So, I finally got the long-awaited award. Huzzah. I wrote a technical paper on which a new internet-based application will function. Correctly. Did it in a couple days instead of a couple months. Projected savings from it? About seven million dollars. My award, you may think, would be quite substantial. If you think that, you don't work for the government. My award was less than one thousand American dollars. Before taxes, of course. The total amount of the award was less than the total amount of taxes taken out of my paycheck.
Ah, the IRS. Even when you get "rewarded" it still feels like a hatrack up the ass.