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.
First Lady Michelle Obama greets the winners of the 2014 Sammies Awards, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, and executives in the East Garden Room (Booksellers Area) of the White House, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).
On Monday, September 22, the Partnership for Public Service presented eight 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 2014 medal recipients range from improving the lives of paralyzed veterans to arguing 125 cases before the Supreme Court to recovering nearly a billion dollars in stolen Medicare funds. The top medal, Federal Employee of the Year, was presented to Rana Hajjeh and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for leading a global vaccination campaign, the Hib Initiative, which will save the lives of millions of children.
All of the 2014 Sammies finalists are outstanding federal employees who are making
high-impact contributions to the health, safety and welfare of countless Americans and others around the world.
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.
2014 National Sponsors:
The Boston Consulting Group
United Technologies Corporation