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Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

2018 Roger Jones Award Winners, Nominators and Key Director

Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award has annually recognized two federal career executives of the Senior Executive Service who have demonstrated superior leadership in achieving their agency's mission and developing future managers.

This year, four awards will be presented at the Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference on May 26, 2020.

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award will be honored in a special ceremony hosted be American University and receive a $2,500 cash award.

Important information about the 2019-2020 Roger Jones Award Nomination Process and Ceremony

The Roger Jones Award nomination process will now be longer with the nomination applications due on February 3, 2020.  The application requirements will be the same as previous years. 

For questions or more information, please email Jennifer Tether at

2018 Roger Jones Awardees and their entourages.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Awards are open!

Apply by February 3, 2020.

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42nd Annual Roger W. Jones Award Ceremony

Spring 2020
More information coming soon!

Discounts available for Key & SPA students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Please email for more details.

How to Submit a Nomination

Nominations are due February 3, 2020 and may be submitted online. For questions or more information, email  Please address all inquires to the Roger Jones Awards Committee.
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Please use the Nomination Package Checklist to ensure your nomination is complete and eligible for consideration, as it includes a list of required documentation from both the nominator and the nominee.

2019/20 winners will be announced in April 2020.

About the Award

The Roger W. Jones Award annually recognizes federal career executives of the Senior Executive Service committed not only to mission success, but also to developing and inspiring those whom they lead, consistent with the career of the extraordinary public servant for whom the Award is named.

Roger Jones (February 3, 1908 – May 28, 1993) served seven US Presidents over 43 years, including tours as Deputy Secretary of State, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission.  

He extolled the importance of public administration, and stressed the need to provide professional education for public managers.

Nomination Criteria

The criteria for this prestigious award for federal career executives (members of SES) are demonstrated exceptional capabilities in the following areas:

  • superior leadership which has resulted in outstanding organizational achievements
  • a strong commitment to bringing about effective continuation of government by helping to develop the careers of people who will serve as managers and executives in the future federal service

Presidential appointees and other administration appointees are invited each spring to submit nominations of career executives responsible to them who have demonstrated outstanding executive leadership.

Award Presentation

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award are honored at the Key Executive Leadership Conference held each Spring in Washington, DC, an event that draws hundreds of federal leaders from across the government for a day dedicated to personal and professional development.

Each honoree receives a $2,500 honorarium.

Patricia Dalton

Patricia Dalton, Awardee
Chief Operating Officer
Government Accountability Office
United States Congress

As GAO’s Chief Operating Officer, Patricia Dalton assists the Comptroller General in providing leadership and vision. Her day-to-day management ensures that GAO effectively supports Congress. Pat oversees the development of nearly 700 reports and testimonies to Congress each year. These efforts provide critical information for decision making, save the taxpayers billions of dollars, and improve a wide range of government programs and services.

From 2008 until 2011, Pat served as Managing Director of GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment team, heading work on agriculture and food safety, energy, environment, federal land stewardship, water resources, nuclear security, and science and technology issues. Previously, as Managing Director of the Physical Infrastructure team, she oversaw transportation, telecommunications, federal property, and Postal Service issues.
Pat joined GAO in 2001 as a Director in the Strategic Issues team, where she directed work on government management issues, particularly performance management and the Government Performance and Results Act, and organization structure and design. She also led work on the decennial census, the Census Bureau, intergovernmental relations, and tools of government.
Pat’s federal career began in 1979 as a program analyst at the Department of Labor. In 1993, she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Director of Audit Policy, Planning and Resource Management for the U.S. Army Audit Agency. Pat returned to Labor in 1994 as Deputy Inspector General and served as Acting IG in 2000. Pat earned an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has received many of GAO’s top honors, including the Comptroller General’s Award.

Frances Regan

Frances Regan, Awardee
Area Counsel of the Office of Chief Counsel 
Internal Revenue Service 
Department of Treasury 

Since 2006 Frances F. Regan has served the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel as the Area Counsel, Area 1, responsible for the supervision, management, and performance of all tax law activities within the Northeast for the Small Business/Self Employed Division. She has executive oversight of six offices with a staff of 65 managers, attorneys, and paralegals responsible for litigating cases in the U.S. Tax Court and providing legal assistance in examination, collection and bankruptcy matters to the IRS client. Ms. Regan joined the Office upon her graduation from St. John’s University School of Law in 1982.

Prior to her promotion to Area Counsel, Ms. Regan held various management positions in the organization since 1993. In her 24 years as a manager and executive she has been devoted to leadership training, participating in the design and instruction of management training and the implementation of executive development programs. She was instrumental in introducing a formal mentoring program for new managers and serves as a Treasury Executive Institute coach. Ms. Regan is also the Executive Champion of the Conservation Easement litigation project and the SB/SE liaison for the litigation of cases in the Intermediate Transactions project.

She serves on the Counsel/Appeals Advisory Board and supervises the maintenance of the SB/SE Counsel webpage. As an executive she received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service in 2011 and the Treasury Leadership Legacy Award in 2015. As a manager Ms. Regan was named the Office of Chief Counsel Manager of the Year in 1999. She is honored to be receiving the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership tonight and thanks American University for this recognition.


  • Gene Dodaro (RJA Awardee 2009), Comptroller General of the United States, Government Accountability Office, United States Congress

  • Drita Tonuzi, Deputy Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of Treasury

Nominators presented the award to their nominees and spoke about the work they have accomplished. Awardees also spoke upon receiving their award.

The selection process was one of great rigor and many rounds of review. It was an especially challenging year as all nominations submitted were superior. The final results had unanimous support, and it was the first time ever the Roger W. Jones Award was given to two women.

Keynote Speaker

Francis Rose delivered the 2017 Roger Jones Award Ceremony keynote speech.

Francis Rose

Francis Rose 
Government Matters host, Federal government expert, and speaker 

Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC's WJLA/ABC7 and NewsChannel 8. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.

Francis's first book, "The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History" is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America's leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.

News and talk radio trade magazine Talkers selected "In Depth with Francis Rose"for its list of the 250 most important talk shows in America in 2012.

Roger W. Jones Award Selection Committee 

Patrick Malone
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs; Roger W. Jones Award Committee Chair, School of Public Affairs, American University

David S. C. Chu
President, Institute for Defense Analyses; Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration

Ed Deseve
Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration; Executive in Residence, Brookings Executive Education; former Special Adviser to the President

Mortimer Downey
President, Mort Downey Consulting, LLC; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation

Terry Gerton
President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

Sallyanne Harper
President, Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow

David Mader
Civilian Sector Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte

Robert Tobias
Business Development, Key Executive Leadership Programs, School of Public Affairs