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Recognizing DHS Excellence

This page recognizes the hard work and dedication of DHS employees. The individuals listed on this page have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence.

2023 Presidential Rank Awards

On November 13, 2023, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas recognized 30 members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) workforce who received the 2023 Presidential Rank Award (PRA) for exceptional service.

“I am incredibly proud of the 30 DHS executives who have been selected to receive this year’s Presidential Rank Award. The award speaks to these senior executives’ extraordinary dedication to mission and exceptional work as public servants,” said Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “Our leaders across the Department set the example of selfless commitment and service to the department, our nation, and the American people. They are an inspiration to the more than 260,000 employees across DHS. Congratulations to all of the award recipients and thank you for all you do.”

  • 2022 Presidential Rank Awards

    Each year, the President recognizes a select group of Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL), and Scientific and Professional (ST) employees for exceptional performance over an extended period of time with the Presidential Rank Awards.

  • 2023 Presidential Rank Awards

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is honored to have 30 recipients in 2023 who distinguished themselves among career federal leaders and made significant achievements in their agencies. 

Month of Recognition

During May's Public Service Recognition Week, Secretary Mayorkas and Department leadership paid special tribute to members of the workforce and their incredible contributions.

As part of this "Month of Recognition," DHS employees were honored during recognition events in communities across the country.

  • Recognition Events

    To help recognize the extraordinary efforts of the DHS workforce, DHS is hosting a series of events across the country.

  • 2023 Secretary's Awards

    The 2023 Secretary’s Awards honor the work, sacrifice, and professional excellence of 1,385 employees from components all across the Department of Homeland Security.

Employee Stories

Read stories of those who provide a shining example of the heroic work performed everyday throughout the Department.

  • Curtis Atkinson

    2022 Champion of Equity Award Recipient
    USCIS' Curtis Atkinson raises awareness of cultural diversity in the workplace and society through his concept of sharing "immigrant stories" and more.

  • Mike Cuccio

    2022 Meritorious Award Recipient
    Mike Cuccio's initiatives make significant improvements at FEMA, in the Supply Chain Integration Branch and beyond.

Last Updated: 11/14/2023
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