The Partnership for Public Service recently announced that nominations for the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) are being accepted through Friday, January 17. Nominations may be submitted at servicetoamericamedals.org.
Eight medals, including the coveted 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, and commitment to public service.
Previous Service to America Medals went to federal workers whose achievements range from eradicating polio in India to landing an exploratory vehicle on Mars.
Medal categories include Call to Service, Career Achievement, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, Science and Environment, and other categories related to specific government fields. All career civilian federal employees are eligible.
The 2014 Service to America Medal recipients will be honored in Washington, D.C. next Fall. Thirty finalists will be recognized at a Capitol Hill awards ceremony during Public Service Recognition Week in the spring.
The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals is named in memory of business leader and visionary philanthropist Samuel J. Heyman who founded the Partnership for Public Service to revitalize our federal government and to inspire a new generation to serve.