2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

2007 Finalists—Career Acheivement Medal

This award will recognize a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service. This medal is accompanied by a $10,000 award.

Dr. John Mather

Position: Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

Residence: Hyattsville, Maryland

Achievement: Confirmed the Big Bang Theory to earn the Nobel Prize in Physics

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Dr. Walter Oleszek

Position: Senior Specialist in Legislative Process

Agency: Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service

Location: Washington, D.C.

Residence: Fairfax, Virginia

Achievement: Provided expert advice to Congressional lawmakers and staff for almost 40 years and helped emerging democracies around the world strengthen their legislative assemblies

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Dr. David Vesely

Position: Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Agency: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, James A. Haley VA Medical Center

Location: Tampa, Florida

Residence: Tampa, Florida

Achievement: Discovered three hormones made by the heart that benefit the treatment of congestive heart failure, kidney failure and cancer

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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.

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Finalist photos by Sam Kittner / kittner.com