#StoriesOfService: Kristen Finne

Each week leading up to the eighteenth annual Service to America Medals gala on October 16, we will share a new track featuring a 2019 finalist’s powerful story of service. Each of these outstanding honorees reflected on their federal journey in conversations facilitated by StoryCorps®, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

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Celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing with the 2019 People’s Choice Award winner

This week, the Partnership announced the 2019 Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award winner as Robert Cabana and the Kennedy Space Center Senior Management Team. Their work is particularly salient this week as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In this blog post, Janet Petro, deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center, remarks on her team’s win and how the moon landing inspires them today.

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Our top four Sammies People’s Choice finalists

We are excited to announce our top four 2019 Sammies People’s Choice finalists. Read more about each of the finalists here and decide which one deserves your vote.

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A new standard for government leaders

By: Andrew Marshall

Leading in the federal government is a unique and complicated challenge. The Partnership has created the Public Service Leadership Model to help government leaders evaluate their performance, assess their progress and chart a course to reach their leadership potential. Learn more about the model and how individuals, teams and agencies can use it to strengthen our government.

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Recognizing government employees during Public Service Recognition Week

By: Lia Collen

Government employees deserve more recognition than they typically receive. Public Service Recognition Week is the perfect time to honor those who have dedicated their careers to public service. Take a look at some of the ways that agencies across the country are recognizing their employees.

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Recognition for outstanding federal workers should be the norm

By: Jim Seymour

Last week, the 2019 Gears of Government Hall of Winners were announced, honoring more than 150 individuals and teams, from more than 20 federal agencies, who have improved the lives of others or made our government better. This type of recognition should be the norm because it encourages high performers to get even better, take on bigger challenges and learn best practices from one another.

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How to make Employee Appreciation Day last all year

Employee Appreciation Day is a great opportunity to recognize your staff’s hard work and dedication. But appreciation should never be confined to just one day. Here are some tips for preserving the spirit of Employee Appreciation Day and making your employees feel valued throughout the year.

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The 2013 Service to America Medals revealed the devastating effects of a government shutdown

By: Jim Seymour

As the government shutdown continues for a third week, we reflect on the 2013 Service to America Medals awards gala, which took place three days into that year’s government shutdown. That night as we we recognized our government’s most outstanding employees, many of whom were furloughed as they received their awards, it was a powerful reminder of just how important the federal workforce is and how damaging shutdowns can be.

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