Finalists named for 2014 Service to America medals


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On Tuesday, the Partnership for Public Service announced its 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal finalists. Here are the names of the 33 federal workers who are up for the annual leadership awards, which recognize exemplary public service across seven categories of government work. The winners will be announced September 22.

The below list and descriptions come from the Partnership for Public Service.

 

Call to Service Medal Finalists:

U.S. Air Force | Jonathan Baker

Baker saved taxpayers more than $4 billion on the purchase of 40 new rockets, and led the engineering team responsible for launching 13 Air Force satellites into orbit.

 

U.S. Agency for International Development | Anthony Cotton, Amanda Femal, Jason Fleming, JP Gibbons and the Development Credit Authority Transaction Teams

The team generated nearly $1 billion in aid for 60 projects in 42 developing countries during the past two years through an innovative, public-private loan guarantee program.

 

Securities and Exchange Commission | Sofia Hussain

Hussain helped federal investigators crack intricate securities fraud cases and return hundreds of millions of dollars to investors by introducing cutting-edge technology and data analysis.

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development | Sara Meyers

Meyers created sophisticated data analysis systems to evaluate the performance of federal housing programs, and set up processes to track $13.6 billion in economic stimulus and $50 billion for Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery.

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Miguel O. Román

Román provided timely and reliable information on wildfires, storm damage and global energy consumption to help scientists and policymakers better understand and respond to natural disasters and climate change.

 

Career Achievement Medal Finalists:

National Science Foundation | Scott Gerald Borg

Borg directed a world-class research program in Antarctica that led to important scientific discoveries about climate change, the origins of the universe, previously unknown sea life and two new dinosaur species.

 

Department of State | Thomas Browne

Browne transformed drug prevention and addiction treatment programs in 70 countries around the world, providing special care and assistance to women and children.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Robert A. Canino

Canino pioneered the use of civil rights laws to try human trafficking cases when criminal enforcement and labor laws proved ineffective in defending foreign-born and intellectually disabled workers who were abused and exploited.

 

Department of Justice | Edwin Kneedler

Kneedler argued 125 cases and helped shape the government’s legal position on hundreds more before the Supreme Court, while setting a high standard for integrity and protecting the long term interests of the United States.

 

Environmental Protection Agency | E. Ramona Trovato

Trovato helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on the impact of pollutants on children, and by devising strategies to respond to biological, chemical and radiological contamination from a terrorist attack.

 

Citizen Services Medal Finalists:

Federal Communications Commission | Michael Byrne

Byrne put detailed data about our nation’s broadband availability and communications systems in the hands of citizens and policymakers through the use of interactive online maps and other visualizations.

 

Government Accountability Office | Marcia Crosse

Crosse directed congressional attention and prompted reforms to the Food and Drug Administration’s global role in the regulation of drugs and medical devices to help the agency better protect public health.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | James D. Green

Green collaborated with the ambulance manufacturing industry and multiple federal agencies to create ambulance crash standards to help reduce injuries and fatalities among EMS workers and patients.

 

Environmental Protection Agency | Douglas James Norton

Norton engaged citizens, scientists and state agencies in protecting their local streams, lakes and rivers by providing access to water quality data and assessment tools via the Web.

 

Smithsonian Institution | Günter Waibel, Adam Metallo and Vincent Rossi

The team made iconic treasures from the Smithsonian’s vast collection accessible to students, teachers, historians and curious visitors everywhere through the use of computerized 3-D imaging and printing technologies.

 

Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalists:

Department of Health and Human Services | Omar Pérez Aybar, Reginald J. France and the Miami HEAT Teams

They led hundreds of Medicare fraud investigations that have resulted in more than 600 convictions in South Florida, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars and providing an investigative roadmap for other jurisdictions to follow.

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation | Susan M. Hanson

Hanson brought to justice four prison guards who brutally beat and murdered an inmate, and exposed a culture of abuse in Alabama prisons.

 

U.S. Coast Guard | Anthony Regalbuto

Regalbuto assessed the vulnerabilities of hundreds of marine facilities and created comprehensive security plans for domestic and international shipping ports to guard against terrorist attacks.

 

Department of Energy | Gilbert Bindewald, Alice A. Lippert and Patrick Willging

They helped government authorities and power companies deliver emergency services and restore electricity following widespread natural disasters by creating critical information sharing and assessment tools.

 

Management Excellence Medal Finalists:

General Services Administration | Sonny Hashmi

Hashmi led the General Service Administration’s “Cloud Initiative,” improving employee effectiveness, reducing agency costs and creating a model for other federal agencies to follow

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Alan J. Lindenmoyer

Lindenmoyer transformed NASA’s space travel programs, helping the U.S. continue important space research while reducing taxpayer costs and stimulating the commercial space industry.

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development | Marion Mollegen McFadden and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Staff

In the months following Hurricane Sandy, they coordinated efforts of numerous federal agencies to help rebuild stronger and safer communities.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs | Ronald E. Walters

Walters honored our country’s veterans by delivering the pinnacle of care and service at their final resting place, while increasing availability and access to burial sites throughout the country.

 

National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalists: 

U.S. Agency for International Development | Jill Boezwinkle

Guided a U.S. initiative to provide safe drinking water to 5 million people in Kenya and Uganda, saving lives and preventing illnesses for thousands of individuals

 

Department of the Army | R. Patrick DeGroodt

Helped America’s warfighters achieve mission success and stay out of harm’s way by developing and deploying a new mobile communications network that gives Army units continuous connectivity on the battlefield

 

Department of State | Jonathan Gandomi

Gandomi coordinated U.S. efforts to end the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army, one of Africa’s oldest and most brutal extremist groups, and help victims overcome decades of violence

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Dr. Rana A. Hajjeh and the Hib Initiative Team

Hajjeh led a global campaign to convince some of the world’s poorest countries to use a vaccine to fight bacterial meningitis and pneumonia, an initiative that is estimated to save the lives of 7 million children by 2020

 

Air Force Research Laboratory | Sean C. Young and Benjamin J. Tran

Young and Tran saved U.S. soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan by creating and deploying a new aerial sensor system to help Army and Special Forces units detect and destroy deadly improvised explosive devices 

 

Science and Environment Medal Finalists: 

Department of Veterans Affairs | William A. Bauman and Ann M. Spungen

Bauman and Spungen greatly improved the health care and the quality of life of paralyzed veterans by developing new ways to treat long-overlooked medical problems

 

Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | William Charmley and James Tamm

Charmley and Tamm led an interagency team that developed standards for cars and light trucks that will double fuel economy by 2025 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6 billion metric tons

 

Department of Energy | John Cymbalsky

Cymbalsky brought together industry and environmental groups to adopt new efficiency standards for appliances and commercial equipment that will save consumers money and reduce energy consumption and air pollution

 

Air Force Research Laboratory | Richard Rast

Rast developed a new, low cost method of locating and tracking space debris that could severely damage or destroy spacecraft and vital communications, navigation and weather satellites.

 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Jeffrey Rogers

Rogers created a wearable sensor that provides real-time information on the risk of traumatic brain injuries to soldiers exposed to bomb blasts, resulting in quicker medical treatment and uncovering previously undiagnosed injuries.

 

Lillian Cunningham is the editor and feature writer for The Washington Post's 'On Leadership' section.
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