2009 Federal Employee of the Year

Janet Kemp

Position: National Director, Suicide Prevention Program

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Location: Canandaigua, New York

Achievement: Established a national suicide prevention hotline for veterans, which has resulted in more than 5,000 immediate rescues.

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2009 Career Acheivement Medal Recipient

Thomas Alexander Waldmann

Position: Chief, Metabolism Branch

Agency: National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Achievement: Over the course of a 52-year career, made cutting-edge discoveries that have led to effective treatments for previously fatal forms of T-cell leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple sclerosis.

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2009 Call to Service Medal Recipient

Clare D Rowley

Position: Economic Analyst

Agency: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Helped thousands stay in their homes by working to implement IndyMac’s mortgage modification program after the bank failed, and advised the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce foreclosures.

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2009 Citizen Services Medal Recipient

Michael German

Position: National Team Leader

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Achievement: Created partnerships to reduce homelessness with more than 850 state and local leaders, which have contributed to a 30 percent reduction in long-term homelessness.

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2009 Environment Medal Recipient

T. Allan Comp

Position: Program Analyst

Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Built a network of volunteers to revitalize communities in Appalachian coal country and the Western Hardrock mining region to repair decades of environmental degradation.

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2009 Homeland Security Medal Recipients

Don Burke and Sean P. Dennehy

Position: Intellipedia Doyen (Burke) and Intellipedia and Enterprise 2.0 Evangelist (Dennehy)

Agency: Central Intelligence Agency

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Promoted information sharing across the intelligence community through the development and implementation of “Intellipedia,” a Wikipedia-like clearinghouse of intelligence expertise.

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2009 Justice and Law Enforcement Medal Recipient

Walter Benjamin Fisherow

Position: Deputy Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section

Agency: Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Coordinated the largest Clean Air Act enforcement actions ever, which will result in the reduction of harmful air pollutants by nearly 2 million tons each year.

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2009 National Security and International Affairs Medal Recipient

Amy Meyer

Position: Director, Office of Economic Growth, Pakistan Mission

Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development

Location: Pakistan

Achievement: Led USAID’s Economic Growth Office in Pakistan, helping to build the program from a two-person office to a $200 million initiative.

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2009 Science and Technology Medal Recipient

Patricia Guerry

Position: Chief, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Branch

Agency: U.S. Naval Medical Research Center

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

Achievement: Created the Campylobacter vaccine to prevent the world’s top cause of food-borne intestinal illness.

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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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