Created two nationwide programs to help high-risk, high-need homeless veterans receive the comprehensive medical care, housing assistance and social services they need to get off the street and reclaim their lives.
Overhauled an SBA program that now generates $6 billion in private investments annually to build businesses, create jobs and stimulate the economy at no cost to the federal government.
Played a critical role in two huge cybercrime investigations, helping bring to justice individuals involved in computer hacking, stock manipulation, credit card fraud, money laundering and other illicit activities.
Employed underutilized authorities to expose drug cartels, transnational criminal organizations and others who launder money in the U.S. through high-end real estate, fashion and electronics transactions.
Transformed and expanded the Energy Department’s state-of-the-art research laboratories to meet our nation’s long-term energy needs, leading to breakthroughs in superconductivity, nanotechnology, X-ray imaging and more.
Reduced preventable patient harm in U.S. hospitals, which resulted in an estimated 2.1 million fewer medical errors and saved nearly 87,000 lives and $20 billion.
Made immigration resources more accessible and user-friendly, including a cutting-edge online tool that can answer 90 percent of questions posed by those seeking U.S. citizenship or residency.
Secured a record $20.8 billion legal settlement against BP for the devastating 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, providing funds to help a five-state region recover from massive environmental disaster.
Helped low-income communities gain access to investment capital to fund health-care centers, charter schools, day-care centers, housing, small business development and commercial real estate projects.
Led an interagency initiative to help build the next generation of farmers and ranchers, creating a strategy for easing access to critical federal resources and improving customer service.
As the FBI’s premier bomb expert, leads U.S. and foreign law enforcement to determine how terrorist-made explosives work, and finds new ways to detect and stop them.
Turned a government-wide survey into an effective tool for managers to better understand employee views of the workplace, providing critical data for leaders to improve employee engagement, satisfaction and performance.
Developed and expanded a series of pivotal national energy efficiency initiatives that have greatly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved American consumers and businesses billions of dollars.
Prevented the collapse of a major dam that threatened the lives and property of thousands of residents and business owners downstream, and could have disrupted New York City’s water supply.
Strengthened volcano readiness and warning systems worldwide, helping countries forecast eruptions, save lives and reduce economic losses while enhancing America’s ability to respond to domestic volcanoes.
Helped craft and served as chief legal advisor on a major power plant regulation that will eliminate one-third of toxic heavy metals now dumped into the nation’s rivers, lakes and streams by regulated industries.
Tapped into citizen knowledge and expertise to solve pressing national problems by promoting the use of crowdsourcing, challenges and prizes across government.
Developed an artificial intelligence system for medics to quickly detect if severely injured patients in transit are hemorrhaging, improving survival rates by preparing trauma centers to act immediately upon the patient’s arrival.
For nearly 50 years, has been the bedrock of the nation’s hurricane hunter program, flying airplanes into hundreds of violent tropical storms to gather information for more accurate weather forecasts.
Improved the safety of construction workers, truck drivers, firefighters, police and others in high-risk professions by researching and designing a new generation of personal protective equipment and industrial apparatus.
Expertly manages the $7 billion national stockpile of emergency medicines and medical supplies, and has spearheaded 10 major and 30 other responses, from an influenza pandemic to the Ebola crisis.
Led a national investigation to arrest and prosecute numerous individuals who profited from smuggling and illegally selling rhino horns and elephant tusks.
Developed a sophisticated instrument for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft that revealed startling new information about Pluto’s terrain and composition, altering our perceptions of the solar system.
Spearheaded the EPA’s use of advanced pollution monitoring technology to increase compliance with federal environmental laws, provide more public transparency and reduce harmful pollutants in our air and waterways.
Developed a cutting-edge system that allows U.S. warfighters to strike their intended targets faster and with greater accuracy, while helping to protect American troops and innocent civilians.
Crafted a comprehensive, multibillion dollar plan to repair the immense damage to waterways, land, fish and wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Provided rapid analysis and advice to military commanders and policymakers regarding adversarial activity in Eastern Europe and the Middle East during a period of heightened geopolitical tensions.
Helped USAID make better decisions about its economic and humanitarian assistance in developing countries by championing the use of satellite data and geographic information to combat poverty, disease and natural disasters.
Halted the spread of the largest animal disease outbreak in U.S. history, an avian influenza virus that threatened human health, the poultry industry and the jobs of 1.8 million people.
Reduced recidivism among veterans caught up in the criminal justice system, and lowered their chances of becoming homeless by providing housing, job counseling, and mental health and drug treatment services.
Pioneered the epidemiologic study of human reproduction, fundamentally changing both scientific and public understanding of fertility and pregnancy.
Tracked down 70 human rights violators living illegally in the United States and coordinated their removal to face justice for crimes including murder, torture and ethnic cleansing.
Mapped thousands of gene sequences for more than thirty types of cancer, advancing precision medicine in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of these deadly diseases.
Developed the first effective drug treatment for sickle cell disease to lessen pain and suffering, and oversaw a stem cell transplant clinical trial that reversed the debilitating illness in a majority of patients.
Built an alliance of federal and international agencies, countries and corporations to bring more efficient cook stoves and cleaner burning fuels to homes in developing nations, protecting the environment and the health of millions of people worldwide.
Conducted eye-opening research on ocean acidification caused by global carbon dioxide emissions, which poses a serious risk to the health of sea life and the marine environment, and to people who rely on the oceans for food.
Delivered life-saving food assistance to millions of people within war-torn Syria and to refugees who fled to neighboring countries.
Provided the U.S. Navy with a new defense system by designing, building and testing the first-ever laser weapon to be approved for combat operations aboard a Navy ship.
Led an interagency team to destroy Syria’s lethal chemical weapons at sea, a first in the history of chemical demilitarization.
Spearheaded a new strategy to improve the quality of education in developing nations, shifting the focus from simply getting children into schools to teaching them to read.
Led a team of U.S. responders who risked their own health to coordinate personnel from five federal agencies and helped turn the tide on the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Developed innovative partnerships between Air Force bases and neighboring cities to save money on essential community services, from recreation activities to snow removal.
Increased the number of foreign visitors to the U.S., boosted economic activity and created jobs by improving visa processing capacity and reducing interview wait times at embassies worldwide.
Transformed and enhanced how the federal government annually prepares more than 200,000 service members for their transition to civilian life.
As the Labor Department’s “Mr. Fix-It,”solved numerous critical management challenges, including saving the agency’s financial management system after its service provider went bankrupt.
Coordinated emergency assistance when tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossed the Southwest border, providing them food, shelter and medical care, and helping unite the children with family members.
