Nomination Guidelines

Nominations due – Friday, April 30.
Click here to learn more about award categories and eligibility details.

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.

2021 Leadership Award Nomination Form

Please select the award category for which you are submitting a nomination.
Nominations will be accepted for this award from any of the original four award categories listed above. All submitted nominations can receive an award whether or not they win in their original submitted category. Select "Yes" below to submit this nomination for a COVID-19 Response Award.
Plan asset size/plan resources will be taken into consideration during the scoring process.
Please enter a brief description of the project. If the project is awarded, this description will be used on the website and in the awards publication.
Please list the names and titles of the staff that played a significant role in developing the project.
Please list the names, titles, and companies of the industry partner(s) who played a significant role in this project.
Please upload one PDF document containing: one-page summary, written justification, and supporting examples. The document should not exceed five pages.
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