2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

2007 Finalists—Citizen Services Medal

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.

Dinah F. B. Cohen

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

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John Doll and David Freeland

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

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Wallace Fung and Henry Chao

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

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David Williams

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

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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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