AWARD – recognition which may be monetary or non-monetary conferred to an individual or a group of individuals for ideas, suggestions, inventions, discoveries, superior accomplishments, exemplary behavior, heroic deeds, extraordinary acts or services in the public interest which contribute to the efficiency, economy, improvement in government operations which lead to organizational productivity.

CAREER – positions in the civil service characterized by (1) entrance based on merit and fitness to be determined as far as practicable by competitive examination, or based on highly technical qualifications; (2) opportunity for advancement to higher career positions; and (3) security of tenure,

CONTRIBUTION – any input which can be in the form of an idea or performance.

DISCOVERY – is the uncovering of something previously existing but found or learned for the first time which will improve public service delivery.

IDEA TYPE CONTRIBUTION – refers to an idea, a suggestion or an invention or discovery for improvement to effect economy in operation, to increase production and improve working conditions.

INCENTIVE – monetary or non-monetary motivation or privilege given to an official or employee for contributions, suggestions, inventions, ideas, satisfactory accomplishment or demonstration of exemplary behavior based on agreed performance standards and norms of behavior.

INVENTION – the creation of something previously non-existent which will benefit the government.

NON-CAREER – positions expressly declared by law to be in the non-career service; or those whose entrance in the service is characterized by (1) entrance on bases other than those of the usual tests of merit and fitness utilized for the career service; and (2) tenure which is limited to the duration of a particular project for which purpose employment was made.

PERFORMANCE TYPE CONTRIBUTION – refers to performance of an extraordinary act or service in the public interest in connection with, or related to one’s official employment; or outstanding community service or heroic acts in the public interest; or sustained work performance for a minimum period of one year which is over and above the normal position requirement of the individual or group.

SUGGESTION – idea or proposal which improves work performance, systems and procedures and economy in operations that will benefit the government.

SYSTEM – the agency awards and incentives program for employees.