2019 InfraGard Awards Nominations
Below are the awards nominations guidelines. Please note that the nomination window closes at 12:00am ET on May 18, 2019. Nominations will not be accepted afterwards.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES CAREFULLY
- This Awards cycle covers activities and accomplishments achieved since June 2018.
- Only active members of InfraGard may nominate an individual for an award.
- Each IMA may present only one nomination for each award.
- With the exception of the FBI Private Sector Coordinator and DHS PSA awards, nominees for individual awards must be an active FBI InfraGard member in good standing.
- Members of the INMA leadership team (Board Members and Officers) are not eligible for any award while serving and until one year after leaving their position.
- Members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for any award while serving. Additionally, a past Awards Committee Chair is not eligible for the Linda Franklin Award until one year after leaving the position.
- Individuals may not be nominated for a specific award if they have been the recipient of that same award, on the national level, in the past three (3) years. Previous regional recipients, not selected as a national recipient, may be nominated.
- To ensure validity of each nomination, the Awards Committee will contact the appropriate chapter President and FBI Private Sector Coordinator for approval.
- Self-nominations are not permitted.
- You will have the ability to save a partially completed nomination and receive an email from InfraGard Awards Program (DoNotReply@infragardnational.org) that will permit you to return and complete it for submission.
- Upon submission of a nomination, you will receive a confirmation email from InfraGard Awards Program (DoNotReply@infragardnational.org). You will also receive a PDF copy of your nomination within 72 hours from Awards Chair (AwardsChair@infragardnational.org).
InfraGard Award Descriptions & Nomination Links
FBI Private Sector Coordinator of the Year
Background: InfraGard began as a local initiative in Ohio, with a single chapter in the local FBI field office. Over the years, InfraGard has grown, in some areas due to significant contributions by those dedicated FBI agents whose duties have included coordinating with the local InfraGard chapter. The efforts of the FBI Coordinator are vital to the success of an IMA, helping develop relationships within their local community, recruiting new membership and establishing a vibrant Sector Chief program. In some cases, these efforts have included significant personal dedication and contribution that stands out as exceptional.
The Award: Recognizes the FBI Private Coordinator whose dedication and service to advancing their IMA and InfraGard has set a benchmark for all others to attain. Nominees must have been an FBI Private Sector Coordinator in good standing during the current awards cycle.
Distribution of Awards:
Linda Franklin National Achievement Memorial Award
Background: In the fall of 2002, criminal snipers who had been terrorizing the Washington, DC area took the life of Linda Franklin, an FBI employee who had spent numerous hours and effort in support of the creation and establishment of InfraGard. A call for a national remembrance in memory of Linda arose from the members of InfraGard who greatly appreciated the dedication and effort she contributed and who were shocked and saddened by her loss. This award was created in Linda Franklin’s memory, to honor those whose dedication and efforts have significantly contributed to the advancement of InfraGard and the ideals of the program.
The Award: The Linda Franklin National Achievement Memorial Award honors meritorious service within InfraGard and is InfraGard’s most prestigious award. It recognizes the individual whose long-standing service and leadership within InfraGard has set a benchmark for all others to attain.
Distribution of Award:
DHS Protective Security Advisor of the Year
Background: InfraGard has continued to develop its relationship with the Department of Homeland Security. One area where this is most apparent is the relationship of the Protective Security Advisors (PSA) and their engagement with the InfraGard Members Alliances throughout the country. At the request of InfraGard members and in the spirit of our continued partnership, we want to honor those outstanding PSAs whose extraordinary dedication and efforts have contributed to the advancement of InfraGard. In some cases, these efforts have included significant personal dedication and contribution that stands out as exceptional.
The Award: At the request of InfraGard members and in the spirit of our continued partnership, we want to honor those outstanding PSAs whose extraordinary dedication and efforts have contributed to the advancement of InfraGard. In some cases, these efforts have included significant personal dedication and contribution that stands out as exceptional.
