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Contact Information: Bill Valdez  

October 30, 2019

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 SEA Announces 2019 Presidential Rank Awardees


WASHINGTON, DC – The White House has unveiled the 2019 cohort of Presidential Rank Award (PRA) honorees, who will be feted at the Senior Executives Association’s Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit on December 17, 2019, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.


The President recognized 145 Senior Executives and Senior Professionals in 2019, including 29 Distinguished Executives, 3 Distinguished Professionals, 84 Meritorious Executives, and 13 Meritorious Professionals. The full list of 2019 Presidential Rank Awardees is available on the Summit website.


“It is our privilege to recognize and honor the extraordinary accomplishments of these senior career Federal leaders,” said Bill Valdez, President of SEA.  “The PRA winners exemplify public service leadership principles of integrity, accountability, and a passionate focus on delivering mission results to the American taxpayer.  This recognition by the President is extended to the many dedicated civil servants who worked hand-in-hand with the 2019 PRA honorees to demonstrate that the career civil service is focused on bringing great value to our Nation.”


Each year, the President of the United States recognizes a small percentage of the members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Professionals (SL, ST) for sustained accomplishment and achievement of extraordinary results with the Presidential Rank Award. This year, less than .02% of all career Federal executives received awards for their outstanding achievements in public service.  This is the Nation’s highest civilian career Federal leadership award and consists of two categories:  Distinguished and Meritorious Rank Awards.


“The documented achievements of the PRA honorees save the American public billions of dollars annually.  PRA honorees manage complex programs, secure our nation’s homeland, advance public safety and health, and are on the front lines of delivering mission results to the American taxpayer,” Valdez said.  “An examination of their accomplishments can only lead to the conclusion that our Nation is being well served by these dedicated public servants.”



The 2019 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit will be a full-day event offering policy and educational tracks featuring PRA recipients as panelists, networking, and mentoring opportunities to current and aspiring government leaders. The full agenda for the Summit can be found at


Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).




WHAT: 2019 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit

WHEN: December 17th, 2019; 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

REGISTER: Tickets available at

Members of the media interested in covering the event may RSVP using the code PRAPRESS.



The Senior Executives Association (SEA) is a professional association representing Senior Executive Service members and other career Federal executives. Founded in 1980, SEA’s goals are to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of the Federal government; to advance the professionalism and advocate the interests of career Federal executives; and to enhance public recognition of their contributions. For more information, visit