2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

2008 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.

Dr. Rajiv Jain

Position: Chief of Staff and MRSA Program Director

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Residence: Wexford, Pennsylvania

Achievement: Developed and led an initiative that reduced a type of life-threatening, hospital-acquired infections by 60 percent and has been replicated at all 153 VA hospitals and other hospitals across America and parts of the world

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Dr. David J. Lipman

Position: Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Residence: Rockville, Maryland

Achievement: Led the development of the groundbreaking PubMed Central database which enhances biomedical research in a way that is accelerating scientific discovery and increasing public knowledge

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Carolyn Shanoff and Team

Position: Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education

Agency: Federal Trade Commission

Location: Washington, D.C.

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Preventing identity theft by educating more than 120 million American households about the crime

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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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