2023 Sammies Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2023 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medals (Sammies) have been announced in honor of Public Service Recognition Week.

The Partnership for Public Service has announced the finalists for the 2023 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) to kick off Public Service Recognition Week which runs from May 7-13, 2023.

A total of 27 federal employees are among the Sammies finalists representing both individual federal employees and teams. The Sammies are the premier awards program recognizing excellence in government service.

The finalists will be celebrated at a reception on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Winners will be announced in the fall.

The Sammies finalists are eligible contenders in five categories: the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement medal; Emerging Leaders; Science, Technology and Environment; Safety, Security and International Affairs; and Management Excellence. All finalists are also eligible to be chosen as the Federal Employee of the Year. 

All 27 Sammies finalists are also eligible for the Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award. Beginning Monday, May 8, the public can vote online for the federal employee or team they believe has made the most significant contributions in public service. The People’s Choice winner will be announced during the summer.

Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, said in a statement:

This year’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals finalists are at the center of some of the most important work happening across our government. The awards recognize the excellence and dedication of civil servants who work to better our nation every day. For more than 20 years, we have honored federal employees through this program to shine a light on their dedication and hard work, and to change public perceptions about the role of government.

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