Nomination Guidelines

2021 Award Nominations Closed Friday, April 30.
Please contact Carly Miller with questions.

Nomination requirements have been updated for 2021.
Please closely review the guidelines below before submitting a nomination.

To be eligible for a Leadership Award, a nominated state or local government defined contribution/deferred compensation program, project, or activity must meet the following requirements:

  • The program, project, or activity must have been implemented between January 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021;
  • Must not only be making federally required changes;
  • Governmental staff must have played a role in developing and/or implementing the program, project, or activity.

Nominations should include the following:

  • A completed online nomination form (below).
  • One PDF document containing:
    • A one-page summary containing:
      1. Plan profile – type(s) of plans offered, asset size, number of participants, industry partner(s), etc.
      2. Background information – details about the need/problem that the project was designed to meet/solve for
      3. Goals – brief overview of the intended outcomes
      4. In their own words – brief quote (one to two sentences) from plan sponsor(s) or other staff justifying why the nomination deserves an award
    • A written justification containing:
      1. Detailed description of the project – timeline, significance of the improvement to the operation of the plan, examples (e.g., images, screenshots, etc.)
      2. Results – key outcomes and measurable benefits (i.e., KPIs)
      3. Feasibility of use by other governments of a similar size

Please note: The PDF document should not exceed five pages. If the format outlined above isn’t met your submission will be returned to you and possibly not scored.

Questions? Please contact Carly Miller at

The NAGDCA Awards Committee would like to let you in on a few judging secrets to help you prepare successful nominations for the 2021 Leadership Awards program. Learn five tips for developing a winning nomination in the video below.

NAGDCA Awards Committee Vice-Chair Brooke Rowden, MOSERS, shares five tips for developing a successful Leadership Award nomination.