Dr. Anthony Fauci has been named the 2020 Federal Employee of the Year according to an announcement from the Partnership for Public Service.
The award is the top honor of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals® (Sammies). Fauci received the award for his work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his role as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he would frequently address the nation on how to navigate the situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus, and he has also led efforts to develop COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.
“Tony is a rare individual. He understands science, manages a scientific institution and communicates the science to federal leaders and the public. Not a lot of people can do that,” said Dr. Peter Jay Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. “Politically, he threads the needle. He is not ideological. He is pragmatic and always puts the country first.”
“Dr. Fauci has become a household name for his steady hand and unwavering commitment to his country during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier said. “Dr. Fauci represents the very best of public service, and it is an honor to award him the 2020 Federal Employee of the Year. We thank him for his dedication and for inspiring the next generation of public servants.”
Fauci and five other medalists will be honored during a one-hour virtual awards ceremony on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.