2013 Federal Employees of the Year

Tara Palmore, Julie Segre and Team

Position: Deputy Hospital Epidemiologist and Senior Investigator

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Achievement: Stopped the spread of a deadly hospital-acquired infection through the first-ever use of genome sequencing to identify the source and trace the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, creating a groundbreaking model for the health care industry.

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2013 Career Achievement Medal Recipient

Orice Williams Brown

Position: Managing Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment

Agency: Government Accountability Office

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Provided Congress with impartial analysis and oversight regarding the nation’s financial regulatory system, issuing warnings about potential risks and making recommendations to improve the implementation of new laws and economic recovery programs.

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2013 Call to Service Medal Recipient

Andrew Rabens

Position: Special Advisor for Youth Engagement

Agency: Department of State, Bureau of Near East Affairs

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Led an initiative to engage young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to share ideas and learn about American democracy

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2013 Citizen Services Medal Recipient

Daniel Madrzykowski

Positions: Fire Protection Engineer

Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Achievement: Dramatically improved firefighting practices by conducting and sharing sophisticated research that has saved firefighters’ lives and protected property across the nation.

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2013 Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Recipients

John MacKinnon and the Operation Holitna Team

Position: Group Supervisor

Agency: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Achievement: Rescued more than 167 victims of child pornography and developed new forensic investigatory techniques to track down the predators that abuse them, resulting in 54 arrests since 2010.

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2013 Management Excellence Medal

Kevin T. Geiss

Position: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy

Agency: Department of the Air Force

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Championed the safe use of alternative fuels to ensure energy independence for combat and support missions around the globe and reduced U.S. Air Force fuel and energy consumption, saving more than $1 billion in 2013 alone.

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2013 National Security and International Affairs Medal Recipient

Hamid Jafari

Position: Medical Officer

Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Achievement: Directed the global initiative that eradicated polio in India and is leading the effort to eliminate this crippling and potentially fatal disease in the final three countries where it persists.

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2013 Science and Environment Medal Recipient

David Lavery and the Mars Science Laboratory Team

Position: Program Executive for Solar System Exploration

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Led the Curiosity rover mission to Mars that is exploring the Red Planetís geology and climate, and assessing whether conditions are favorable for microbial life and future human exploration.

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2013 Honorary Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Antonio J. Mendez

Position: Chief of Disguise and Chief of the Graphics and Authentication Division (Ret.)

Agency: Central Intelligence Agency

Location: McLean, Virginia

Achievement: During his 25 years at the CIA, Mendez specialized in forging documents, creating disguises and new identities for undercover operatives. He participated in some of the most harrowing Cold War spy and human intelligence operations, helped bring cooperating foreign agents out from behind the Iron Curtain and rescued Americans trapped in Tehran as portrayed in the Hollywood thriller Argo.

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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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