Established in 1948, the Flemming Awards honor outstanding federal employees. Recognized by the president of the United States, agency heads and the private sector, the winners are selected from all areas of the federal service.
The George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration coordinates the awards and hosts an annual award presentation ceremony.
Notable recipients of the Flemming Awards include Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Paul Volcker Jr., John Chancellor, Neil Armstrong, Mary Elizabeth Hanford (now Elizabeth Dole), Robert Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci and William Phillips.
More than 500 individuals have received the award to date.