2011 Federal Employee of the Year

Paul A. Hsieh

Position: Research Hydrologist

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Menlo Park, California

Achievement: Provided critical scientific information to convince federal officials that the containment cap on a ruptured deepwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was working, thereby helping end the environmental disaster.

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2011 Career Achievement Medal Recipient

Alfonso Batres

Position: Chief Officer, Readjustment Counseling Service

Agency: Veterans Health Administration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Devoted his career to building a national network of small, community-based centers where veterans traumatized by combat obtain counseling, job assistance, medical referrals and other services.

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2011 Call to Service Medal Recipient

Ann S. Martin

Position: Senior Intelligence Research Specialist, Office of Trend and Issue Analysis

Agency: Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Location: Vienna, Virginia

Achievement: Worked with Mexican officials to study cross-border currency flows and help disrupt the laundering of billions of dollars derived from illicit U.S. drug sales.

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2011 Citizen Services Medal Recipient

Diane K. Braunstein

Position: Associate Commissioner, Office of International Programs

Agency: Social Security Administration

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Achievement: Created a fast-track system for terminally and seriously ill Americans to receive approval for Social Security disability benefits in days or weeks instead of months or years.

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2011 Homeland Security Medal Recipients

C. Norman Coleman

Position: Associate Director, Radiation Research Program

Agency: National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Achievement: Developed a blueprint for the U.S. to deal with the health consequences of a radiological or nuclear incident, and helped the Japanese respond to radiation from earthquake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plants.

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2011 Justice and Law Enforcement Medal Recipient

Charles Heurich and the NamUs Team

Position: Program Manager, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

Agency: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Created and launched an innovative, missing and unidentified persons database that allows law enforcement, families and others to share information and potentially solve cases nationwide.

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2011 Management Excellence Medal

W. Todd Grams

Position: Executive in Charge, Office of Management and Chief Financial Officer

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Led significant reforms that integrate and streamline agency operations, reducing costs and delivering better service to America's veterans.

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2011 National Security and International Affairs Medal Recipient

James Michael Duncan and Chilean Miners NASA Rescue Support Team

Position: Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Johnson Space Center

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Location: Houston, Texas

Achievement: Provided medical, nutritional, psychological, survival and engineering expertise learned from space exploration to help 33 Chilean miners who were trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days.

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2011 Science and Environment Medal Recipient

William A. Gahl

Position: Director, Undiagnosed Diseases Program

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Achievement: Brings together medical specialists to diagnose mysterious diseases for desperate and long suffering patients.

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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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