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Frank B. Rowlett Awards

2019 Rowlett Awards:
Nominations are due: 29 March 2019.
The awards ceremony will be on 10 September 2019 @ NSA Headquarters, Fort Meade, MD

Eligibility:  Only federal government employees employed outside the National Security Agency may be nominated for the Rowlett Awards. NSA elements and individuals are not eligible for the awards, nor are contractors.

Overview 

In 1989, the National Security Agency (NSA) established the Information Systems Security National Awards to recognize outstanding Federal Government organizational and individual excellence in the field of information systems security. Today, these annual awards are named in honor of the cryptographic pioneer, Frank B. Rowlett.  The awards are given to recognize both organizational and individual contributions made to the cybersecurity discipline.

The Frank B. Rowlett Trophy for Organizational Achievement is awarded to the Federal Government organization that makes the most significant contributions to the improvement of national cybersecurity, operational cybersecurity readiness, or the defensive cybersecurity operations posture of the United States.

To ensure that all deserving individuals and organizations in the community have an opportunity to compete, NSA’s Deputy National Manager (DNM) for National Security Systems urges you to nominate those whose accomplishments in cybersecurity most warrant recognition.

Nomination Instructions

Eligibility:  Only federal government employees employed outside the National Security Agency may be nominated for the Rowlett Awards. NSA elements and individuals are not eligible for the awards, nor are contractors.

  1. Download the appropriate nomination form:
  2. Complete the forms electronically and email to Rowlett_Awards@NSA.gov.    Nomination forms can also be scanned and emailed to Rowlett_Awards@NSA.gov as attachments or mailed to:

    DNM Front Office
    9800 Savage Road
    Suite 6179
    Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755
    Attn: Rowlett Nominations
  3. Please allow 10 business days if you are mailing in documents.
  4. Guidance for completing the forms.
      • Click on the grey area to enter text into a field
      • Properly and completely portion-mark for classification (to include U and U//FOUO portion markings)
      • Enter the names and titles of all required endorsers in the appropriate fields on the signature page, prior to printing the form
      • In the header and footer, replace "CLASSIFICATION MUST BE UPDATED WHEN FORM IS COMPLETED" with the correct classification level for the document.  Classified materials must be transmitted over appropriately classified systems.

Please contact Rowlett_Awards@NSA.gov for questions or more information.

Individual Award Nomination Form 


The Frank B. Rowlett Awards Program presents a first place, non-monetary, Individual Achievement Awards in recognition of outstanding individual accomplishments during the award period.  Along with the winner, a runner up will also be recognized. The criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Evidence of individual ability to identify and solve significant cybersecurity problems, threats, or vulnerabilities.
  • Demonstration of outstanding leadership and knowledge in the application of Cybersecurity.
  • Innovative and creative use of resources (personnel, fiscal, or facilities) to successfully accomplish cybersecurity related goals and missions.
  • Significant contribution to the improvement of his/her element’s information systems security posture.

The nomination narrative should be no longer than two pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee that occurred during the previous calendar year. [Individual Form

 

Please contact Rowlett_Awards@NSA.gov for questions or more information.

Organizational Award Nomination Form

The Frank B. Rowlett Awards Program presents a first place, non-monetary, Organizational Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding organizational accomplishments during the award period. Along with the winner, a runner up will also be recognized. The criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Evidence of an organization’s ability to identify and solve significant cybersecurity problems, threats, or vulnerabilities.
  • Mission accomplishments and successes at the organizational or national level resulting from the application of cybersecurity.
  • Significant contribution to the elements or nation’s cybersecurity posture.

The nomination narrative should be no longer than two pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominated organization that occurred during the previous calendar year. [Organizational Form]

Please contact Rowlett_Awards@NSA.gov for questions or more information.