Instituted a state-of-the-art risk assessment system that has protected federal computer networks from cyberattacks and helped secure information critical to our national and economic security.
Created a device to find living disaster victims buried beneath the wreckage of toppled buildings by adapting radar-based space technology in partnership with NASA scientists.
Protected and recovered millions of dollars in assets for American workers and their families, skillfully investigating misconduct by fiduciaries of private retirement, health and welfare plans.
Saved countless lives by developing a fast and geographically targeted cell phone alert system for weather emergencies such as tornadoes and flash floods.
Reduced wait times for American citizens and a growing number of foreign travelers arriving at U.S. airports by expediting the clearance process while ensuring a high level of security.
Improved coal mine safety and reduced deadly accidents to the lowest number in history, and led dangerous rescue operations to save trapped miners.
Protected commercial air travelers by leading major fire safety improvements that have increased passenger survivability during blazes occurring in-flight and after crash landings.
Spurred communities and states to prepare for catastrophic earthquakes by applying her groundbreaking research and taking preventive measures to protect citizens and critical infrastructure.
Developed and implemented a multi-billion dollar grant program after Hurricane Sandy to make public transportation systems more resilient against future natural disasters.
Engaged a growing number of college students who contribute new skills, ideas and energy to assist diplomatic and international development programs around the world while working remotely from any location.
Protected citizens from dangerous power plant emissions that blow across state lines by leading the EPA’s legal defense of its interstate air pollution rule.
Advanced the emerging field of physics known as atomtronics, paving the way for a new generation of technologies much like electronics has transformed our society today.
Developed life-saving treatments for millions of cancer patients, pioneering the use of the body’s immune system and genetically engineered anti-tumor cells to fight the disease.
Improved the lives of millions of service members and their families by instituting programs that help deployed soldiers stay in touch with loved ones, and increase health and wellness on military bases.
Led influential research to decrease the use of antibiotics in commercial poultry, ensure the safety of this popular food and make the U.S. poultry industry more competitive overseas.
Transformed how the EPA tests the toxicity of industrial and household chemicals, dramatically increasing the number that are assessed for potential health risks, while reducing the cost, time and need for animal studies.
Created a wearable sensor that provides real-time information on the risk of traumatic brain injuries to soldiers exposed to bomb blasts, resulting in quicker medical treatment and uncovering previously undiagnosed injuries.
Developed a new, low-cost method of locating and tracking space debris that could severely damage or destroy spacecraft and vital communications, navigation and weather satellites.
Brought together industry and environmental groups to adopt new efficiency standards for appliances and commercial equipment that will save consumers money and reduce energy consumption and air pollution.
Led an interagency team that developed standards for cars and light trucks that will double fuel economy by 2025 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6 billion metric tons.
Greatly improved the health care and the quality of life of paralyzed veterans by developing new ways to treat long-overlooked medical problems.
Coordinated U.S. efforts to end the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army, one of Africa’s oldest and most brutal extremist groups, and help victims overcome decades of violence.
Helped America’s warfighters achieve mission success and stay out of harm’s way by developing and deploying a new mobile communications network that gives Army units continuous connectivity on the battlefield.
Guided a U.S. initiative to provide safe drinking water to 5 million people in Kenya and Uganda, saving lives and preventing illnesses for thousands of individuals.
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.
Honored our country’s veterans by delivering the pinnacle of care and service at their final resting place, while increasing availability and access to burial sites throughout the country.
In the months following Hurricane Sandy, coordinated efforts of numerous federal agencies to help rebuild stronger and safer communities.
Led the General Services Administration’s “Cloud Initiative,” improving employee effectiveness, reducing agency costs and creating a model for other federal agencies to follow.
Transformed NASA’s space travel programs, helping the U.S. continue important space research while reducing taxpayer costs and stimulating the commercial space industry.
Assessed the vulnerabilities of hundreds of marine facilities and created comprehensive security plans for domestic and international shipping ports to guard against terrorist attacks.
Helped government authorities and power companies deliver emergency services and restore electricity following widespread natural disasters by creating critical information-sharing and assessment tools.
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.
Brought to justice four prison guards who brutally beat and murdered an inmate, and exposed a culture of abuse in Alabama prisons.
Made iconic treasures from the Smithsonian’s vast collection accessible to students, teachers, historians and curious visitors everywhere through the use of computerized 3-D imaging and printing technologies.
Engaged citizens, scientists and state agencies in protecting their local streams, lakes and rivers by providing access to water quality data and assessment tools via the web.
Collaborated with the ambulance manufacturing industry and multiple federal agencies to create ambulance crash standards to help reduce injuries and fatalities among EMS workers and patients.
Directed congressional attention to the Food and Drug Administration’s increased global role in the regulation of drugs and medical devices leading to reforms to better protect public health.
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.
Provided timely and reliable information on wildfires, storm damage and global energy consumption to help scientists and policymakers better understand and respond to natural disasters and climate change.
Helped federal investigators crack intricate securities fraud cases and return hundreds of millions of dollars to investors by introducing cutting-edge technology and data analysis.
Generated nearly $1 billion in aid for 60 projects in 42 developing countries during the past two years through an innovative, public–private loan guarantee program.
Saved taxpayers more than $4 billion on the purchase of 40 new rockets and led the engineering team responsible for launching 13 Air Force satellites into orbit.
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.
Helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on the impact of pollutants on children, and by devising strategies to respond to contamination from a terrorist attack.
Pioneered the use of civil rights laws to try human trafficking cases when criminal enforcement and labor laws proved ineffective in defending foreign-born and intellectually disabled workers who were abused and exploited.
Transformed drug prevention and addiction treatment programs in 70 countries around the world, providing special care and assistance to women and children.
Directed a world-class research program in Antarctica that uncovered important scientific discoveries about climate change, the origins of the universe, previously unknown sea life and two new dinosaur species.
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.
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.
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 as portrayed in the Hollywood thriller Argo.
Demonstrated that drug addiction is a disease that changes brain function and created new strategies for treating patients with substance abuse issues.
Discovered and led efforts to halt the release of more than one million tons of the world’s most potent greenhouse gas from Energy Department facilities.
Revolutionized coronary stent technology by developing a new platinum-chromium alloy that makes the device thinner, more flexible and visible by x-ray.
Led the Curiosity rover mission to Mars that is exploring the Red Planet’s geology and climate, and assessing whether conditions are favorable for microbial life and future human exploration.
Collected and publicly shared data that revealed dangerous air pollution levels in Chinese cities, increasing public awareness of the health risks and causing the Chinese government to confront the issue.
