Federal Players

Preserving and restoring our nation’s monuments

Catherine Dewey oversees the care of all of the statues, memorials and monuments on the National Mall.

DeAndra Cullen: Preventing housing discrimination by educating people about rights

DeAndra Cullen: Preventing housing discrimination by educating people about rights

Cullen’s job is to do outreach and educate people whose civil rights could be violated during their search for housing, as well as inform housing providers who need to comply with the law.

EPA scientist tracks the health of the ocean and other waterways

EPA scientist tracks the health of the ocean and other waterways

For some three decades, Darvene Adams has focused her attention on monitoring water quality and seeking to curb pollution in the ocean, bays, harbors and estuaries of the New Jersey and New York region.

Barbara Schroeder: Saving sea turtles by coordinating conservation and recovery efforts

Barbara Schroeder: Saving sea turtles by coordinating conservation and recovery efforts

As national sea turtle coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Barbara Schroeder works on the conservation and recovery of sea turtles.

Fighting to keep meningitis, whooping cough and other preventable diseases at bay

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In the wake of a meningitis B outbreak on two college campuses, Dr. Tom Clark and his team from the CDC worked to investigate and help rein in the dangerous disease.

Creating verdant lawns for the nation’s ‘front yard’

Creating verdant lawns for the nation’s ‘front yard’

Michael Stachowicz is a turf expert, the man who helps the National Park Service grow and maintain healthy lawns on the National Mall.

Overseeing USAID’s humanitarian response in war-torn Syria

Overseeing USAID’s humanitarian response in war-torn Syria

Alex Mahoney of USAID is overseeing a $848 million U.S. humanitarian response in Syria.

Empowering women and girls in developing nations

Empowering women and girls in developing nations

Natika Washington has one singular goal – to invest in the financial and social well-being of women and girls globally.

BLS economist helps ensure the accuracy of the Consumer Price Index

BLS economist helps ensure the accuracy of the Consumer Price Index

For the past four years, Emily Hunter has played a key role in maintaining the quality of the most widely used measure of inflation.

Researching “super dust” and other materials that could reduce the cost of air and space travel

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Mia Siochi’s work at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia has the potential to improve aviation and save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Keeping tabs for Congress on DOD’s base closing efforts

Keeping tabs for Congress on DOD’s base closing efforts

WhenCongress approved closing of 22 major military installations in 2005, Brian Lepore was given the task of monitoring the process.

Andrew Scott: Managing the design and building of U.S. embassies

Andrew Scott: Managing the design and building of U.S. embassies

Andrew Scott serves as an architectural watchdog for the construction of U.S. embassies in Africa and Southeast Asia

IRS agent traced illicit finances of notorious Boston mob boss

IRS agent traced illicit finances of notorious Boston mob boss

Sandra Lemanski was the IRS criminal investigator assigned to look into the hidden financial activities of James (Whitey) Bulger.

Cybercrime expert hunts child predators

Cybercrime expert hunts child predators

John MacKinnon leads an ICE Homeland Security Investigations teamthat focuses on finding and rescuing exploited child victims.

Designing currency to prevent counterfeiting

Designing currency to prevent counterfeiting

Dan Humphrey and colleagues at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are exploring new U.S. currency security features for the future.

Supplying USDA with data to help vanquish agricultural pests

Supplying USDA with data to help vanquish agricultural pests

Armed with data, Todd Schroeder helps the USDA take aim at pests and diseases that enter the country in shipments of agricultural products and those that crop up at home.

Looking for answers to stem the obesity epidemic

Looking for answers to stem the obesity epidemic

Dalya Lateef, a postdoctoral fellow at NIH, is working on better understanding the causes of obesity.

CDC doctor led polio eradication project in India

CDC doctor led polio eradication project in India

Two years ago, India was declared polio free in large part because of the work and dedication of Dr. Hamid Jafari, a medical officer from the CDC.

Helping the National Weather Service improve its performance

Helping the National Weather Service improve its performance

Andrea Bleistein is playing a critical role in helping the agency institute this new roadmap for change—a plan designed to improve the way the weather services does business and enhance its ability to save lives and property.

USGS scientist uses mercury contamination research to inform policymakers

USGS scientist uses mercury contamination research to inform policymakers

For more than two decades, Dave Krabbenhoft has devoted his working life to studying the sources of mercury pollution throughout the United States and around the world.

Coordinating CDC’s public health emergency response teams

Coordinating CDC’s public health emergency response teams

Philip Navin Jr., the CDC’s director of emergency operations, is responsible for mobilizng and equipping doctors and scientists to cope with infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters.

Sezin Tokar: Helping USAID respond to storms and droughts

Sezin Tokar: Helping USAID respond to storms and droughts

Tokar synthesizes and packages meteorological information from numerous weather models and forecasts from the U.S. and foreign countries to make the data understandable and useful to the disaster management community.

Striking a major blow against two New York organized crime families

Striking a major blow against two New York organized crime families

Led by Supervisory Special Agent Seamus McElearney, an FBI team arrested 60 members and associates of the Colombo and Bonanno families.

NTSB investigator focuses on reducing drunken driving fatalities

NTSB investigator focuses on reducing drunken driving fatalities

Jana Price led a year-long NTSB study that examined and identified a series of concrete steps to curb the carnage on the nation’s roadways.

Chiraag Bains: Protecting the rights of defenseless victims

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Bains crisscrosses the country interviewing witnesses and trying cases to help protect the rights of some of the country’s most defenseless populations—victims of cross burnings, arrestees beaten by police officers and prisoners abused by guards.

Prodding China to confront its urban air pollution problems

Prodding China to confront its urban air pollution problems

Erica Thomas placed a monitor on top of the embassy building in Beijing to take air pollution readings and then began publishing that information on Twitter.

Rapid CDC response to meningitis outbreak from tainted steroid saved lives

Rapid CDC response to meningitis outbreak from tainted steroid saved lives

In September 2012, the CDC began receiving reports from health officials in Tennessee about patients diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis. This worrisome information set off alarm bells at the CDC, which quickly launched an emergency response team led by Dr. Jonathan Todd Weber.

NIST researcher has improved firefighting techniques and saved lives

NIST researcher has improved firefighting techniques and saved lives

Dan Madrzykowski has spent a good portion of his time in government burning down buildings to study how fire behaves, resulting in radical changes in firefighting practices around the country that are saving lives and protecting property.

Reducing dangerous greenhouse gas emissions at DOE facilities

Reducing dangerous greenhouse gas emissions at DOE facilities

Josh Silverman discovered that many of the Department of Energy’s facilities were unknowingly emitting a very powerful pollutant.

USDA scientist leads fight against foodborne illnesses

USDA scientist leads fight against foodborne illnesses

Emilio Esteban oversees a nationwide network of chemists, microbiologists and pathologists who monitor and analyze the food supply, uncover and evaluate potential foodborne hazards and estimate risks to human health.

Bringing innovations to the marketplace through a streamlined patent review system

Bringing innovations to the marketplace through a streamlined patent review system

Working with labor and the backing of agency leadership, Margaret Focarino negotiated and implemented the first significant changes to the patent examiner work processes in 30 years