The Partnership for Public Service has announced that nominations are open for the 2010 Service to America Medals. Nominations for the Sammies are being accepted at servicetoamericamedals.org through January 29, 2010.
Eight medals, including the Federal Employee of the Year Medal, will be awarded to outstanding federal employees. Winners will be selected based on three main criteria:
- impact of their work on meeting the needs of the nation
- on-the-job innovation
- commitment to public service.
Medal categories include Homeland Security, Career Achievement, Call to Service, Citizen Services, National Security and International Affairs, Justice and Law Enforcement, and Environment, Science and Technology. All career civilian federal employees are eligible, and anyone may submit a nomination. The awards are accompanied by cash prizes, from $3,000 to $10,000.
Service to America Medal awardees will be honored in September at a Washington, D.C., gala with government, business and entertainment leaders. Approximately thirty finalists will be honored at a Capitol Hill awards luncheon during Public Service Recognition Week, set to be celebrated nationally the first week of May, 2010.
The Service to America Medals program honors the best in our federal government and works to inspire a new generation to consider public service careers by sharing the inspiring stories of unsung heroes with the general public. Surveys show that many Americans do not know what the federal government does for them each and every day – or that there are federal jobs available in practically every interest and skill area, in all 50 states and around the world.
National sponsors to date for the 2010 Service to America Medals are DuPont, CH2M Hill and Booz Allen Hamilton.