Developed techniques to predict outbreaks of insect-borne illnesses and protect livestock and humans, including military personnel, from debilitating and life-threatening disease.
Identified a looming humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa and coordinated a complex U.S. relief effort to help millions of people who faced starvation and death due to the worst drought in six decades.
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.
Developed a shared IT network for American embassies and federal agencies operating overseas, saving money and reducing duplication.
Revitalized a faltering small business investment program, putting billions of dollars in the hands of entrepreneurs who have created thousands of jobs since 2009.
Led bold reforms that dramatically improved the speed and quality of patent examinations and approvals, helping incentivize new technologies and spur economic growth.
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 2012 alone.
Led a team of FBI agents and Alabama police that saved the life of a five-year-old boy who was kidnapped and held hostage by an armed killer for six terrifying days in an underground bunker.
Led lengthy undercover investigations that have severely disrupted two of New York’s notorious and violent organized crime families.
Following the loss of millions of farm animals throughout England in 2001, developed a new, safer vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease to protect America’s livestock industry and prevent harm to our national economy.
Developed and implemented an innovative law enforcement program that reduced the high violent crime rate on four Indian reservations by 35 percent, providing a model for other Native American communities.
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.
Quickly identified contaminated medicine as the cause of a major meningitis outbreak in 2012, and led the national public health response.
Overhauled IRS’ information technology and tax processing systems, leading to quicker refunds and notices to taxpayers, reduced fraud and better internal management.
Delivered timely information on federal programs and services and engaged citizens with our government through the use of web portals, social media, crowdsourcing tools and a powerful search engine.
Developed a number of technology innovations that have improved Social Security’s customer service and employee efficiency.
Dramatically improved firefighting practices by conducting and sharing sophisticated research that has saved firefighters’ lives and protected property across the nation.
Advanced the national goal of developing hypersonic aircraft engines, the last frontier of aeronautics, through innovative testing and scientific analysis.
Gathered, organized and analyzed data on cataract surgery results to improve medical practices and outcomes for patients.
Led an initiative to engage young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to share ideas and learn about American democracy.
As a federal legal adviser and litigator for more than four decades, improved education and helped ensure equal access to education for all students.
Throughout a four-decade career, led seminal studies in the treatment of drug-resistant cancer cells and played an instrumental role in improving the rigor of medical research.
Pioneered models to better forecast the path and intensity of hurricanes during the past three decades to help communities and first responders prepare for the severe storms, saving countless lives, homes and businesses.
Led the design and operation of NASA’s Kepler space mission which discovered Earth-like planets as far as 1,200 light years away, adding an impressive capstone on a 50-year career that began with the Apollo program.
Provided Congress with impartial analysis and oversight regarding the nation’s financial regulatory system, issuing warnings about potential risks and suggesting ways to improve the implementation of new laws and economic recovery programs.
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.
Saves lives through cutting-edge research and treatments for patients with bone marrow failure diseases, including the rare and once deadly blood disorder known as aplastic anemia.
Sets the scientific standards to ensure that the pictures produced by medical imaging devices are accurate and can be reliably used to assist in the diagnosis of serious diseases.
Developed and tested innovative ways to prevent and treat the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes in children, particularly among minority and disadvantaged children who are at greatest risk for this disease.
Developed the first humanoid robot ever sent into space, a revolutionary machine with a unique human-like hand that can take over simple, repetitive or dangerous tasks now performed by astronauts.
Enables combat amputees to lead active lives and potentially return to duty, through an internationally recognized rehabilitation program that uses a novel sports medicine approach.
Helped organize an international summit that reduced and secured vast amounts of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, and that outlined additional steps to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists.
Created innovative social media and online platforms for State Department employees around the world to collaborate, share information and connect with important outside audiences.
Leads the effort to prepare the staff at U.S. embassies and consulates to help protect and evacuate Americans caught up in uprisings, wars and natural disasters.
Through savvy acquisition and procurement, ensures our warfighters have the right equipment when they need it, at the best possible value for the American taxpayer.
Simultaneously managed the critical tasks of doubling the FDIC’s workforce to respond to the nation’s financial crisis and overseeing a culture change initiative at the agency.
Established a new unified approach to training and career development to help Department of Veterans Affairs’ employees nationwide more effectively meet the needs of the men and women who have served our country.
Designed and leads the government’s most successful teleworking program that has saved millions of dollars, increased productivity and boosted employee job satisfaction and commitment.
Successfully increased the number of veterans hired by the federal government by matching their skills with government careers.
Led a high-stakes federal undercover investigation spanning three continents that resulted in the arrest and conviction of the “Merchant of Death,” the world's most notorious arms trafficker.
Created a smartphone application that allows customs and border agents in the field to access law enforcement databases in real time, which has led to enforcement actions against more than 450 drug traffickers, weapons smugglers, illegal aliens and potential terror suspects since March 2010.
Leads the recovery of thousands of priceless American historical documents stolen from the National Archives, including papers from the Civil War and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
Recovered billions of dollars from perpetrators of fraud against the federal government through innovative use of the False Claims Act.
Saves the U.S. Treasury billions of dollars by leading the government effort to identify and bring to justice tax evaders and unscrupulous promoters of fraudulent income tax filing schemes.
Forges unique partnerships with private-sector organizations to galvanize their participation in the planning, response and relief efforts for communities struck by tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters.
Directed more than 300 AmeriCorps members deployed to Joplin, Missouri, where they coordinated the work of 60,000 unaffiliated volunteers following a devastating tornado.
Steered the development of new anthrax and plague vaccines and generated recommendations for post-exposure treatment of anthrax to protect the public in the event of a bioterrorist attack.
Led an interdepartmental program that reduced veterans homelessness by 12 percent in one year as part of an ambitious national goal of finding shelter for all veterans by 2015.
Enhanced vaccine programs to protect greater numbers of children against life-threatening diseases by adding new vaccines, modernizing distribution, and reducing racial, ethnic and economic disparities.
Established partnerships with more than 4,000 organizations that have annually enlisted nearly 90,000 volunteers to prepare millions of federal tax returns for disadvantaged filers.
Led a nationwide initiative that resulted in the creation of more than 1,600 community-based “People’s Gardens” and the donation of 1.3 million pounds of produce to the needy.
Created and implemented a health-care professional team training program that has become the gold standard for eliminating thousands of preventable patient deaths each year due to medical errors.
Came up with an original scientific theory that could lead to medical imaging in microscopic detail for better health care, while also developing innovative technology to allow greater quantities of data to speed across the Internet with less energy and at lower cost.
Leads the government-wide campaign against bullying, working to educate school districts and governments at all levels on what they can do to protect young people from this painful and sometimes fatal problem.
