This award will recognize a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to social services (including economic development and assistance, education, health care, housing, labor and transportation). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 award.
Position: Director, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
Agency: U.S. Department of Defense, TRICARE Management Activity
Location: Falls Church, Virginia
Residence: Burke, Virginia
Achievement: Leads the world’s largest assistive technology program, filling more than 57,000 accommodation requests for people with disabilities, including 2,400 accommodations for wounded service members
Position: Commissioner for Patents (Doll) and Chief Information Officer (Freeland)
Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Residence: Huntingtown, Maryland (Doll) and Leander, Texas (Freeland)
Achievement: Created the first successful Internet-based electronic filing system for U.S. patent applications
Position: Chief Technology Officer (Fung) and Deputy Director, Information Services Design and Development (Chao)
Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Residence: Silver Spring, Maryland (Fung) and Columbia, Maryland (Chao)
Achievement: Created the IT infrastructure that supports the new Medicare prescription drug benefit
Position: Director, Earned Income and Health Coverage Tax Credits
Agency: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
Location: Washington, D.C.
Residence: Arlington, Virginia
Achievement: Revamped outreach efforts for the Earned Income Tax Credit, helping hundreds of thousands of additional Americans receive vital benefits, and oversaw the Telephone Excise Tax Refund – the largest one-time tax refund in history
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.