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Safety, Security and International Affairs finalist: Kiera Berdinner

During Public Service Recognition Week 2022, the Partnership is spotlighting some finalists in each award category for this fall’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals® program. This post features Kiera Berdinner, program officer at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, a finalist for the Safety, Security and International Affairs medal.

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How the State Department workforce changed under the Trump administration

Our recent Fed Figures analysis found that the overall number of full-time civilian federal employees increased under the Trump administration—despite its stated intent to shrink the size of the federal workforce. However, one notable exception where this did not occur was at the State Department, which decreased by an average of 0.2% each year.

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COVID-19 heroes and leaders: Stories told through our podcast

Several federal employees who led our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic were featured on two recent episodes of the Partnership’s new podcast, “Profiles in Public Service.” Learn about two doctors at the National Institutes of Health who improved participation in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine testing in underserved communities and a State Department employee who repatriated Americans stranded abroad when the pandemic hit.

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