Ensured U.S. diplomats in the Middle East could securely dispatch and receive classified documents and equipment during the Arab Spring uprisings.
For nearly three decades, has used his engineering expertise to extract information from airplane cockpit recorders and other devices to determine the causes of major transportation accidents.
Significantly improved the way disaster victims receive health care by creating electronic systems to track those receiving treatment, quickly assign emergency medical teams and assess emerging threats and resource needs.
Spent a career breaking barriers and advancing the health-care needs of women in a male-dominated veterans health-care system.
Played a pivotal role in preventing the AIDS epidemic among children by studying ways to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
Developed innovative imaging techniques to unearth new historical information from some of the nation’s most treasured documents, including the Declaration of Independence.
Created a unique government and private-sector partnership to identify, support and help take to market innovative technologies that offer solutions to global sustainability problems.
Brings together medical specialists to diagnose mysterious diseases for desperate and long suffering patients.
Provided management and financial oversight that has helped the Pentagon save $20 billion, while ensuring our troops have the equipment and training they need.
Designed a modern export control system that will more effectively protect our national security while helping American businesses compete in the global marketplace.
Protects civilian Pentagon whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing within intelligence and defense-related activities, ensuring sources are not harassed, punished or fired.
Played a key role in the negotiation and ratification of the New START nuclear arms control treaty, drafting portions of the accord, providing legal advice, and offering solutions during the U.S. Senate ratification debate.
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.
Saved U.S. taxpayers more than $750 million over three years by bringing together the buying power of 22 agencies and offices within the Department of Homeland Security.
Created data systems that shortened the time it takes to award homeless grants, reduced administrative costs by 90 percent and provided information to better evaluate homeless programs.
In only 18 months and $565 million under budget, obligated $5.5 billion in economic stimulus funding to construct new federal buildings and make existing ones more energy efficient and sustainment.
Led significant reforms that integrate and streamline agency operations, reducing costs and delivering better service to America's veterans.
Developed public-private partnerships that counsel local law enforcement leaders on a host of issues—from promoting citizen safety to managing budget cuts.
Leads an expert team that traces recovered firearms to help law enforcement authorities solve violent crimes.
Led the investigation of a complex Ponzi scheme that resulted in a 50-year prison sentence for a South Florida lawyer who swindled investors out of $1.2 billion.
Transformed national plans to ensure our government will continue to function in the event of a major disaster, shifting from a Cold War-era mindset to a modern, all-hazards approach.
Helped crisis managers respond to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill by providing critical information on the flow of oil, weather conditions, location of response vessels and the impact on fisheries and wildlife.
Runs a nationwide program that trains truck and bus drivers and other transportation professionals to observe, assess and report suspicious activities that may pose a serious danger to the public.
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.
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.
Developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure every American has access to high speed Internet service, laying a foundation for economic growth and global competitiveness.
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.
Awarded and tracked $2.9 billion in Interior Department economic stimulus funds, providing thousands of jobs while preserving our country’s treasured public lands.
To ensure that a historic independence vote was fair and peaceful, helped develop and conduct a critical population and housing census, and mediated local tribal conflicts in remote and dangerous parts of Southern Sudan.
Led the creation and evaluation of state plans to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, and one of the planet’s first identified “marine dead zones.”
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.
A pioneer in the field of traumatic stress disorders, who studied, treated and advocated for people psychologically affected by war or other tragedies.
Spent three decades improving public health and treating veterans, pioneering ways to fight AIDS, hepatitis C and emerging health threats, and now leading the effort to reduce tobacco-related disease and death.
Provides assistance and comfort to traumatized survivors and family members of those killed in aircraft accidents and other transportation disasters.
Helped transform mental health care in the U.S., moving people out of institutions and into community-based care, and giving mental health consumers and their families a voice in treatment options.
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.
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.
Leading government and industry to deliver a quieter, cleaner and more energy-efficient aviation system.
Used quantum physics and telecommunications technologies to develop a new way to send and receive 100 percent secure encrypted messages at record speeds.
Led the design and construction of the world’s largest net-zero energy office building, demonstrating that buildings can be created to decrease energy consumption at no additional cost.
Led breakthroughs that could revolutionize the care and prevention of cataracts, the leading cause of vision loss worldwide.
Leading a unique, interagency effort to identify and disrupt the flow of funding from the Afghan opium trade and other illicit sources to the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terrorist and insurgent groups in Afghanistan.
Devoted his 20-year career to fighting the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, advising policymakers on the creation of lifesaving programs and working in developing nations to ensure those services reach millions.
Orchestrated the sale of Treasury bills that raised $1.7 trillion in the midst of a severe global economic crisis, helping stabilize the U.S. financial system and fund the country’s massive budget deficit and national debt.
Has led negotiations for dozens of international agreements on critical issues, including extradition, counterterrorism and the environment, and is influencing human rights policies worldwide.
Developed a state-of-the-art medical evacuation kit to provide life-saving treatment and emergency transportation to soldiers severely wounded by roadside bombs.
Led the largest strike against the La Familia Mexican drug cartel, resulting in more than 1,000 arrests, plus the seizure of one and a half tons of methamphetamine and $32 million in cash.
Led a wide ranging investigation that prompted congressional and federal action to protect vulnerable children in residential programs and schools from neglect and physical abuse by their teachers and caregivers.
Cracked the secretive Swiss banking system, prosecuted perpetrators of fraud, and prompted thousands of wealthy Americans to report billions of dollars of hidden assets to the IRS.
Led the investigation against Pfizer for illegally marketing prescription drugs and paying kickbacks to doctors, resulting in $2.3 billion in fines and penalties, the largest health care fraud settlement in history.
Providing vital resources in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children, which has resulted in the conviction of more than 500 pimps and predators, and the rescue of more than 1,000 child victims.
Created an innovative system that monitors fish behavior to detect toxicants in drinking water supplies and protect the health of millions of Americans.
Confronting an armed gunman and mass chaos, the two civilian Defense Department police officers brought an end to the tragic rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded 43 others.
Created a method to detect whether communications systems are still operable immediately following a disaster, enabling emergency responders to rapidly deploy back-up communications.
Enabled military, law enforcement agencies and partner nations to collect and share vital threat information to more quickly locate, target and interdict adversaries at sea, on land and in the air.
Improved the delivery of Social Security benefits to citizens living in impoverished and remote locations through an innovative two-way video service.
Implemented a $700 billion rescue plan to secure the nation’s banking system and help the American people by halting the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.
