Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Graves, recognizes employees for outstanding performance at the 75th annual Commerce Honor Awards.

On February 7, 2024, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves recognized and honored employees for their exceptional performance at the 75th Annual Commerce Honor Awards. The ceremony, which was attended by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration Jeremy Pelter, celebrated the individual, group, and organizational recipients of the Gold and Silver Medal Awards, the highest level of recognition given by the Department of Commerce.

In a message to employees, Commerce Secretary Raimondo expressed her gratitude to the gold and silver honorees for their dedication and commitment to the Department’s mission. She praised them for their service, humility, and dignity in their daily work, as well as their willingness to go above and beyond to achieve success. Secretary Raimondo also acknowledged the important role these exceptional employees play in fueling innovation, protecting the country, and promoting growth and prosperity in every community across America.

Deputy Secretary Graves echoed Secretary Raimondo’s sentiments in his remarks at the ceremony, applauding Commerce employees as the best in the federal government. He recognized their consistent application of talent and expertise across a wide range of programs, including expanding access to high-speed internet, training a 21st-century workforce, strengthening trade partnerships, and promoting climate resilience.

In his speech, Deputy Secretary Graves referred to the Department of Commerce as “America’s Hall Closet,” highlighting the diverse and essential services it provides to the American people. He praised the 47,000 employees across 13 bureaus for their dedication and engagement in important efforts that serve the nation. He also encouraged all employees to strive towards the standard set by those honored at the ceremony.

The ceremony concluded with the announcement of the recipient of the Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award. This prestigious award, named after the former Secretary of Commerce, recognizes individuals or teams who demonstrate exceptional resourcefulness, develop innovative solutions, and take calculated risks to improve customer service. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Serial Cyt was presented with this award for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the Department of Commerce.  

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