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Federal Diary: Head of Suicide Prevention Program Gets Top Honor Among Those Recognized for Service

JANET KEMP, national director of the suicide prevention program for the Veterans Health Administration, was named Federal Employee of the Year.
JANET KEMP, national director of the suicide prevention program for the Veterans Health Administration, was named Federal Employee of the Year. (By Sam Kittner)
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The Justice and Law Enforcement Medal was awarded to Walter Benjamin Fisherow, deputy section chief in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division. Fisherow coordinated what is described as the largest Clean Air Act enforcement action ever, reducing air pollutants by nearly 2 million tons each year.

Amy Meyer, director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Economic Growth in Pakistan, was awarded the National Security and International Affairs Medal for her work building the $200 million program.

The Call to Service Medal was awarded to Clare Rowley, an economic analyst at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., who is credited with helping thousands stay in their homes through a mortgage-modification program to reduce foreclosures.

Kemp said she regretted that the 500 employees working full time on suicide prevention could not share the award with her.

"It's humbling," she said. "It doesn't happen by yourself. Nothing you do in the government you do alone."

Joe Davidson is away. He will resume writing this column when he returns. Contact Federal Diary at federaldiary@washpost.com.


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