Served as Investigator in Charge of the “Miracle on the Hudson” and other high-profile airplane crash investigations, advancing aviation safety for millions of travelers worldwide.
Through aggressive enforcement actions, incentives and multi-faceted education campaigns, is stopping the distribution of hundreds of unapproved prescription drugs.
Fostering a new breed of environmentally-friendly construction and packaging materials that promote reuse, cut down on waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Instrumental in shaping the Defense Department’s response to the Russia-Georgia War in 2008, while facilitating efforts to prevent further instability and promote U.S. interests in the region.
Invented the world’s most precise timekeeping device, an entirely new type of atomic clock based on quantum computing research.
Ensured that a planned massive fish kill, intended to stop the invasive Asian carp from migrating into and damaging the Great Lakes’ ecosystem, would not have harmful effects on the environment.
Led internationally acclaimed atmospheric research that set us on a path to restoring the ozone layer and demonstrated the long-term harm to the environment caused by global warming.
Developed and deployed 95 satellites, pioneering significant advances from lunar exploration to GPS to global weather forecasting.
Helping improve America’s global competitiveness by encouraging more than 300,000 students to consider careers in math and science.
Responsible for creating state-of-the-art systems to better predict and provide earlier forecasts and warnings of tornadoes, saving thousands of American lives every year.
Led major organizational and personnel reforms in critical areas of the federal government that contributed to greater interagency cooperation, and better service and accountability to the American people.
Expedited the immigration process to quickly unite more than 1,100 Haitian orphans with their adoptive families in the United States following the devastating earthquake in January 2010.
Opened the door to personalized medicine by developing new and affordable ways to sequence DNA as part of the Human Genome Project.
Led the development of the first avian influenza H5N1 vaccine—cited as the #3 medical breakthrough of 2007 by TIME magazine.
Pioneered satellite-based monitoring of vegetation to track human-induced climate change, provide early warning of famine, and prevent deforestation and the spread of tropical disease.
Determined a link between climate change and probable elimination of the polar bear in the next 45 to 75 years, and established a scientific process that will investigate other physical and societal changes.
Created the Campylobacter vaccine to prevent the world’s top cause of food-borne intestinal illness.
Built a network of volunteers to revitalize communities in Appalachian coal country and the Western Hardrock mining region to repair decades of environmental degradation.
Improved maritime safety by leading the creation of a comprehensive system to track merchant naval vessels, including the cargo and people aboard those ships.
Provided supercomputer support that DOD scientists and engineers have used to develop improved body and vehicle armor, among many other technologies that enhanced military performance and saved billions of dollars.
Led USAID’s first-ever “crowdsourcing” initiative to pool ideas from the public to develop solutions to international challenges such as famine and public education.
Led USAID’s Economic Growth Office in Pakistan, helping to build the program from a two-person office to a $200 million initiative.
Spearheaded the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s efforts to stamp out the use of offshore accounts to commit tax fraud.
Successfully prosecuted several international terrorism cases and created models for future cases involving international collaboration and sensitive intelligence information.
Conducted Operation FALCON 2008, the largest law enforcement operation in American history, resulting in the arrests of 19,380 felons wanted for various, mostly violent, crimes.
Increased passenger safety and reduced vulnerabilities by generating a series of reports and congressional testimony on transportation security issues that have resulted in legislative action to strengthen security.
Improved the safety of U.S. water supplies by designing a sophisticated software suite that identifies risks and solutions to possible terrorist attacks.
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.
Promoted information sharing across the intelligence community through the development and implementation of “Intellipedia,” a Wikipedia-like clearinghouse of intelligence expertise.
Led the civil service’s efforts to ensure a smooth and peaceful presidential transition from the Bush to the Obama administration.
Led the improvement of the Social Security Administration’s benefits and information websites, which rank higher in customer satisfaction ratings than Amazon, Google and Yahoo.
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.
Created a unique industry-government alliance that is accelerating adoption of greener technologies.
Reduced costs for our government by $200 million through his successful leadership of the disposition of the retired F-117 fleet.
Pioneered a new area of research that is helping scientists understand crucial, but currently intractable, mysteries of physics like the explanation of high-temperature superconductivity.
Helped urban areas improve the way they process food waste, promoting new efficiencies and ways to use refuse as a source of renewable energy.
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.
Served nearly two decades as lead scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, which is widely recognized as the most successful scientific mission in NASA history.
Invented and developed various sensor systems that are diagnosing infectious diseases in developing countries, monitoring the air for biothreat agents and supporting clean-up efforts at Superfund sites.
Explored ways to help nurses and medical practitioners avoid back injuries, which resulted in a $200 million program across the VA to use mechanical lifts and transfer devices when moving patients.
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.
Established a national suicide prevention hotline for veterans, which has resulted in more than 5,000 immediate rescues.
Built a coalition of government officials, local landowners and conservation groups to develop and execute a plan to restore Montana’s Blackfoot River watershed, the setting of the 1992 film A River Runs Through It.
Invented Science on a Sphere®, a teaching tool that displays environmental data on a globe-like screen and makes Earth-system science more exciting and accessible.
Leading many of our federal government’s most significant efforts to expand the development and use of renewable energy.
Planned and led the U.S. and international community to resettle more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees from the refugee camps they have been living in for nearly two decades.
Led the development of new satellite technology being used internationally to improve disaster relief and environmental stewardship.
Developed systems that allow medical units to digitally capture and access service members’ medical records on the battlefield.
Leads the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, a major public/private effort to enhance the economic, social and political status of Afghan women.
Developed the capability to connect law enforcement databases, with broad information sharing uses that include improving Amber Alerts and supporting the National Sex Offender Public Registry.
Identified more than $2 billion in aberrant Medicare claims and created a model for reducing fraud in the program.
Successfully prosecuted United States v. Saldana, convicting four murderers and marked the first time the federal hate crime statutes have been used to combat racial violence committed by members of a street gang.
Leading efforts to stop bid-rigging, fraud and corruption involving U.S. officials and defense contractors in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Made the scientific breakthrough to identify the cause of the largest pet food recall in history and is currently conducting critical research to guarantee the safety of imported foods.
Established an unprecedented alliance between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials to reduce the number of illegal border crossings.
Helped establish and currently leads the National Operations Center, which has improved interagency and intergovernmental coordination regarding homeland security matters.
Created a new smart card credentialing system that is improving the security of federal properties and computer networks, in addition to saving taxpayer dollars.
Created a tsunami detection system that has dramatically increased warning times and decreased the risk of catastrophic loss of life.
Preventing identity theft by educating more than 120 million American households about the crime.
