A top federal official will take the mound Tuesday at Nationals Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Washington’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. (Courtesy of OPM). OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. (Courtesy of OPM).

The Nationals organization extended that honor to Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta as a nod to federal workers in the midst of Public Service Recognition Week, which takes place from May 4-10.

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The ball club will recognize the finalists for the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards and the winners of the 2013 Federal Employees of the Year medal during a pre-game ceremony. Federal workers can purchase discounted tickets to the game.

The Service to America medals, known as “Sammies,” are among the highest honors for public employees, with award categories that range from citizen services to management excellence.

Tara Palmore and Julie Segre won last year’s award for Federal Employees of the Year for their groundbreaking use of DNA sequencing techniques to end the 2011 outbreak of a hospital-acquired “superbug” that killed seven patients and sickened many others at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center.

The NIH employees, one an epidemiologist and the other a genome researcher, used the Klebsiella pneumoniae bacterium’s DNA to map the bug’s path and help stop its spread.

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