"American Idol" for the Federal Workforce

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By on January 26, 2007 in Current Events with 0 Comments

From reading the hundreds of comments submitted by readers each month, many readers who toil in the various federal facility locations throughout the world, many working for Uncle Sam do not feel their services are appreciated.

Here is your chance to win recognition for a federal employee in your organization that you think has made a difference to America. The Partnership for Public Service is seeking nominations for the 2007 Service to America Medals — the most prestigious awards to honor the nation’s public servants. Nominations will be accepted through March 1, 2007 through the organization’s website. One caveat: You cannot nominate yourself. Someone else will have to do it for you. And, as an extra added incentive, the awards are accompanied by cash prizes ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.

Nine medals will be awarded in 2007 to outstanding federal employees, including the Federal Employee of the Year Medal. Three criteria are used to select the winners:

  • impact of their work on the needs of the nation,
  • on-the-job innovation and
  • commitment to public service.

Previous medal winners include: the IRS employee responsible for the eFile system that gets millions their tax refunds in as few as 10 days; the Immigration and Customs Enforcement team who shut down an international drug smuggling ring using rented babies to smuggle cocaine in baby formula cans; the FTC team who created the national “Do Not Call” registry, and the CDC scientist leading the world’s efforts to prepare for a catastrophic flu pandemic.

Medal categories include Homeland Security, Career Achievement, Call to Serve, Citizen Services, International Affairs, Justice and Law Enforcement, National Security, and Science and Environment.

The selected winners will be honored in September at an event with government, business and entertainment leaders, including master of ceremonies, Campbell Brown, co-anchor of NBC’s Today, Weekend Edition. Thirty finalists will be announced in the spring at a Capitol Hill awards luncheon.

The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize federal government by inspiring all generations to serve and by transforming the way government works.

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