The Partnership for Public Service named the winners of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals or Sammies and gave the top honor, Federal Employee of the Year, to Lynne Mofenson of the National Institutes of Health.
“The Service to America Medals are a powerful illustration of the good that government does, which positively affects our lives every day,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO, in a statement. We will never get what we want out of our government if we focus solely on its shortcomings and fail to celebrate its successes.”
The Partnership will hold the awards ceremony Thursday evening in Washington. Finalists were nominated by their colleagues. The Partnership received more than 400 nominations this year.
Charles Scoville Chief, Amputee Patient Care Service, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Starting in 2007, Scoville developed a new approach to amputees that stressed sports medicine and athleticism. Now his patients are climbing Mount Everest, competing in triathlons and even returning to active duty.
James Cash Chief Technical Advisor, Office of Research and Engineering, National Transportation Safety Board
Cash has spent nearly three decades deciphering information from electronic recording devices to help determine the causes of major aviation and other transportation accidents, leading to reforms and greater safety for the traveling public. He is the government’s top expert on cockpit voice recorders, which help determine the system failures and human errors that cause airplane crashes.
Susan Angell Executive Director, Homeless Veterans Initiative, Department of Veterans Affairs
Mark Johnston Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Angell and Johnston worked together on an interdepartmental program that reduced veterans homelessness by 12 percent in one year as part of an ambitious national goal of finding shelter for all veterans by 2015.
Thomas Roland, Jr. Program Manager, Office of Field Operations (Roland), U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Samha and Roland created a smartphone application that allows customs and border agents in the field to access law enforcement databases in real time, which has led to enforcement actions against more than 450 drug traffickers, weapons smugglers, illegal aliens and potential terror suspects since March 2010.
Elliott B. Branch Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acquisition and Procurement, Department of the Navy
Branch scrutinizes and helps shape every major acquisition for the Navy and Marines, ensuring our warfighters have the right equipment when they need it, at the best possible value for the American taxpayer.
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