The Partnership for Public Service has announced that nominations are open for the tenth annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals – the most prestigious awards honoring our nation’s public servants. Nominations are accepted at servicetoamericamedals.org through January 31, 2011.
Nine 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.
“The men and women who do our nation’s work are too often overlooked and underappreciated,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “The Service to America Medals send a powerful message about the importance of our federal workers and the vast impact they have on all our lives.”
Medal categories include Call to Service, Career Achievement, Homeland Security, Justice and Law Enforcement, and other categories related to specific government fields. 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.
Previous medal winners range from the IRS employee responsible for the eFile system that gets millions their tax refunds in as few as 10 days, to the two NIH scientists whose discoveries led to new cervical cancer vaccines.
The Service to America Medal awardees will be honored in October at a Washington, D.C., gala with government, business and entertainment leaders. Thirty finalists will be honored in the spring during Public Service Recognition Week at a Capitol Hill awards ceremony.
National sponsors for the 2011 Service to America Medals are Booz Allen Hamilton and United Technologies Corporation.
The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. Visit their website www.servicetoamericamedals.org for more information.