Celebrating the Accomplishments
of America’s Public Servants

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.

Watch Highlights from the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman
Service to America Medals Gala

The twelfth annual Sammies gala was held on October 3, 2013, at the historic Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Among this year’s award presenters were White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Bianna Golodryga, anchor of Good Morning America Weekend Edition, served as master of ceremonies.

President Barack Obama Meets with the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medalists and Finalists

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President Barack Obama meets with Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals finalists and winners in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal honorees were proud and energized to hear directly from President Obama about how important their work is to our nation,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Post-shutdown, at a time when federal leaders are refocusing the workforce on the mission at hand, the President sent a powerful message about his support of our nation’s talented public servants.”

Stand-Out Public Servants Receive
Coveted Service to America Medals

The 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Recipients President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, Max Stier, welcomes Bianna Golodryga, Master of Ceremonies, to the stage. Doug Conant, Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership and Chairman of Avon Products, Andrew Rabens, recipient of the Call to Service Medal and Heather Higginbottom, counselor to the United States Secretary of State, backstage. Charles Bolden, Administrator of NASA, is interviewed backstage. Partnership for Public Service board member, Joel Fleishman and Dan Glickman enjoy the reception before the Service to America Medals Gala and Awards Ceremony. Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, presents Orice Williams Brown with the Career Achievement Medal. Nancy Killefer and Ellen Galinsky enjoy the Service to America Medals Gala and Awards Ceremony. Administrator of NASA, Charles Bolden, speaks about the accomplishments of David Lavery, recipient of the Science and Environment Medal. Counselor to the United States Secretary of State, Heather Higginbottom, speaks about the accomplishments of Andrew Rabens, recipient of the Call to Service Medal. United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, presents Kevin T. Geiss with the Management Excellence Medal. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, gets interviewed backstage. James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, Antonio J. Mendez, recipient of the Honorary Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal and Bob Anders, retired Department of State diplomat, backstage. Lloyd Howell and Trina Greer enjoy the dinner break at the Service to America Medals Gala and Awards Ceremony. White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, speaks about the achievements of the Federal Employee of the Year Medal recipients, Tara Palmore, Julie Segre and their team. Marty Hauser, Director of Government Communications at Untied Technologies Corporation, speaks about the achievements of Orice Williams Brown, recipient of the Career Achievement Medal. Partnership for Public Service board member, Peter Orszag, with his wife and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Bianna Golodryga. Partnership for Public Service board member, George Wellde, Anne Altman and Dan Chenok  at the Service to America Medals Gala and Awards Ceremony. Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, with Orice Williams Brown, Career Achievement Medal recipient, backstage. Daniel Madrzykowski is presented the Citizen Services Medal by Patrick Gallagher, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology. Ron Sanders, Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, and his wife with Antonio J. Mendez, recipient of the Honorary Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. Charles Bolden, Administrator at NASA, David Lavery, recipient of the Science and Environment Medal and Allie Grimes backstage. White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, gets interviewed backstage. Julie Segre, Tara Palmore and Team, recipients of the Federal Employees of the Year Medal, backstage with Cokie Roberts. The Operation Holitna Team, recipients of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal, backstage. Bianna Golodryga, Anchor of Good Morning America Weekend Edition, ABC News Correspondent and Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Stephen Green, Vice President of Policy, Government, and Public Affairs at Chevron, Hamid Jafari, recipient of the National Security and International Affairs Medal and Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, backstage. Antonio J. Mendez accepts the Honorary Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. Bob Anders, one of the six diplomats that Antonio J. Mendez's “Argo” operation recovered from Iran, speaks about Antonio, recipient of the Honorary Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. Stephen Green, Vice President of Policy, Government, and Public Affairs at Chevron, speaks about the achievements of Hamid Jafari, recipient of the National Security and International Affairs medal. The 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Sevice to America Medals Gala and Award Ceremony. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, reads a letter from President Obama. David Lavery accepts the Science and Environment Medal. Margaret Focarino, Management Excellence Medal finalist, and her husband enjoy the reception. Tara Palmore and Julie Segre accept their Federal Employees of the Year medals. Heather Higginbottom, Counselor to the United States Secretary of State presents the Call to Service Medal to Andrew Rabens. Kevin T. Geiss accepts the Management Excellence Medal. Patrick Gallagher, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, speaks about the accomplishments of Daniel Madrzykowski, recipient of the Citizen Services Medal. Master of Ceremonies, Bianna Golodryga, kicks off the evening. Rand Beers, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, congratulates John MacKinnon and the Operation Holitna Team, recipients of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal.  Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Bill Corr, presents Hamid Jafari with the National Security and International Affairs medal. President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, Max Stier, gives his opening remarks.

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On Thursday, October 3, the Partnership for Public Service presented nine 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 2013 medal recipients range from eradicating polio in India to landing an exploratory vehicle on Mars to saving the Air Force more than $1 billion in 2012 by reducing energy consumption. The top medal, Federal Employee of the Year, was presented to a National Institutes of Health team of doctors led by Drs. Julie Segre and Tara Palmore for revolutionizing the way hospital-acquired infections can be identified and halted through genetic sequencing of the bacteria. An estimated 100,000 U.S. patients die annually from hospital-acquired infections.

“We will never get what we want out of our government if its successes arenít identified, celebrated and replicated,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO. “Smart, dedicated public servants are making contributions that change the world for the better every day, and it is especially meaningful that we happen to be recognizing them at a time when Congress has closed the doors on their great work.”

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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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