SEA Members Serve on OPM Presidential Rank Awards Review Board
Serving on this year’s Presidential Rank Awards Board was my first time. I was intrigued after seeing a notice in a recent SEA Weekly Alert. I decided to “give it a go” and signed onto one of the four sessions. There were 6 teams of 3 reviewers and each team reviewed 15 nominations. We reviewed both SES and SL/ST nominations. SES nominees were evaluated against Program Results and Executive Leadership criteria and SL/ST nominees were evaluated against Program Results and Stature in Professional Field ones. Each team was asked to only rate each nominee and provide our scores. OPM tallies the scores and makes the final decisions. From my perspective, nomination write-ups with specific quantifiable results scored higher.
I was impressed by the commitment and desire to continue giving back exhibited by all 18 retired SES reviewers serving that day. I had the pleasure of being paired with Bill Brown retired SES from Army Corps of Engineers and Charles Holland, retired SES from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency both of whom are members of SEA. I even put in a plug for joining the SEA.
The day was rewarding and I plan to volunteer again next year. I would encourage others to consider doing the same. If interested in learning more or signing up to participate next year, please contact the OPM PRA program office at PRAprogram@opm.gov.