IMA Community Outreach
Background: One of the primary roles of the InfraGard membership is information sharing, not only within InfraGard and its partners, but also within their local communities. Education and awareness of threats to our communities, as well as strategies to enhance security posture and emergency preparedness, are vital to the continuity of our communities. Nominators are encouraged to submit specific community outreach tasks, initiatives and other efforts that have strengthened the partnership between the IMA and the community.
The Award: This award is not an individual award. Instead, it recognizes the IMA that made significant successful efforts to involve their community in education and awareness, enhancing emergency preparedness and resiliency.
Distribution of Awards:
Meeting the Challenge
Background: The mark of a dedicated individual is noted in the challenges they overcome to accomplish goals and objectives in front of them. Within InfraGard, we face challenges as volunteers in participation, in garnering membership engagement, differences in opinion with a leadership team and in moving our local IMA forward. We also face personal and business challenges that affect our ability to participate or accomplish certain objectives timely or at all. We are faced with challenges every day in the protection of our critical infrastructures, and the InfraGard organization strives to promote awareness among the membership in efforts to meet various challenges through our unique public / private partnership.
The Award: This award recognizes the individual who has overcome considerable challenges, personal or within the InfraGard program, in accomplishing goals that benefit InfraGard and their local community.
Distribution of Awards:
Sector Chief of the Year
Background: The Sector Chief Program was created by the Louisville KY IMA. It focused upon organizing leadership and communication within specific critical infrastructure sectors to enhance coordination of sector specific issues. In 2013, the INMA and FBI formally requested each IMA to establish a Sector Chief program. The objective was to coordinate and leverage the expertise of the InfraGard membership within the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors. As a result of an internal FBI reorganization in 2016, the InfraGard program was assigned to the FBI Director’s Private Sector Organization. With the reorganizing of rapidly growing threats to, and exploitability of, the nation’s critical infrastructures and the imperative for community-based cross-sector information exchange, the InfraGard National Sector Chief Program (INSCP) was formed. The program’s task is the identification of community infrastructure performance requirements that include Single Points of Failure and to institutionalize critical infrastructure innovation that ensures continuous and objectively measurable improvement in critical infrastructure protection, security, operational resilience and all-condition preparedness.
The Award: Recognizes the Sector Chief who has substantially contributed to risk reduction and/or resilience by researching, identifying and reporting on potential threats to a particular sector within an IMA’s community and region; it recognizes an individual who demonstrated exceptional sector and cross-sector vision, understanding, leadership and expertise in building relationships and trust within InfraGard and their local community.
Background: Leadership of an IMA is directly responsible for its success. Most often there are only a few people within an IMA that truly display leadership skills and drive the IMA forward. They are responsible for setting the agenda and ensuring its success at the local level. They drive new membership, membership engagement, set the chapter agenda, recruit speakers, plan events, and create community involvement. They maintain relationships with public partners such as the FBI, DHS, OEM and local law enforcement. They typically are the driving force behind a successful IMA, having brought together a working leadership team and establishing a progressive agenda for their IMA to be a success.
Expertise in leadership, communication, and relationship building skills are key attributes of a successful IMA leader. They must possess vision and a tireless work ethic to move their IMA forward as an impactful contributor to their community and this organization.
The Award: Recognizes an IMA Director or Officer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication and service while directly advancing the goals of the IMA and substantially contributing to its success.
Rookie of the Year
Background: InfraGard seeks to attract new membership and in turn places importance on honoring those new members who have shown exceptional leadership and initiative and whose efforts have contributed towards the advancement of InfraGard. Nominators are encouraged to submit specific initiatives, leadership, participation, and other efforts that a new InfraGard member has accomplished that have shown exemplary volunteerism and dedication within their IMA.
The Award: At the request of InfraGard members, to honor those outstanding new IMA members whose extraordinary dedication and efforts have contributed to the advancement of InfraGard, this Award was created. Nominees must have joined InfraGard within one year of being nominated.