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2014 Federal Employee of the Year

Rana A. Hajjeh and the Hib Initiative Team

Position: Director, Division of Bacterial Diseases

Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Achievement: Led a global campaign to convince some of the world’s poorest countries to use a vaccine to fight bacterial meningitis and pneumonia, an initiative that is estimated to save the lives of 7 million children by 2020

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2014 Career Achievement Medal Recipient

Edwin Kneedler

Position: Deputy Solicitor General

Agency: Department of Justice

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Argued 125 cases and helped shape the government’s legal position on hundreds more before the Supreme Court, while setting a high standard for integrity and protecting the long-term interests of the United States

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2014 Call to Service Medal Recipient

Sara Meyers

Position: Director, Sandy Program Management Office

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Created a sophisticated data analysis system to evaluate the performance of federal housing programs, and set up processes to track $13.6 billion in economic stimulus and $50 billion for Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery

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2014 Citizen Services Medal Recipient

Michael Byrne

Position: Former Geographic Information Officer

Agency: Federal Communications Commission

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Achievement: Put detailed data about our nation’s broadband availability and communications systems in the hands of citizens and policymakers through the use of interactive online maps and other visualizations

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2014 Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Recipients

Miami HEAT Teams led by Omar Pérez Aybar, Reginald France, Joseph Beemsterboer, Dan Bernstein, Randy Culp and Joseph Jeziorski

Agencies: Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice

Locations: Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Led hundreds of Medicare fraud investigations that have resulted in nearly 700 convictions in South Florida, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars and providing an investigative roadmap for other jurisdictions to follow

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2014 Management Excellence Medal Recipient

Alan J. Lindenmoyer

Position: Program Manager, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Location: Houston, Texas

Achievement: Transformed NASA’s space travel programs, helping the U.S. continue important space research while reducing taxpayer costs and stimulating the commercial space industry

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2014 National Security and International Affairs Medal Recipients

Benjamin J. Tran and Sean C. Young

Positions: Electronics Engineers

Agency: Air Force Research Laboratory

Location: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Achievement: Saved U.S. soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan by creating and deploying a new aerial sensor system to help Army and Special Forces units detect and destroy deadly improvised explosive devices

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2014 Science and Environment Medal Recipients

William A. Bauman and Ann M. Spungen

Positions: Director and Associate Director, National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs

Location: Bronx, New York

Achievement: Greatly improved the health care and the quality of life of paralyzed veterans by developing new ways to treat long-overlooked medical problems

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The 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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