Last week U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley recognized 266 Commerce employees for receiving Honor Awards, the most prestigious award the Department gives out each year.
Since 1949, the Department of Commerce has recognized outstanding employees with Gold and Silver Medals at the Honor Awards. The employees’ contributions must focus on one of seven categories: Leadership, Personal and Professional Excellence, Scientific/Engineering Achievement, Organizational Development, Customer Service, Administrative/Technical Support, and Heroism.
This year teams and individuals from across the department made tremendous achievements in everything from developing innovative tools and data to help American companies grow and create new jobs, advancing our nation’s scientific and engineering leadership, and protecting our most important, sensitive technologies from being stolen and exploited by international ‘bad actors.’
At the event, Secretary Ross highlighted the important work on the awardees, saying, “this honors awards ceremony is an opportunity for me personally to thank you for the outstanding accomplishments we are recognizing today, and to tell you how much I appreciate your dedication and hard work.”
The Department will continue to foster the progress made by these outstanding awardees and build on its role as an crucial agency within the U.S. government aimed at promoting job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and reciprocal trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce and constitutional democracy, and fostering innovation by setting standards, and conducting foundational research and development.