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Partnership for Public Service to Honor Best in Government at 2016 Service to America Medals Gala

September 14, 2016

WASHINGTON— On Tuesday, September 20, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service will present eight Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals to outstanding federal employees who are making a difference in their communities and improving the lives of Americans and others around the world. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Service to America Medals, also known as the “Oscars of government service,” are the premier awards dedicated to celebrating our nation’s civil servants.

WHAT: Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals awards ceremony

WHO: 2016 Service to America Medal recipients (please call for embargoed list of medalists)

Hosted by actor Michael Kelly, “House of Cards” and journalist Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News Weekend Today Show and MSNBC

Medal presenters and distinguished guests include:

  • White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
  • Admiral Thad W. Allen (Ret.)
  • Bruce Andrews, deputy secretary, Department of Commerce
  • Sarah Bloom Raskin, deputy secretary, Department of the Treasury
  • Charles Bolden, administrator, NASA
  • Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.)
  • Beth Cobert, acting director, Office of Personnel Management
  • Nani Coloretti, deputy secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Carolyn Colvin, acting commissioner, Social Security Administration
  • Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.)
  • Shaun Donovan, director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.)
  • John Koskinen, commissioner, IRS
  • Chris Lu, deputy secretary, Department of Labor
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary, Department of Homeland Security
  • Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)
  • Victor Mendez, deputy secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Stan Meiburg, acting deputy administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)
  • Denise Turner Roth, administrator of the General Services Administration
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  • Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. awards dinner

WHERE: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

BACKGROUND: The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program was created in 2002 by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to honor our federal government’s outstanding employees.

Media: Please RSVP to Erika Walter at 202-775-9111 or