The Service to America Medals® honor outstanding public servants who improve our lives for the better.

Just announced: Our 2023 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals® award winners represent America’s best in government. Learn more.

Congratulations to Megan Meacham, Allison Hutchings, Sarah O’Donnell and the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Team on winning the 2023 People’s Choice Award! Learn more.

Congratulations to our 2023 Service to America Medals finalists. Read their stories.

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The story of all that the federal government does every day to keep us safe, healthy and prosperous often goes untold or unheard. But in fact, our government is powered by dedicated public servants working in cities and towns across the country to support and improve our daily lives.

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals® honor these exceptional public servants who keep our nation running and moving forward. Although the work of these American heroes might be less visible than athletes, actors and musicians, their efforts have a tremendous impact on our lives.

This premier awards program for career federal employees, known as the Sammies and considered the “Oscars” of public service, shines the spotlight on remarkable accomplishments that benefit the nation, seeks to build trust in our government and inspires more people to consider careers in public service.

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Highlights from the 2023 Service to America Medals gala

On October 16, 2023 the Partnership for Public Service held the 22nd annual Samual J. Heyman Service to America Medals gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC


Highlights from the 2022 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals Event

Relive the in-person celebration honoring our nation’s outstanding public servants. During the event, we shared the stories of this year’s Sammies honorees and the incredible work they do.

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The 2023 Award Winners

The Sammies honorees represent the many exceptional career public servants who are breaking down barriers, overcoming huge challenges and getting results.

Our eight award categories represent the different sectors of government work.

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These awards are not just the Oscars of public service, they’re a reminder that public service is a noble, impactful profession.

President Joe Biden

Dina Powell presenting to 2019 National Security and International Affairs Medal recipient Ryan Shelby

They’re not superheroes, but they come awfully close.

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama with 2013 Sammies finalists (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The significance of their work is even more critical as the country faces many challenges … it is important to remember that public service is a noble calling.

President George W. Bush

2017 Promising Innovations Medal recipient Flora Jordan with Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey
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Congratulations to all of the 2023 Service to America Medals finalists.

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