David Anderson received the 2005 Arthur S. Fleming Award from George Washington University for excellence in scientific research. He was one of three recipients. The award recognizes excellence in the federal workforce. Recognized by the president of the United States, agency heads, and the private sector, the winners are selected from all areas of the federal service. Anderson and his colleagues at NOAA have developed a popular and often-used archive of paleoclimate records of past climate change, the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology. These observations extend the instrumental record of weather observations back thousands of years, providing a longer record of climate variability. The paleo records also provide insights into possible future climate change. The Fleming medal ceremony was held in Washington DC on June 13, 2006.