Federal Planning Division Awards

2016 Call for Nominations

Entries due by Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's time to begin preparing your submissions for the 2016 Federal Planning Division Awards Program. You'll notice that this year we've continued with the award program modifications that were instituted last year. These changes will stimulate productive competition, elevate the awards' value, and improve transparency and fairness:

  • We have created a new category for “Technical Plan.” Our profession continues to shift in response to technological and technical changes, and it is important to recognize efforts to make good use of data or technology. The criteria for this category are described in the Call for Entries linked below, but the award is meant to recognize tools, processes, or plans that are technically outstanding or innovative and don't fit neatly into other award categories.
  • We have instituted a review process that will be less vulnerable to bias and will focus on the merits of the submissions. The jury will still be assembled by a university planning program to ensure an academic focus and impartiality. However, we're now asking that submissions be “anonymized” and stripped of any indications of which firm or individual prepared the plan in order to prevent any appearance of bias from personal relationships.
  • There are three tiers of awards per category:
    • Honor Award: Recognizing the highest standards of quality among all submissions received.
    • Merit Award: Recognizing submissions that achieve a very high level of quality while not reaching the Honor level.
    • Citation Award: Submissions that possess a special aspect or unique quality deserving recognition.

The jury will decide how many awards at each level will be awarded with no limit or quota, and if no submissions are deserving, it is possible that no awards will be given. We're also going to be working to make the award‐winning submissions available for review through the division website, so that the entire community can benefit from the best practices that these award winners represent.

  • Period of eligibility: All projects or plans submitted must have been completed with the last two years (between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2016). Completion means the Final Report has been submitted and accepted/approved by the federal agency. No previously submitted projects allowed.

The FPD Award Nomination Forms must be postmarked by January 31, 2017. Winners will be notified by March 15, 2017. Winners will be presented with their awards during the Federal Planning Division Annual Awards Banquet on May 4, 2017, in New York.

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Previous Winners

View previous winners of the Federal Planning Division Awards.