The Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Awards Program was developed in 2006 by a working group of representatives from several State agencies, including the Department of Administration, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and the Office of Management and Budget. The impetus for the program was to recognize the valuable contributions and hard work of State employees throughout Alaska. In creating the program, the working group reviewed employee recognition programs in a number of other states and incorporated the best ideas into the Denali Awards Program. The structure of the awards program was documented in the Administrative Procedures manual. The first awards were presented in 2007.