Led the development of the groundbreaking PubMed Central database which enhances biomedical research in a way that is accelerating scientific discovery and increasing public knowledge.
Developed and led an initiative that reduced a type of life-threatening, hospital-acquired infections by 60 percent and has been replicated at all 153 VA hospitals and other hospitals across America and parts of the world.
Developed breakthrough technology that enhances our ability to read microchips, which will lead to further miniaturization in data storage.
Discovered hazards associated with reactive armor that have prompted safety improvements for U.S. soldiers.
Led the development of new technology to improve the accuracy of improvised explosive device (IED) detection by 75 percent.
Introducing cutting edge 3-D technology to improve medical care and rehabilitation, and helping restore quality of life for soldiers that have suffered traumatic battle injuries.
Led the expansion of the National Register of Historic Places to include well over a million properties, recognizing and helping to preserve sites of cultural significance.
Served three decades as “the nation’s timekeeper,” creating a system for synchronizing time for our financial markets and computer networks, which is accessed more than 2.5 billion times a day.
Led the development of federal dietary guidelines and the establishment of the popular MyPyramid.gov website.
Providing authoritative advice and analysis to Congress and the general public to improve the quality of health care in America.
Played a key role in implementing the landmark Montreal Protocol which has put us on a path to restoring the ozone layer by phasing out 95 percent of the world’s ozone-depleting substances and is leading current federal efforts to combat climate change.
Designed and launched the President’s Malaria Initiative, which has provided potentially life-saving services to more than 25 million vulnerable people.
Developed environmentally friendly biological controls for saltcedar, an invasive tree that inflicted billions of dollars of damage to agricultural and natural areas.
Completed the first successful cleanup of a former nuclear weapons facility 60 years ahead of schedule and $30 billion under budget.
Developed new weapons technologies including the world’s longest-range, non-lethal weapons which heat the target’s skin without causing permanent harm.
Developed a program that enables citizens to develop fluency in foreign languages deemed most critical to national security.
Founded a highly innovative new think tank to leverage international expertise to enhance intelligence analysis.
Led a team of archeological specialists who investigated Iraq’s mass graves and built the forensic case that helped prosecute Saddam Hussein and Chemical Ali for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Led a six-fold increase in the United States’ AIDS relief efforts in Nigeria.
Created a program to combat indoor air pollution that has reduced health risks for more than 300,000 people.
Designed the thermobaric bomb credited with helping win the war in Afghanistan and develops anti-terrorism technologies for the Pentagon.
Averted an impending health crisis during the 2006 Lebanon-Israeli armed conflict by helping to get fuel reserves into the country, which kept major power plants open.
Led an investigation that uncovered and dismantled an international mass-market fraud scheme that targeted elderly U.S. citizens.
Led the forensics investigation that resulted in the capture and conviction of Eric Rudolph, the terrorist responsible for a series of bombings that included an attack on the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Developed a new market-based strategy and information system that enables U.S. government agencies to more effectively target and disrupt illegal drug trafficking networks.
Significantly expanded and improved the world’s largest program to train dogs to assist law enforcement.
Served as Director of the National Hurricane Center where his accurate predictions and preparedness work helped mitigate the damage of numerous natural disasters.
Developed new countermeasures against biological weapons, including vaccines against botulinum toxin and ricin.
Created program that has helped solve thousands of cold cases and dramatically expanded the capacity of local law enforcement to utilize DNA evidence.
Led initiative to put radiological and nuclear detectors at seaports, airports and border crossings across the globe, providing vital defenses against nuclear terrorism.
Created the IT infrastructure that supports the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Created the first successful Internet-based electronic filing system for U.S. patent applications.
Revamped outreach efforts for the Earned Income Tax Credit, helping hundreds of thousands of Americans receive vital benefits, and oversaw the Telephone Excise Tax Refund–the largest one-time tax refund in history.
Leads the world’s largest assistive technology program, filling more than 60,000 accommodation requests for people with disabilities, including 2,400 accommodations for wounded service members.
Serves as the leading spokesperson for democratic values in Ukraine, helping to move the nation in a more pro-western direction.
Rose to become one of the United States’ senior intelligence officials on the Korean peninsula by the age of 28.
Conducted groundbreaking research to use quantum mechanics to improve measurement science.
Led effort in Russia to successfully secure and dispose of enough radiological material to build 2,300 dirty bombs.
Created income verification program that eliminated more than $2 billion in fraudulent payments by HUD’s rental assistance programs.
Provided expert advice to Congressional lawmakers and staff for almost 40 years and helped emerging democracies around the world strengthen their legislative assemblies.
Confirmed the Big Bang Theory to earn the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Discovered three hormones made by the heart that benefit the treatment of congestive heart failure, kidney failure and cancer.
Made discoveries that led to the development of a vaccine for the virus that causes a majority of cervical cancers worldwide.
Has clinically proven the benefits of nutritional supplements to prevent and even cure age-related vision loss.
Pioneered new conservation strategies built on cooperation between government, citizens, environmental groups and the private sector.
Pioneering research to test and improve NASA spacecraft, earthquake-proof buildings, bridges, submarines, medicines and more.
Led U.S. efforts to rebuild the Baghad airport and Iraq's aviation infrastructure.
Led U.S. foreign aid efforts in Afghanistan to help build a free society.
Served as principal U.S. liaison to Mexico on multiple initiatives dealing with national and border security.
Designed and implemented program that is providing financial assistance to traumatically injured servicemembers and their families.
Developed the Common Access Card—a smart card that provides more than 3 million DoD employees secure credentials.
Architect of the military's personnel recovery efforts that have successfully rescued more than 1,000 people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Led the U.S. recovery and reconstruction efforts after the Asia Tsunami and South Asia Earthquake.
Provided forensic support that has contributed to the successful investigation and prosecution of corrupt contracting practices in Iraq.
Led an investigation that resulted in the arrest of an international arms dealer and the dismantling of an illicit Iranian arms procurement network.
Led investigation that resulted in the dismantling of the largest human trafficking ring ever uncovered in the United States.
Established Compliance Enforcement Unit to disrupt, target and investigate illegitimate travelers and better enforce U.S. immigration laws.
Led key diplomatic efforts to organize international preparations for an avian flu pandemic.
Successfully prosecuted a case involving illegal transportation of hazardous waste in the United States and the export of 300 tons of hazardous waste and other chemicals from Pennsylvania to the Netherlands.
Led the quick and full recovery of mail service to the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Set up customer call centers that helped 948,000 Hurricane Katrina victims receive federal relief.
Rescued 90 seniors who had been abandoned in an assisted living facility after Hurricane Katrina.
