Order of Hermes

Charter for the Order of Hermes

Purpose: The Order of Hermes (OoH) is an honorary award from the Information Professionals Association (IPA) to recognize individuals for exceptional service and contributions in the field of cognitive security and information operations. The Order of Hermes can be awarded to individuals from the military, government civilian or private sector positions (including academia, international or non-governmental organization).

Nominations: Nominations for the Order of Hermes will be accepted twice a year (April 30th and October 31st) from any member of the Information Professionals Association (IPA) in good standing. Those nominated need not be IPA members, but must meet the criteria for selection below.  Nominees can be selected from military, government civilian or private sector positions (including academia, international or non-governmental organization).

Nominations should be sent in accordance with the guidance below to carol.branch@information-professionals.org

Nominees can be place and evaluated in the following categories:

  • U.S. military, government civilian or contractor
  • International military or governmental civilian
  • Industry representative
  • Academia
  • Non-governmental organizations

Members of the Board of Trustees or Board of Advisors may nominate someone for the Order of Hermes at any point in the year outside of the normal nominations cycle using the criteria and process below.

Nomination made by April 30th will be announced by June 1st; October 31st nominations will be made by December 1st. Decisions on out-of-cycle nominations by the BoT or BoA will be made and announced within 2 months. Announcements of award will be made first to the winner, then posted on the IPA website.

Criteria for selection: Nominees for the Order of Hermes should demonstrate significant and/or long-lasting commitment and service to the information operations and cognitive security community. They should have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity, moral character, ethical conduct, professional competence, and dedication to duty.

Process for nomination and evaluation:

  • Nominators shall submit a nomination package by the deadlines specified above. A nomination package shall include at a minimum: the name and organizational affiliation of the nominee; a written statement from the nominator describing the achievements of the nominee leading to their eligibility; a CV or resume for the nominee; and supporting material determined relevant (for example, letters of support from senior military or civilian leaders; papers, book or articles related to the nomination; etc.).
  • If the total number of nominations exceeds 10 nominations, the Board of Advisors will make the initial downselect to 5 nominees for consideration and selection by the Board of Trustees. If there are less than 10, the Board of Trustees will do the sole evaluation.
  • Evaluators will provide a written evaluation for each nominee, which will be archived by the IPA.
  • Nomination made by April 30th will be announced by June 1st; October 31st nominations will be made by December 1st. Decisions on out-of-cycle nominations by the BoT or BoA will be made and announced within 2 months. Announcements of award will be made first to the winner, then posted on the IPA website.

Award ceremony: In additional to the Order of Hermes medal and certificate, award winners will also be recognized with lifetime membership in the Information Professionals Association. The achievement will be memorialized on the Order of Hermes recognition page on the IPA website. In addition, sponsoring organizations may also integrate this awards ceremony into an existing meeting or ceremony and awarded with participation from IPA leadership.