Federal Players

Kristin Hannan: Monitoring the ocean for a healthy shark population

(Sam Kittner)

Kristin Hannan, a fisheries biologist, helps keep watch over the health of the shark population for the National Marine Fisheries Services.

    Kevin Hannes: Coordinated federal response to Central American refugee crisis

    Kevin Hannes: Coordinated federal response to Central American refugee crisis

    Kevin Hannes is FEMA assistant director.

    Charles Milam: Improving the health and fitness of the nation’s military

    Charles Milam: Improving the health and fitness of the nation’s military

    While the military has been protecting the nation’s security, Charles Milam has been improving the lives of military members, including their families.

    Betty Soskin: A living monument to WWII history

    Betty Soskin: A living monument to WWII history

    She is a park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif.

    Edward Elliott: Running a patent program that recognizes humanitarian assistance

    Edward Elliott: Running a patent program that recognizes humanitarian assistance

    The Patent for Humanities program designed by Elliott recognizes and rewards businesses, nonprofits, universities and inventors..

    Jay Evans: Searching for answers to the decline in honeybees

    Jay Evans: Searching for answers to the decline in honeybees

    Evans is one of the nation’s leading scientists focused on identifying the causes of a prolonged die-off of the nation’s honeybees.

    Anna Dozier: Protecting worker pension and health benefits

    Anna Dozier: Protecting worker pension and health benefits

    Anna Dozier is a senior investigator with the Department of Labor.

    John Price: Applying space technology to rescue earthquake victims buried beneath the rubble

    John Price: Applying space technology to rescue earthquake victims buried beneath the rubble

    John Price is a program manager with the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Dr. Steven Rosenberg: Saving lives through important breakthroughs in cancer treatment

    Dr. Steven Rosenberg: Saving lives through important breakthroughs in cancer treatment

    Rosenberg is developing life-saving treatments for millions of cancer patients by pioneering the use of the body’s immune system and genetically engineering anti-tumor cells to fight the disease.

    Nathan Bland: Working hand in hand with the government, people and institutions in Belize

    Nathan Bland: Working hand in hand with the government, people and institutions in Belize

    Nathan Bland works on a head-spinning number of political, economic and law enforcement issues at the U.S. embassy in Belize.

    Jay Austin: Leading the way toward government innovation and transparency, one vote at a time

    Jay Austin: Leading the way toward government innovation and transparency, one vote at a time

    Jay Austin—known by some people at HUD as “chief idea implementer”—manages Switchboard.

    Megan Moloney: Using digital media to inform and assist veterans

    Megan Moloney: Using digital media to inform and assist veterans

    Megan Moloney heads the VA’s digital media team.

    Jim Doolittle: Decades of detecting hidden objects underground

    Jim Doolittle: Decades of detecting hidden objects underground

    As a research soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Doolittle works with ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction.

    Jeremy Konyndyk: Responding to humanitarian crises worldwide

    Jeremy Konyndyk: Responding to humanitarian crises worldwide

    Konyndyk is director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at the USAID.

    Elizabeth Southerland: Providing the science to keep the nation’s water safe for drinking, swimming and fishing

    Elizabeth Southerland: Providing the science to keep the nation’s water safe for drinking, swimming and fishing

    Southerland’s office at the EPA produces the research that the agency uses to set water-pollution limits.

    Frank S. Borris II: Protecting drivers and passengers from vehicle safety defects

    Frank S. Borris II: Protecting drivers and passengers from vehicle safety defects

    Frank S. Borris II has been the director of NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation since 2011.

    John Golder: Teaching the science of fire to arson investigators-in-training

    John Golder: Teaching the science of fire to arson investigators-in-training

    John Golder manages ATF’s Certified Fire Investigator program and teaches the science of fire.

    Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

    Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

    She helps manage two major HUD grant programs that provide funds to communities.

    Yon Yu: Helping make stockpiled medicines and experimental drugs available during a crisis

    Yon Yu: Helping make stockpiled medicines and experimental drugs available during a crisis

    When there is an unusual strain of influenza, a scare about bioterrorism, the threat of an epidemic or the emergence of a rare disease, Yon Yu is on the case.

    Constantine Sarkos: Leading the FAA’s effort to reduce airliner fire hazards

    Constantine Sarkos: Leading the FAA’s effort to reduce airliner fire hazards

    Constantine Sarkos has played a pivotal role in reducing fire hazards aboard commercial aircraft, taking critical steps to improve cabin and cargo safety.

    Jeremy Grant: Working to improve the security of online transactions

    Jeremy Grant: Working to improve the security of online transactions

    Jeremy Grant is working with the business community, consumer and privacy groups, foundations, universities and public-sector agencies to make passwords obsolete.

    Gail Morgado: Stepping in and out of the world’s conflict zones to provide assistance

    Gail Morgado: Stepping in and out of the world’s conflict zones to provide assistance

    Gail Morgado looks at troubled regions around the world to find opportunities for the State Department to assist with expertise and resources.

    Linking NASA and the private sector to further space exploration

    Linking NASA and the private sector to further space exploration

    Alan Lindenmoyer created a new way for NASA to partner with the private sector to build rockets and spacecraft at a dramatically reduced cost to taxpayers.

    Attorney helps protect U.S. currency from counterfeiters

    Attorney helps protect U.S. currency from counterfeiters

    Bureau of Engraving and Printing Chief Counsel Sidney Rocke advised changing the agency’s regulations to place the burden of proof on the suspected swindlers.

    Blair Mase: Coordinating the rescue of marine mammals

    Blair Mase: Coordinating the rescue of marine mammals

    When reports come in about whales, dolphins or other marine mammals stranded on a beach or tangled in debris in waters in the coastal waters of the Southeast, Blair Mase goes to work.

    Improving the lives of veterans with spinal cord injury

    Improving the lives of veterans with spinal cord injury

    Dr. William Bauman has worked at a VA hospital to produce a series of medical advances and new drug therapies that have improved the lives of those with spinal cord injuries.

    Stephen Caldwell: Evaluating national security programs for Congress

    Stephen Caldwell: Evaluating national security programs for Congress

    Stephen Caldwell, an expert on maritime security, has been scrutinizing national security programs for Congress for more than 30 years.

    Protecting soldiers from deadly improvised explosive devices

    Protecting soldiers from deadly improvised explosive devices

    Civilian engineer Sean Young along with colleague Benjamin Tran at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio led the development, testing and deployment of a cutting-edge system of sensors placed on unmanned aerial vehicles that are detecting IEDs from the air and saving lives.

    Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture

    Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture

    Al Muñoz created the Returning Veterans to Agriculture Project.

    Bringing the 911 emergency call service into the digital age

    Bringing the 911 emergency call service into the digital age

    Thanks to the leadership of Laurie Flaherty, an effort is underway to create a faster, more flexible and durable network that will enable 911 to keep up with the wide-range of communication technologies used by the American public.

    Overseeing how the garden grows

    Overseeing how the garden grows

    U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Ari Novy oversees a multitude of programs and exhibits.