NextGen Public Service Awards
Nominations are now closed for 2022.

GovLoop is proud to host the NextGen Public Service Awards for superior public service and achievement each year at the NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit. The awards recognize deserving individuals selected from the public service community for their intelligence, exuberance and dedication to improving and invigorating government.


General Information

Nominations will be accepted from now through July 11, 2022. Award winners will be notified the week of Aug. 1, 2022, and the category winners are honored at the NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit on Sept. 21, 2022.

Please read more about the award categories and their specific attributes. The selection committee will determine and assign categories based on the information submitted via the nomination form.

Nominations can be submitted for individuals and teams of four or fewer people. We understand that it takes a village to make change happen, however, we limit the award recognition to four or fewer people who represent the larger team and their achievements.

Nominator Eligibility

Nominators can be anyone—govie, non-govie, colleague, friend, family, supervisor or neighbor. However, we do not accept self-nominations.

Nominee Eligibility

While nominators are not required to be government employees, nominees must be a current government employee and can work at any level of government.

When submitting the nomination form, please provide accomplishments that have occurred within the last three years. We’d like to ensure the finalists are being recognized for recent achievements taking place in government.

GovLoop is proud to host the NextGen Public Service Awards for superior public service and achievement each year at the NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit. The awards recognize deserving individuals selected from the public service community for their intelligence, exuberance and dedication to improving and invigorating government.

Please join us in celebrating the public servants selected as this year's award recipients.



2022 NextGen Public Service Award Winners

DE&I Champion

Marc Wernick
Budget Analyst, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Management 


Scott Robertson
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor


Advancing Tech Pioneer

Grace Chai, PharmD, MPH
Associate Director for Special Initiatives, Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Dervin Diggs
GSA Startup Springboard Program Team Lead, GSA FAS Office of Information Technology

Manager/Supervisor of the Year

Stephen Bundy
Field Supervisor DHSMV Region VIII, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Everette Denny
Housekeeping Supervisor, Indian Health Service, Tsalie, Arizona

Outstanding Colleagues

Chris Nguyen
Training Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Margaret Montano
Supervisory Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), Albuquerque Field Office

Communicator of the Year

Paul Navarro
Chief Deputy State Auditor, Operations, California State Auditor

Hollie Bodiford-Taylor
Program Manager (ICIMS), Office of Laboratory Safety, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Innovator of the Year

Robert Carpenter
Quality Control Section Chief, ASPR Division of Strategic National Stockpile, Centers for Disease Control

Jillian Husman
Special Agent, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General