Program Overview

The Partnership for Public Service annually honors outstanding federal employees who have made a significant difference in the lives of Americans, presenting awards that have come to be known as the "Oscars of government service."

Renamed the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals in honor of the Partnership's late founder, the awards shine the spotlight on the inspiring and high impact accomplishments of talented and dedicated federal employees. The honorees' achievements are a testament to the important and effective work of our government and the value of a strong federal career workforce.

Award winners have been involved in a wide array of activities, including defending the homeland, caring for our veterans, protecting the environment, ensuring public safety, making scientific and medical discoveries, creating innovative ways to serve those in need, responding to natural and man-made disasters, promoting our national interests, and helping government become more effective.

President Obama has said that Service to America Medal recipients "exemplify the spirit of service that marks our federal workforce," and provide a reminder that "the collective efforts of dedicated civil servants lay the foundation for America's prosperity and ensure a brighter future for our children."

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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