Government employees from all walks of life played a heightened role during the last year. Those efforts will be honored during this year’s Public Service Recognition Week.
The Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit focused on building a more effective and efficient government, announced the finalists for the 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, aka the “Sammies.” Finalists were nominated for their dedication to public service and recent achievements.
“The 2021 Service to America Medals finalists have shown tremendous commitment to the public good, and they, like all public servants, deserve our support and recognition,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership.
On May 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET the Partnership will air a virtual event to recognize the finalists.
This year’s honors include a COVID-19 Response medal to recognize the efforts of federal employees combating the pandemic.
Along with the COVID-19 Response medal, the other award categories include:
The Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement
Science and Environment
Management Excellence, and
Safety, Security and International Affairs.
Winners are selected by a committee made up of a mix of people from “government, the media, academia, the private sector and the philanthropic community,” the Partnership described. The final winners will be announced later this year at their annual gala. There is also a public online vote to select the People’s Choice Medal winner.
See the list of this year’s nominees below, and read more about how they earned this recognition on the Partnership’s website.
Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Category
C. Mark Eakin — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Paul Friday — Census Bureau
Evan R. Kwerel — Federal Communications Commission
Gregory M. Ruiz — Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Anne Schuchat — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
COVID-19 Response Category
Ian Brownlee and the Interagency COVID Repatriation team — State Department
Virginia K. Busby, Dianne Garibotto, Camille Privett and the Economic Income Payment team — IRS
Kizzmekia S. Corbett and Dr. Barney S. Graham — National Institutes of Health
Dr. Gary H. Gibbons and Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable — NIH
Dr. Peter Marks — Food and Drug Administration
Emerging Leaders Category
William Hart-Cooper —Agriculture Department
Callie I. Higgins — National Institute of Standards and Technology
Edward Sisco —NIST
Lori Vislocky — Department of Homeland Security
Management Excellence Category
Michelle Daniels, Charles D. Eldridge, Ryan E. Jones and the Foster Youth to Independence team — Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mary Frances Matthews — Department of Veterans Affairs
Mary D. Gibert — General Services Administration
Stephen G. Jurczyk — NASA
Gary Washington — USDA
Safety, Security and International Affairs Category
Ana B. Hinojosa, Eric Choy and team — Customs and Border Protection
Kenneth Graham — NOAA
Adam Jacoff and the Emergency Response Robotics team — NIST
Chong Le — Department of the Air Force
Zack Schwartz and the Census Bureau Trust & Safety team — Census Bureau
Science and Environment Category
Jay Barlow — NOAA
David L. Boucher, John Lee, Daniel Wolfe, and the Ebola Medical Countermeasures Task Force — Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
Dr. Reem M. Ghandour — Health Resources and Services Administration