlosser, OMB
- 2011 - Roger Baker, Department of Veterans Affairs
- 2010 - Jim Williams, General Services Administration
- 2009 - John Johnson, General Services Administration
- 2008 - Karen Evans, Office of Management and Budget
- 2007 - Kevin Carroll, Department of the Army
- 2006 - David Wennergren, Department of Defense
- 2005 - John Gilligan, Department of the Air Force
- 2004 - Sandra Bates, General Services Administration
- 2003 - Ira Hobbs, Department of the Treasury
- 2002 - Dave Borland, General Services Administration
- 2001 - Jim Flyzik, Department of the Treasury
- 2000 - Marty Wagner, General Services Administration