Led effort to get Social Security benefits to Hurricane Katrina victims and restore SSA operations in Louisiana.
Used technology to help locate and rescue thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims and personally conducted rescue missions that saved 600 people.
Played critical role in developing and implementing the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the largest public health initiative ever.
Developed new technology to treat contaminated wetlands without disturbing the surrounding ecosystem.
Played critical role in laying the groundwork for the historic agreement between the United State and India on nuclear energy.
Served as chief of the legal office at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and provided critical support for Iraq's democratically elected government.
Led a new field of cancer prevention research.
Helped set the system requirements for and design most of the Air Force systems flying today including the F-15, F-16 and B-2 stealth bomber.
Invented the catapult system that is currently used on all U.S. aircraft carriers.
Launched an entirely new subfield of atomic, molecular and optical physics and became the first federal employee to win the Nobel Prize for Physics for work done as part of his official duties.
Led domestic and international efforts to prepare for a flu pandemic.
Oversaw development of new tools that have made air travel safer, reduced airport delays and saved tens of millions of dollars.
Pioneered several weather predicting initiatives to help forecast flash floods, the deadliest form of severe weather hazards.
Created database that could lead to new cancer treatments and revolutionize the way cancer research is conducted.
Led the creation, development and deployment of the Coalition Chat Line to enable United States and allied forces in Iraq to communicate rapidly and effectively in their native language.
Led the reconstruction of the 400,000 square feet of the Pentagon that was damaged on 9/11, getting the job done ahead of schedule and under budget.
Led the expansion of the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and established a model for the care of our veterans.
Established a distribution facility in Dubai that allows for faster delivery of aid overseas. Negotiated the collection of $142 million in reimbursements, helping to feed 1.4 million people for a full year.
Oversaw the largest internet child pornography case ever investigated, putting more than 1,200 purchasers of explicit material behind bars.
Implemented use of Radio Frequency Identification by the military, transforming military logistics for the 21st century.
Organized 15 local elections in southern Iraq and developed a voting system that the U.N. used as the basis for the January 2005 national elections.
Led the overhaul of the nation’s border management systems.
Initiated groundbreaking public-private partnership in the area of public safety and homeland security.
Spearheaded investigation that led to the arrest of Colombian cartel kingpin—the biggest arrest ever in the war on drugs.
Helped lead prosecution that brought down one of America’s leading crime families and launched the Child Exploitation Prosecutions Initiative that has resulted in dozens of convictions.
Led national efforts to improve cargo security and prevent illicit weapons, drugs and contraband from entering the United States.
Secured EEOC’s second largest sexual discrimination settlement ever in landmark case against Morgan Stanley.
Developed two of the country’s most effective emergency preparedness organizations in the public health field.
Developed and conducted an initiative that has generated rapid increases in organ donation in the U.S., already saving or enhancing 1,400 additional lives in 2004.
Brought the post office to the people by developing the USPS’s web services.
Coordinated government-wide effort to distribute more than 118,000 computers and related equipment to needy schools.
Led the development of the popular e-File system that has allowed millions of Americans to get their tax refunds in as few as 10 days, while also cutting processing costs for government by as much as 90 percent.
Developed a laser technology system that allows the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to better communicate with one another in wartime, saving the government $100 million and enhancing our national defense.
Expanded homeownership in the impoverished Colonias regions along the U.S.-Mexico border, helping 800 families buy homes.
Developed a national education and outreach campaign to educate young people about their workplace rights and responsibilities.
Developed the Office of Anti-Terrorism, which was created soon after 9/11 to help better secure the nation’s ports and borders from terrorists and terrorist weapons.
More than three decades of public service advancing the field of cultural resource management in the U.S. including the survey and excavation of Chaco Canyon, which helped unlock the mysteries of this historic landmark.
Helped establish U.S. Embassy in Iraq and serves as the chief operating officer of the Mission. Spent more than three decades as a diplomat going “where the need is the greatest and the risks are the highest.”
Led the expansion of Treasury’s international technical assistance program which has strengthened the financial systems in 70 nations around the world.
Worked her way up to the highest levels at USAID where she has played a critical role in the Agency’s work in Egypt, the former Soviet Union, Bosnia, and other countries.
Led the development of the Mars Exploration Rover project.
Led the efforts to continue the safe operation of the International Space Station in the absence of the Space Shuttle, allowing continued research and preservation of its unique capabilities for the future.
Developed national award-winning natural resource conservation program that integrates military training, environmental protection, public involvement and sustained community support.
Developed techniques to reduce the nation’s vulnerability to chemical or biological attack and devised a plan to safeguard the Pentagon from chemical or biological attack.
Created a new form of matter which could potentially unlock the key to superconductivity, a phenomenon with the potential to improve energy efficiency dramatically across a broad range of applications.
Worked to develop the agriculture infrastructure of Iraq and help transfer more than $90 million in funding to the Regional Government and Ministries of Agriculture.
Helped to establish a transitional government in Liberia and secure $520 million in international aid and $200 million in U.S. aid, and helped deliver more than $500 million of food aid to Ethiopia.
Led U.S. efforts to help Iraqis rebuild their electrical infrastructure and acted as the Administrative head of multiple Iraqi ministries; also led Army Corps of Engineers’ recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
Developed and implemented a national multi-media fraud prevention campaign to educate senior citizens about telemarketing and mail fraud schemes.
Pioneered efforts to hold financial industry executives accountable and deter fraudulent activity.
Developed a training program to identify and reduce the number of minority students mistakenly classified as special education students, giving them a second chance at academic achievement.
Developed the software being used by public health officials to prepare for a bio-terrorist attack and conducted cutting edge research in the field of immunizations.
Drew upon his instincts and skillfully prevented the alleged “20th hijacker” from entering the United States before September 11, 2001.
Shut down a massive conspiracy in which rented babies and women couriers were used to smuggle cocaine in baby formula cans.
Oversaw the federal government’s recovery efforts in New York after 9/11 and supervised other FEMA rebuilding work in the wake of multiple natural disasters.
Pioneered new performance-focused management principles that have revolutionized the way that we deliver aid to social service providers and low-income families.
Coordinated the federal legal response to contain outbreak of monkeypox, and also helped manage the federal legal response to SARS and West Nile Virus occurrences.
Gave up a successful job at one of the most prestigious liver transplant hospitals in the world to ensure that veterans in need of organ donors would receive swift and affordable care.
Developed and implemented the federal Do Not Call Registry, which has reduced the number of telemarketing calls for more than 60 million Americans.
Developed expertise on Afghanistan’s ethnic groups, geography and economy which has made her a leading expert in formulating U.S. policy to deal with opium poppy cultivation and narcotics trafficking in that country.
