National Partnership for Reinventing Government

Successes of the Hammer Award Program


December 26, 2000

In 1993, the Clinton Administration started the National Performance Review, now known as the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. This task force led the longest and most successful government reform effort in American history. At the heart of this reform process is the Hammer Award. This honor recognized teams of federal employees and their public and private sector partners who developed and initiated programs that put customers first; empowered employees; cut red tape; got back to basics; and achieved results Americans care about. Close to 1,400 Hammer Awards were awarded.

These awards are especially important because they exemplify the commitment of government employees to provide Americans with a government they can be proud of and trust. This report outlines some of the major successes of the Hammer Award Program and the impact it has had on the reinvention of many government agencies.


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Environmental Protection Agency
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Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
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