Sammies

Tom Temin/Federal News NetworkHillary Ingraham of State Department after receiving the Safety, Security and International Affairs medal, along with Holly Herrera and Kiera Berdinner.

Inspiration was on parade at the Sammies

Awardees show how a few people can affect thousands, even millions, in a positive way.

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Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals

A red letter day that embraces and celebrates the best and brightest of the federal workforce

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FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, a portable cot with the Federal Emergency Management Agency logo FEMA printed on the backrest, along with other cots, line the basketball court at a makeshift medical facility in a gymnasium at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H.  On Friday, Oct. 22, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming FEMA workers aren’t subject to a vaccine mandate, and also falsely asserting that they’re being used to replace health care personnel who refuse to comply with such mandates.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Meet the FEMA administrator who ensured millions got COVID vaccines early on

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Joshua Roberts

Meet the guy who oversaw the recovery of more than a billion dollars of stolen pandemic relief

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Joshua Roberts

Everybody talks customer experience. This Veterans Affairs manager has done something about it

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Voice of America acting director gets Sammies nod for turning around employee engagement

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Joshua Roberts

This FDA lawyer was instrumental in limits on cigarette marketing

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Joshua Roberts

This FDA scientist’s work helps public health officials find sources of tainted food faster

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FILE - An advertisement for Bitcoin cryptocurrency is displayed on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. Bitcoin prices have surged in recent days, Wednesday, March 2,  as investors once again appear to view the volatile cryptocurrency as safe haven for their money in the midst of rising geopolitical tensions. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

How an interagency team took down terror networks exploiting the pandemic

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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, photo, Jon Combes holds his bottle of buprenorphine, a medicine that prevents withdrawal sickness in people trying to stop using opiates, as he prepares to take a dose in a clinic in Olympia, Wash. The U.S. Department of Justice made clear, Tuesday, April 2, 2022, that barring the use of medication treatment for opioid abuse is a violation of federal law. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Fewer federal employees are addicted to opioids thanks to this Labor Department employee

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NISTNIST, building, campus, National Institute of Standards and Technology

A team at NIST helped keep methane and other greenhouse gases where they belong

Methane is a useful chemical, but not when it leaks into the atmosphere from production or transport of oil and natural gas. A team of scientists at the…

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State Department team gets Sammies nod for efforts to resettle Afghan refugees

Director of State’s Refugee Processing Center Hilary Ingraham, and Domestic Resettlement Chief Holly Herrera joined the Federal Drive to talk about their…

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Joshua Roberts

A guy deep in the Defense Department is actually doing something about Chinese theft of US intellectual property

It’s become an unfunny joke. No matter what crucial intellectual property gets developed in the United States, it gets stolen by China or maybe Russia. A special team deep in the Defense Department has been working on one strategy to counteract this. It looks for investments in U.S. companies by suspicious foreigners. For his work collaborating with many other agencies, the team leader is a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program.

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