Diane Braunstein, director of the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program, was a 2011 winner of the Service to America Medal. (SAM KITTNER/KITTNER.COM)

The Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to promoting public service, is accepting nominations for the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal through Jan. 18, the group said Wednesday.

Nine medals, including the prestigious Federal Employee of the Year medal, will be awarded to workers who are determined to have made significant contributions to the country. Other medal categories include Call to Service, Career Achievement, Homeland Security, Justice and Law Enforcement and other categories related to specific government fields.

Adding to the honor, the awards include cash prizes ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.

The Washington Post profiled several of the 2011 winners and finalists. To read the series, click here. (The Post and the Partnership maintain a content-sharing deal.)

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