Established the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Wildlife program in the Caribbean, which has helped to restore more than 2,000 acres of tropical habitat; also created the first “shade coffee” program in the U.S., which is expanding to Hawaii.
Developed new techniques to improve DNA identification and crafted texts and established guidelines used internationally to ensure accurate DNA testing. Helped identify the remains of additional victims of the World Trade Center attacks.
Led U.S. delegation to the Arctic Circle for negotiations with Russian officials to better secure Russia’s nuclear materials and weapons. This agreement led to the creation of a service and training center for nuclear material and weapons security in Murmansk, Russia.
Thirty-year career developing smarter and safer simulation-based combat training systems to save the lives of American pilots.
Planned and managed the search and recovery operations for the Space Shuttle Columbia accident; managed the Space Shuttle processing and launch operations at John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and is now directing one of NASA’s largest field centers.
Provided the scientific basis for national efforts to provide care and compensation for veterans afflicted by war-related illnesses.
Educating millions of underserved women about how to detect and prevent life-threatening diseases.
Guided U.S. Embassy in Kenya through the 1998 bombing and was a leading voice in the U.S. government urging a response to the ethnic genocide in Rwanda.
Led investigation that resulted in the conviction of more than a dozen leaders of the “November 17” Group—Europe’s most notorious and elusive terrorist group.
Developed a process to eliminate the deadly threat of anthrax carried in U.S. mail in response to the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Worked to make environmental public health a national priority.
Developed the plan to restore the Florida Everglades—the world’s largest environmental restoration project.
Led a team of special agents responsible for protecting the safety of Afghanistan’s new president under hazardous conditions.
Led a public-private partnership effort that is transforming assistance to the developing world.
Led the swift, safe and secure permanent closure of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and advises Ukrainian authorities to ensure that terrorists and rogue states cannot access nuclear materials.
Nurtured the growth of Youth Courts, one of the most innovative, fastest-growing crime prevention programs in the nation.
Developed initiatives to fight child abuse and sexual assault cases in Native American communities during his three years of federal service.
Developed detecting systems to reduce the threat of terrorist attack or the use of weapons of mass destruction.
Helped prepare America prepared for a nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack.
Led an FBI Recovery Team in carefully sifting through tons of World Trade Center debris to recover criminal evidence and the remains and belongings of the victims of September 11.
Led the developement of innovative products to detect concealed weapons before they can be brought onto commercial aircraft and others that may allow planes to survive a terrorist attack.
Took the lead in bringing a potential Al Qaeda “sleeper cell” to justice before they could unleash an act of terror on American soil.
Created a computer database to track and enforce child support payments.
Developed a school of entrepreneurship for one of Texas’ most impoverished communities.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration, led by Ray McKinney, saved the nine Quecreek miners trapped in a cold, dank mine 240 feet below ground.
Revolutionized American manufacturing with comprehensive technical, business and consulting services.
Bridged the digital divide for Native American communities and the military during her 45-year federal career.
Led efforts towards the worldwide eradication of polio, managing $300 million in grants and the purchase of 600 million doses of polio vaccine.
Helped disadvantaged Americans learn how to benefit from personal banking services and better manage their money.
Designed the tests that revealed the likely cause of the Columbia disaster.
In just three years of federal service, he created and voluntarily manages a collaborative outreach program that educates the disadvantaged about preventive health care.
A leading policy expert on terrorist financing and support networks, he is a major contributor to the Defense Department’s efforts to stop the flow of money to terrorists.
Played a key role in negotiations between the U.S., Chinese and South Korean governments that eventually allowed three North Korean asylum seekers to find freedom in South Korea.
Made aviation safer during a 37-year career as an engineer in the federal government.
Negotiated Cold War spy-swaps, implemented Middle East peace agreements, and developed extradition and asset forfeiture agreements during a 30-year State Department career.
Contributed enormously in his 24 years of experience as a federal public servan, including the development of an innovative patient safety program that is now in place in all 173 VA hospitals.
Helped grow TSA into an organization responsible for aviation security with more than 60,000 people, the largest mobilization of a new agency since World War II.
Helped diffuse a diplomatic crisis with a US ally and kept the US Navy the world’s leader in safe diving practices.
Saved taxpayers $1.5 billion in unnecessary construction projects after refusing orders to improperly falsify data.
Developed internationally-recognized procedures to protect postal workers and customers in the aftermath of the October 2001 anthrax attacks.
Ensured the safety of Americans by managing the security of the nation’s weapons laboratories.
Potected Americans from the post-September 11 threat of radiological terrorism.
Provided American military personnel with real-time information they need to ensure operational success and protect our national security.
Collaborated with the New York Fire Department and federal agencies reacting to the World Trade Center catastrophe.
Organized and led a team of military personnel that developed a system to secure US airspace in the aftermath of the attacks. American skies are safer because of his work.
Put his life on the line to save others after the 9/11 Pentagon attack.
Helped evacuate 6 World Trade Center despite great personal risk and would not leave the building until he was satisfied that no one was left behind.
Created an investigative tool that is being used to find potential terrorists and ensure the security of airports nationwide.
Organized multi-agency personnel into a cohesive unit which led to a reduction in narcotics trafficking and crime in South Florida.
Directed the safe and orderly seaborne evacuation of 70,000 confused and frightened people from Lower Manhattan amidst the chaos of the September 11 attacks.
Provided the American public with a high level of dedication and compassion in the mental health field, specifically in working to reduce school violence.
Led the development of an improved measure of poverty which more accurately reflects the needs of the poor; this will help leaders effectively target resources toward improving economic well-being.
Enhanced airport security and helped in the effort against illegal drugs.
Impacted the nation’s defense policies while acting with a great sense of commitment and professionalism.
Her deftness as an attorney has resulted in numerous convictions and the forfeiture of tens of millions of dollars later reimbursed to victims of criminal schemes.
Played a leading role in developing policies to improve relations with a key U.S. ally and helped advance the formulation of America’s post-Cold War national security policy.
Led with concern for his colleagues and fearlessness in the face of great danger throughout his career.
Bravely served his nation in war and as a civilian and inspired young people to explore careers in science and engineering.
Put himself at risk for over 20 years so that American soldiers could better understand and disarm unexploded foreign military weapons.
Served the Veteran’s Administration for 40 years with exceptional knowledge, training and compassion, along with an unsurpassed dedication to serving others.
Helped enhance scientific career opportunities for women and minorities through a lifetime of service.
Brought to justice two of the men responsible for the infamous 1963 bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, nearly 40 years after they had committed the crime.