Federal Players

Susan Kelly: Helping military members transition to a new life

(Susan Kelly / courtesy Partnership for Public Service)

More than 200,000 men and women leave the military every year.

Robert Kavlock: Use of technology has revolutionized evaluation of chemicals

Robert Kavlock: Use of technology has revolutionized evaluation of chemicals

EPA scientist changed the face of testing, and worked with agencies and the private sector to get results.

Katharine Lee: Bringing more efficient landings to congested airports

Katharine Lee: Bringing more efficient landings to congested airports

When there are major technological breakthroughs for air traffic control at airports, Katharine Lee and her team at NASA are usually behind it.

Natasha de Marcken: Ensuring millions of children in developing countries learn to read

Natasha de Marcken: Ensuring millions of children in developing countries learn to read

Natasha de Marcken has helped reshape the way USAID manages its $800 million annual investment in 140 basic education programs in more than 40 countries.

Ed Ramotowski: Smoothing the visa process while maintaining U.S. security

Ed Ramotowski: Smoothing the visa process while maintaining U.S. security

Ed Ramotowski is deputy assistant secretary for visa services.

Peter Morrison: Working on weapons technology for the Navy

Peter Morrison: Working on weapons technology for the Navy

The game-changing laser weapons system project was led by Peter Morrison from the Office of Naval Research.

Stephanie Hogan: Defending a clampdown on harmful emissions

Stephanie Hogan: Defending a clampdown on harmful emissions

Hogan has played a pivotal role in defending the federal government’s interstate air pollution policies.

Richard Feely: Researching ocean acidification and prompting leaders to act

Richard Feely: Researching ocean acidification and prompting leaders to act

Feely has done pioneering research demonstrating the ecological damage to the oceans and sea life from carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from human activity.

Rob Thayer: Getting food to Syrians displaced by war

Rob Thayer: Getting food to Syrians displaced by war

Rob Thayer with the U.S. Agency for International Development leads a Syria emergency food assistance team.

Kevin Chittick: Eyes in the sky for the park service

Kevin Chittick: Eyes in the sky for the park service

Chittick is chief pilot for the U.S. Park Police, in one of the country’s few urban national parks.

Maribel Vasquez: A new face of U.S. diplomacy in Southern China

Maribel Vasquez: A new face of U.S. diplomacy in Southern China

Vasquez will arrive in Southern China later this summer to provide services to U.S. and local citizens.

Kevin Stricklin: Working to prevent deadly coal mine accidents

Kevin Stricklin: Working to prevent deadly coal mine accidents

When disaster strikes in America’s coal mines, Kevin Stricklin and his team at the Mine Safety and Health Administration race to the scene to lead dangerous rescue and recovery operations.

Steven LaFountain: Working to increase the cybersecurity talent pipeline

Steven LaFountain: Working to increase the cybersecurity talent pipeline

Steven LaFountain is the dean of NSA’s College of Cyber.

Kristin Hannan: Monitoring the ocean for a healthy shark population

Kristin Hannan: Monitoring the ocean for a healthy shark population

Kristin Hannan, a fisheries biologist, helps keep watch over the health of the shark population for the National Marine Fisheries Services.

Kevin Hannes: Coordinated federal response to Central American refugee crisis

Kevin Hannes: Coordinated federal response to Central American refugee crisis

Kevin Hannes is FEMA assistant director.

Charles Milam: Improving the health and fitness of the nation’s military

Charles Milam: Improving the health and fitness of the nation’s military

While the military has been protecting the nation’s security, Charles Milam has been improving the lives of military members, including their families.

Betty Soskin: A living monument to WWII history

Betty Soskin: A living monument to WWII history

She is a park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif.

Edward Elliott: Running a patent program that recognizes humanitarian assistance

Edward Elliott: Running a patent program that recognizes humanitarian assistance

The Patent for Humanities program designed by Elliott recognizes and rewards businesses, nonprofits, universities and inventors..

Jay Evans: Searching for answers to the decline in honeybees

Jay Evans: Searching for answers to the decline in honeybees

Evans is one of the nation’s leading scientists focused on identifying the causes of a prolonged die-off of the nation’s honeybees.

Anna Dozier: Protecting worker pension and health benefits

Anna Dozier: Protecting worker pension and health benefits

Anna Dozier is a senior investigator with the Department of Labor.

John Price: Applying space technology to rescue earthquake victims buried beneath the rubble

John Price: Applying space technology to rescue earthquake victims buried beneath the rubble

John Price is a program manager with the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg: Saving lives through important breakthroughs in cancer treatment

Dr. Steven Rosenberg: Saving lives through important breakthroughs in cancer treatment

Rosenberg is developing life-saving treatments for millions of cancer patients by pioneering the use of the body’s immune system and genetically engineering anti-tumor cells to fight the disease.

Nathan Bland: Working hand in hand with the government, people and institutions in Belize

Nathan Bland: Working hand in hand with the government, people and institutions in Belize

Nathan Bland works on a head-spinning number of political, economic and law enforcement issues at the U.S. embassy in Belize.

Jay Austin: Leading the way toward government innovation and transparency, one vote at a time

Jay Austin: Leading the way toward government innovation and transparency, one vote at a time

Jay Austin—known by some people at HUD as “chief idea implementer”—manages Switchboard.

Megan Moloney: Using digital media to inform and assist veterans

Megan Moloney: Using digital media to inform and assist veterans

Megan Moloney heads the VA’s digital media team.

Jim Doolittle: Decades of detecting hidden objects underground

Jim Doolittle: Decades of detecting hidden objects underground

As a research soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Doolittle works with ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction.

Jeremy Konyndyk: Responding to humanitarian crises worldwide

Jeremy Konyndyk: Responding to humanitarian crises worldwide

Konyndyk is director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at the USAID.

Elizabeth Southerland: Providing the science to keep the nation’s water safe for drinking, swimming and fishing

Elizabeth Southerland: Providing the science to keep the nation’s water safe for drinking, swimming and fishing

Southerland’s office at the EPA produces the research that the agency uses to set water-pollution limits.

Frank S. Borris II: Protecting drivers and passengers from vehicle safety defects

Frank S. Borris II: Protecting drivers and passengers from vehicle safety defects

Frank S. Borris II has been the director of NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation since 2011.

John Golder: Teaching the science of fire to arson investigators-in-training

John Golder: Teaching the science of fire to arson investigators-in-training

John Golder manages ATF’s Certified Fire Investigator program and teaches the science of fire.

Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

She helps manage two major HUD grant programs that provide funds to communities.