The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) pay tribute to America's dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to our country. Honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.
The twelfth annual Sammies gala was held on October 3, 2013, at the historic Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Among this year’s award presenters were White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Bianna Golodryga, anchor of Good Morning America Weekend Edition, served as master of ceremonies.
President Barack Obama meets with Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals finalists and winners in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
“The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal honorees were proud and energized to hear directly from President Obama about how important their work is to our nation,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Post-shutdown, at a time when federal leaders are refocusing the workforce on the mission at hand, the President sent a powerful message about his support of our nation’s talented public servants.”
On Thursday, October 3, the Partnership for Public Service presented nine outstanding public servants with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies). Having earned the reputation as the “Oscars” of public service, the achievements of the 2013 medal recipients range from eradicating polio in India to landing an exploratory vehicle on Mars to saving the Air Force more than $1 billion in 2012 by reducing energy consumption. The top medal, Federal Employee of the Year, was presented to a National Institutes of Health team of doctors led by Drs. Julie Segre and Tara Palmore for revolutionizing the way hospital-acquired infections can be identified and halted through genetic sequencing of the bacteria. An estimated 100,000 U.S. patients die annually from hospital-acquired infections.
“We will never get what we want out of our government if its successes arenít identified, celebrated and replicated,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO. “Smart, dedicated public servants are making contributions that change the world for the better every day, and it is especially meaningful that we happen to be recognizing them at a time when Congress has closed the doors on their great work.”Tweets about "#sammies2013"
The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service.
2013 National Sponsors:
Booz Allen Hamilton
The Boston Consulting Group
United Technologies Corporation