Ironic timing for ‘Sammie’ award winners

The Partnership for Public Service has released the names of the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal winners.

The “Sammie” awards, as they are known within the federal workforce, are considered to be among the most prestigious honors for U.S. civil servants. Categories range from Federal Employee of the Year and Career Achievement Medal to the Management Excellence and International Affairs medals.

Slideshow of all nine 2013 Sammie recipients

The partnership will recognize the Sammie honorees on Thursday during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

This year’s awards come on the heels of a government shutdown that has forced 800,000 federal employees on furlough. Four of the medal recipients are off work until Congress and the White House reach a deal to fund their agencies again.

Thursday’s Washington Post will include a story explaining the accomplishments of all the honorees.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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