Robert J. Myers Public Service Award

About the Award
The Robert J. Myers Public Service Award honors actuaries who have made an exceptional contribution to the common good. The Myers Award honors an actuary for a single noteworthy public service achievement or a career devoted to public service.
 
Robert J. Myers was the chief actuary for the Social Security Administration from 1947 to 1970. He was instrumental in the design and funding of the Social Security system and was described by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan as "a national treasure." In recognition of his many years of extraordinary public service, the Academy created the Robert J. Myers Public Service Award in 1994.
 
The nominee may be a current or former government employee, the employee of an organization whose primary focus is government work, or an unpaid volunteer working at a philanthropic organization. Work as a paid consultant, as a member of an actuarial committee, or as an officer of an actuarial organization is ineligible.

The award is presented at the Academy's annual meeting.

How to Nominate
Nominations for this award are closed. Nomination for 2018 awards will open early next year.
 
Eligibility Requirements
Eligible candidates are members of the Academy who have:
  • demonstrated their commitment to professionalism;
  • made an extraordinary contribution to the public good through service to the government or other organizations in the public sphere, even when conflicted by political pressure;
  • been an inspiration to practicing actuaries; and
  • commanded respect within and without the profession.
 
All members of the Academy are eligible to receive the award. Former Academy presidents may be nominated, but only their post-presidential service will be considered. The nominee may be a current or former government employee, the employee of an organization whose primary focus is government work, or an unpaid volunteer working at a philanthropic organization. Work as a paid consultant, as a member of an actuarial committee, or as an officer of an actuarial organization is ineligible.

Questions?
If you need more information, please contact Doreen M. Hoyle at the Academy (hoyle@actuary.org, 202-223-8196).

Previous recipients of the Myers Public Service Award