The contest involves medals in categories ranging from Career Achievement to Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, with a selection committee choosing the winners based on three criteria: the impact of their work on meeting the needs of the nation; on-the-job innovation; and commitment to public service.
The highest award, for Federal Employee of the Year, went to an epidemiologist and a genome researcher at the National Institutes of Health who helped stop an outbreak of a deadly bacterium.
The 2014 award finalists will be recognized next spring at a Capitol Hill ceremony during Public Service Recognition Week, while the winners will be honored at a separate event in Washington next fall.
The awards are named after a business leader and philanthropist who founded the Partnership for Public Service, a good-government advocacy group.
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