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Program Information

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PURPOSE

The Secretary of Energy Community Service Awards Program, which is an extension of the President's Volunteer Service Awards Program is designed to promote community service among DOE federal employees. Awards are non-competitive; all nominees meeting minimum specified criteria will receive an award. (http://www.usafreedomcorps.gov/for_volunteers/awards_scholarships/presidents_council.asp)

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to receive an award if:

  • You are a DOE Federal employee;
  • You performed a total of 25 (twenty-five) hours or more of bona fide community service during the eligibility period. (The eligibility period will be announced annually by the DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.)
  • The community service activity was unrelated to your normal assigned duties and responsibilities;
  • The community service was not discriminatory in nature, and was not associated with an entity which practices unlawful discrimination;
  • The community service was not political in nature, and did not violate federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations; and
  • Honoring the community service activity would not compromise the integrity or independence of the Department in any way, nor create embarrassment for the Department.

All community service activity qualifies, regardless of whether it took place during or after normal duty hours. Each employee may receive a maximum of one award per year. (In cases where there is a dispute regarding eligibility, The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity will make the final determination, in consultation with the Office of the Secretary.)

THE AWARD

The award consists of a certificate signed by the Secretary, conveying appreciation for the employee's community service efforts. Monetary awards and administrative leave are not available under this program.

TO APPLY

To apply, complete an "Application Form: Secretary of Energy Community Service Awards." Submit the completed application to your Element's Community Service Awards Coordinator on or before the deadline, as announced by the DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. Applications submitted after the deadline cannot be considered. Application forms may be obtained from your element's Community Service Awards Coordinator.

AWARDS DISTRIBUTION

Awards will be distributed at a Community Service Day event held by each Departmental program element. Contact your Element's Community Service Awards Coordinator for details regarding your local event.

PLAQUES FOR DOE ELEMENTS

In addition to the awards for individuals, plaques will be awarded to the three (3) DOE Elements with the highest participation rate in the DOE Community Service Awards Program.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information regarding the Secretary of Energy Community Service Awards Program (including an Application Form) is available from your element's Community Service Awards Coordinator.

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