2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

2007 Finalists—Call to Service Medal

This award will recognize a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service. This medal is accompanied by a $5,000 award.

Nicole Faison

Position: Director, Office of Public Housing Programs

Agency: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Location: Washington, D.C.

Residence: Glen Burnie, Maryland

Achievement: Created income verification program that eliminated more than $2 billion in fraudulent payments by HUD’s rental assistance programs

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Markus Garlauskas

Position: Chief, J2 Estimates

Agency: U.S. Department of the Army

Location: Republic of Korea

Residence: Seoul, Korea

Achievement: Rose to become one of the United States’ senior intelligence officials on the Korean peninsula by the age of 28

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Myroslava Gongadze

Position: Journalist and Anchor for Voice of America’s Ukraine Service

Agency: Broadcasting Board of Governors, International Broadcasting Bureau

Location: Washington, D.C.

Residence: Arlington, Virginia

Achievement: Serves as the leading spokesperson for democratic values in Ukraine, helping to move the nation in a more pro-western direction

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Dr. Konrad Lehnert

Position: Physicist, Office of the Director

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Residence: Boulder, Colorado

Achievement: Conducted groundbreaking research to use quantum mechanics to improve measurement science

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Brian Waud

Position: Foreign Affairs Specialist

Agency: U.S. Department of Energy

Location: Washington, D.C.

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Led effort in Russia to successfully secure and dispose of enough radiological material to build 2,300 dirty bombs

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The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service.

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Finalist photos by Sam Kittner / kittner.com