Sammies honors 20 years of outstanding federal government
The Public Service Partnership hosted its annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Awards on November 1, honoring nine federal employees and their associated teams out of 29 applicants for having made a significant impact through their public service.
âIt’s the 20th anniversary of the Sammies. These awards are not just the Oscars of public service, they are a reminder that public service is a high impact profession, âPresident Joe Biden said at the awards ceremony.
True to the 2020 trend, the Federal Employee of the Year award went to work on the COVID-19 pandemic, with former National Institutes of Health Research researcher Kizzmekia Corbett and former deputy director of the NIH Vaccine Research Center Barney Graham receiving the honor for their research which led to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.
âTheir names will be in the history books,â said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who won the same award in 2020. âAll vaccines (COVID-19 ) who perform very well are totally dependent on their work.
Faucci noted that their work on documenting the structure of the virus forms the basis for all successful COVID-19 vaccines so far.
In addition to the Federal Employee of the Year Medal, six other awards were presented to the federal government for outstanding work in the public service.
Reem Ghandour, Director of the Epidemiology Division of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, received the Science and Environment Medal for her leadership in the National Child Health Survey. This survey, released in 2020, provided essential information on factors affecting the health of children in the United States.
“There had been no consensus among countries, academics or federal agencies on how to measure this important concept, but Reem decided to take on the task,” Michael Kogan, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Research from the Health Resources and Services Administration, said in a press release. âShe has organized meetings with international and national authorities, other federal agencies and stakeholders at different levels. She helped create and test an entire section devoted to school readiness. It is a remarkable achievement to advance an entire area of ââscientific work. “
According to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, the investigation “lived in the era of dinosaurs” before Ghandour’s involvement.
Callie higgins, a materials research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, received the Emerging Leaders Medal for her work in inventing technology to detect microscopic defects in 3D printing technology.
âSay you hurt yourself and you don’t have any more cartilage in your knee. It’s a really hard fabric to make yourself in our own bodies, and I’m working to reconstruct this whole interface with 3D printing, âHiggins said, noting that her role as a federal employee made it possible. scope of his work.
âI have the support of NIST to forge my own path. “
“The impact of the science that Callie discovered is immeasurable,” Robert Keller, supervisory materials research engineer at NIST, said in a press release. âManufacturers will have the opportunity to create high quality plastic parts. In the healthcare industry, this technology could lead to advancements in the development of replacement body parts and organs. “
Ana Hinojosa and Eric Choy, the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director of the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Branch, respectively, and their Customs and Border Protection team were awarded the Safety, Security and Business Medal international organizations for their efforts in combating forced labor in products imported into the United States.
This team was also the recipient of the People’s Choice Award, which gives members of the public the opportunity to select their favorite from all of the nominees.
Michelle Daniels, Charles Eldridge and Ryan Jones, Housing Programs Specialist, Program Analyst and Deputy Director of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, respectively, led their team’s reception of the Management Excellence Medal for their work in providing housing assistance to the children aging outside the foster care system.
“With this program, it has propelled my life, it allowed me to take the advantage,” said Adaora Onuora, recipient of the program, during the ceremony.
The program, which offers rental vouchers and support services to children between the ages of 18 and 24 who have left the foster home, now enjoys bipartite support.
âThis is an extraordinary change in American social policy,â said Ruthie White, executive director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, in a press release. âI have spoken to hundreds of young people who have these vouchers and the stories are poignant and in many cases almost failed about experiencing homelessness.
Evan kwerel, Senior Economic Advisor in the Office of Economics and Analysis of the Federal Communication Commission, received the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Award, for his leadership in spectrum auctions to allocate public airwaves to transmission sound, data and video while raising over $ 200 billion for the government in revenue.
“For decades, the FCC held what were called ‘beauty pageants’ where companies applied for a band of spectrum and the FCC determined who was going to win and for what purpose,” said the former president. of the FCC, Ajit Pai, in a press release. âEvan, along with two Nobel Prize winners, designed the FCC’s first spectrum auction. He was a pioneer. “
The Volcker Prize recognizes the nearly three-decade career in public service of Paul A. Volcker, who served under Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama in various positions. The award is presented to an employee who has led significant achievements during at least 20 years of public service.
Gary Gibbons and Eliseo PÃ©res-Stable, Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at NIH and Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH, respectively, became the first recipients of the COVID-19 Response Medal for their efforts to increase testing and participating in COVID-19 trials in underserved communities.
âGary and I got together when Dr. Collins, the director of the NIH, called us to say ‘what are we going to do about these vaccine trials when 90 percent of the volunteers are white?’ And so we got together every Saturday morning for about three months to strategize, mobilize ourselves to advise, âPÃ©res-Stable said.
âAny scientific study would potentially leave questions on the table if we didn’t have a diverse participation. “
“The year 2020 will be remembered for two great events: COVID-19 and the highlighting of structural racism, which includes healthcare,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, in a statement from hurry. âDr. Gibbons and Dr. PÃ©rez-Stable approach these two crises with commendable and very empowering community outreach.â
Jessie Bur covers the federal workforce and the changes most likely to impact government employees.