May 6, 2013
Contact: Sarah Howe
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Federal Workers Named Contenders for Esteemed “Oscars” of Government Service

WASHINGTON –The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service today announced the 31 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists – outstanding federal employees engaged in important work to spur the economy, protect the environment and advance the health, safety and well-being of Americans.

The finalists will be honored in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 7 as part of Public Service Recognition Week. The Service to America Medals have earned the reputation as the most prestigious awards to honor America’s civil servants.

“The Service to America Medal finalists remind us all about the true value and spirit of public servants,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO. “Too often we only appreciate our government workforce in times of emergency or when services are no longer available to us. The medals shine a spotlight on the important work they do each and every day.”

The finalists are contenders for eight Service to America Medals, including Federal Employee of the Year. Medal recipients will be announced on October 3 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Medal categories include Science and Environment; Homeland Security and Law Enforcement; National Security and International Affairs; Citizen Services; and Management Excellence.

The finalists’ achievements range from new discoveries in space, improved hurricane forecasting and the first-ever use of genome sequencing to help stop the spread of deadly hospital-acquired infections to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, developing new approaches to treat drug addiction and helping small businesses get capital to grow and create jobs.

A list of the 31 Service to America Medal finalists and their accomplishments can be found at

The Service to America Medal recipients will be chosen by a committee that includes leaders from government, academia, the private sector, the media and the philanthropic community.

Renamed the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals in 2010 to commemorate the organization’s founder, the program has honored more than 400 outstanding federal employees since its inception in 2002. More information about the program and the 2013 finalists’ achievements is available at

National sponsors for the 2013 Service to America Medals are The Boston Consulting Group, Chevron, ConantLeadership and United Technologies Corporation. Additional sponsors include EADS North America, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citi, Deloitte and ForeSee.

The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. Visit for more information.


The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.