One can learn a lot about the nature of modern democracy by the quality of the people employed in its service.
Federal News Radio  asked you for your nominations as part of our Best of the Federal Government series.
We've narrowed down the finalists and now it's your turn to vote. Which of the following feds do you think deserves to win?
Master Sergeant Norm Albertsen, Nevada Air National Guard -- Who says military uniforms need to be boring? Says one nominator, "Despite the stern outerwear, Norm accents his individuality with a large 'Texas' belt buckle worn discreetly beneath his blouse. Just because the workplace is a little regimented doesn't mean you have to dress like every other drone in the office." (We apologize for the lack of "belt buckle" in this photo.)
Steven Calvery, Pentagon Force Protection Agency -- As one nominee put it, "He is the most well groomed Senior Executive Service individual that I have met. Regardless of whether he is in the office, in Afghanistan, or on the golf course for our annual tournament, he is always professional and totally put together."
Victor Juarez, Internal Revenue Service (Philadelphia Service Center Campus) -- "He arrives to the office everyday dressed as though he just stepped out of GQ magazine. We have not seen him with a hair out of place. There are no casual Fridays for him."
Jay Krasnow, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -- "He is one of those individuals that consistently dresses with impeccable taste and elegance."
Laura Martin, Internal Revenue Service (Brookhaven Campus) -- "Today is Friday, so it's dress down day, but as you can see Laura is wearing a skirt and heels."
Vote for your favorite as many times as you would like! Voting closes Monday, October 18. The winner will be announced Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
No, this does not come from The Onion.