The Chapter Award of Excellence
in Government Affairs


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About this Award

The Chapter Award of Excellence in Government Affairs is presented to the chapter(s) that routinely commit their time and resources to further increase recognition of the FM profession on local, regional or national levels of government. The judging panel will consist of one IFMA staff person and four IFMA champions, two will have experience in chapter leadership positions.

Chapters must be in good standing with IFMA. A chapter that has won this award within the past two years is ineligible to participate. Chapters that partner regionally on government affairs may submit as a team.

Criteria & Scoring

Judges score entries based on the following criteria and point guidance. Learn more »

  1. Describe the chapter’s overall strategy for involvement in Government Affairs. How is this tied into the chapter’s strategic plan? (0-20 pts.)
  2. Has the Chapter established a Government Affairs Committee? What is the focus of the Committee (Local, Regional, National). Explain how the Committee interacts with IFMA GA Legislative Action Center. (0-10 pts.)
  3. How many members serve on the GA committee? How often does the committee meet? What is the “mix” of members serving on the committee (i.e., how many Members, Associate members, etc.)? Describe the chapter’s effort in encouraging members to become involved (0-10 pts.)
  4. How are issues identified that will affect the Chapter or the profession. What actions have been taken to address legislation that directly impacts the Chapter, IFMA or the profession? (0-10 pts.)
  5. Describe procedures for contacting elected officials such as IFMA public policy events (Advocacy Day or global policy forums). Does the Chapter subsidize travel for members to government offices? (0-20 pts.)
  6. In addition to local involvement, describe other initiatives sponsored by the GA committee to interact with other chapters and IFMA to identify impactful legislation. Describe coordinated efforts with other chapters and/or IFMA to identify and impact legislation (0-10 pts.)
  7. What strategy does the chapter employ to communicate pending legislation and trends to members? What feedback instrument is used to measure satisfaction? Describe, in quantifiable terms, how this strategy has strengthened the chapter. (0-10 pts.)
  8. Have there been any instances where the Government Affairs strategy was successful? Describe. How would the chapter share this strategy for success in other chapters or IFMA? (0-10 pts.)

Additional Information

Specific requirements for the Chapter Award of Excellence in Government Affairs:

  • Nominator must be an IFMA member in good standing (dues current).
  • Chapter must be recertified for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

General Information

  • Nominations are scored on content only, not creative presentation of the submission.
  • The submission covers activities from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.
  • Submission forms are PDF documents. Get Adobe Reader
  • Submission form information should be typed or computer-generated within the PDF form.
  • All answers are limited to one page (500 words).
  • Please limit exhibits to five file attachments unless specifically stated otherwise in the award category.
  • Please be sure to email the completed submission form and exhibit files as email attachments to
  • Exhibits, such as booklets, pictures, are an important part of this submission.
  • All questions on the nomination form should be completed as requested.
  • Authorization should be made digitally on the PDF form. 
  • Deadline for receipt of nomination to IFMA is May 12, 2014.