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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) oversees the care of over 9 million vets. Within the agency, the Veterans Experience Office (VEO) works to make sure the experience of accessing benefits is easy and seamless. The VEO was established in 2015 after the VA medical center wait time crisis, when the department recognized it did not have…

Voice of America (VOA) is a unique news organization in that it is funded by the federal government. VOA provides news and information to an international audience while promoting freedom of the press, democratic values and human rights, explained Acting Director Yolanda López. VOA practices public-service journalism, holding the powerful accountable and providing a voice…

In 2019, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol went into effect, with the goal of reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and combating climate change. Cindy Newberg, Stratospheric Protection Division director at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helped lead negotiations for this amendment. Newberg said the EPA is successfully working with industry and environmental groups to ensure…

The director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Diana Bianchi, helped launch several large-scale studies during the Covid-19 pandemic. She discussed some of this research on Government Matters. The research showed the Covid-19 vaccine does not cause adverse effects in…

Call to Serve: Meet Mark Williams Less than 10% of the federal workforce is under the age of 35, and more needs to be done to highlight the role of—and opportunities for—younger people in federal service. In our fifth Sammies Summer Series virtual event, we will meet some of these young leaders in government who…

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has helped pay out billions of dollars to individuals dealing with the long-term impacts of the terror attacks. Mimi Geerges spoke to Rupa Bhattacharyya, former special master of the fund at the Department of Justice and finalist for a Service to America award, who helped the fund bounce back from…

In our fourth Summer Series virtual event, we will hear from two women leaders in government—both a finalist for the 2022 Service to America Medals—about their careers, their achievements and their challenges. They will share lessons learned and reflect on the unique role of female leaders in career public service.

In 2009, Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the marketing of tobacco products. Since then, the adult smoking rate has dropped from over 20% to under 13%. Many of those changes were guided by Mitchell Zeller, former director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA and finalist for…

Join us as we reveal the winner of the 2022 Sammies People’s Choice contest! After weeks of voting and tens of thousands of votes cast, the People’s Choice winner represents the story of success in career federal service that resonated most with the American public.

As Covid-19 spread throughout the country, many of the urban poor and rural agricultural workers could not access tests, vaccines and life-saving drugs. A team from the Office of Quality Improvement at the Health Resources and Services Administration, led by Suma Nair, delivered over 20 million vaccine doses to communities in need. Nair and her colleagues provided…

Page header: Charles Bolden, former Administrator of NASA, interviewed backstage at the 2013 Sammies gala
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