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NOAA Supervisory Resource Guide

How Do I Reward an Employee?

NOAA's Incentive Awards program offers a broad range of methods for recognizing employees. Employees who have made significant contributions to the Commerce or NOAA missions may be worthy of a Commerce Honor Award (Gold or Silver Medal) or a NOAA-level award, such as the Administrator's or Bronze Medal Awards. Other accomplishments may merit a Special Act, Cash In Your Account (CIYA) or Time Off Award. In addition, many employees may be eligible for a performance award or Quality Step Increase (QSI), depending on the performance management system.

It is important to understand that most awards are available only to Federal employees or Federal organizations, in a large part due to Federal appropriations law. Non-Federal employees, such as contractors and consultants, or non-Federal organizations are only eligible to receive the Team Member of the Month Award (individuals only) and Certificates of Appreciation.

Please visit the NOAA Incentive Awards Resources Portal to learn more about the types of awards available, eligibility requirements, and the nomination and approval processes.



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