Special Act or Service Award-SASA

A Special Act or Service Award (SA/SA) is a cash award given to recognize a meritorious personal effort, act, service, scientific or other achievement accomplished within or outside assigned job responsibilities.


  • All Army civilian employees paid from appropriated funds and direct hire foreign nationals are eligible for consideration.


  • The act, service, or achievement by the nominee must result in either tangible or intangible benefits or both to the Government and may involve more than one employee. This award is also appropriate to recognize performance that has exceeded job requirements as a one- time occurrence, (e.g., overcoming unusual difficulties on a particular project or assignment or exemplary or courageous handling of an emergency situation related to official employment).

Nomination and Amount:

  • Cash awards range from $25 to $25,000, depending on the achievement being recognized. Army has been delegated approval of amounts up to $25,000. Award nominations for over $10,000 and up to $25,000 must be reviewed by the Army Incentive Awards Board (AIAB). Awards exceeding $25,000 must be processed through the AIAB to DOD and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by the President. The amount of the award is determined using the cash award criteria for tangible or intangible benefits listed in Tables 7-1 and 7-2 of AR 672-20. Nominations for these awards will be on DA Form 1256.

Content last reviewed: 6/20/2006-FMJ

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