The Partnership for Public Service has extended the nominating deadline for the annual “Sammies” awards, known in the Beltway as the “Oscars of Washington,” through Jan. 11.

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals honor the nation’s public servants in eight categories including Federal Employee of the Year, Science and Environment, Call to Service, Career Achievement, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement. 

The partnership selects winners based on three criteria: Impact of their work on meeting the nation’s nees, on-the-job motivation and commitment to public service. 

All career civilian federal employees qualify for the awards, and anyone can submit a nomination

The partnership will recognize 30 finalists during Public Service Recognition Week in the spring and honor the medal recipients during a fall gala in Washington, D.C.

Previous winners have ranged from an IRS employee responsible for the government’s eFile system to the DEA team whose undercover investigation led to the arrest and conviction of arms trafficker Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death.” 

The medals themselves are named in memory of Heyman, a business leader and philanthropist who founded the Partnership for Public Service.  

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