2004 Federal Employee of the Year

Robert F. Clifford

Position: Supervisory Special Agent / Legal Attaché

Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Location: Athens, Greece

Achievement: Led investigation that resulted in the conviction of more than a dozen leaders of the “November 17” Group—Europe’s most notorious and elusive terrorist group.

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2004 Career Achievement Medal Recipient

Ambassador Prudence Bushnell

Position: Dean, Leadership and Management School

Agency: U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Guided U.S. Embassy in Kenya through the 1998 bombing and was a leading voice in the U.S. government urging a response to the ethnic genocide in Rwanda.

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2004 Call to Service Medal Recipient

Nicole Nelson-Jean

Position: Director

Agency: U.S. Department of Energy, Tokyo Office

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Achievement: Led U.S. delegation to the Arctic Circle for negotiations with Russian officials to better secure Russia’s nuclear materials and weapons. This agreement led to the creation of a service and training center for nuclear material and weapons security in Murmansk, Russia.

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2004 Citizen Services Medal Recipient

FTC Do Not Call Team led by Eileen Harrington

Position: Associate Director for Marketing Practices

Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Developed and implemented the federal Do Not Call Registry, which has reduced the number of telemarketing calls for more than 60 million Americans.

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2004 Homeland Security Medal Recipient

Brad Gair

Position: Federal Coordinating Officer

Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Location: New York, New York

Achievement: Oversaw the federal government’s recovery efforts in New York after 9/11 and supervised other FEMA rebuilding work in the wake of multiple natural disasters.

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2004 International Affairs Medal Recipient

Stephen E. Browning

Position: Director, Regional Programs

Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division

Location: San Francisco, California

Achievement: Led U.S. efforts to help Iraqis rebuild their electrical infrastructure and acted as the Administrative head of multiple Iraqi ministries; also led Army Corps of Engineers’ recovery efforts at Ground Zero.

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2004 Justice and Law Enforcement Medal Recipient

Operation Kids For Cover Team led by Peter Darling

Position: Senior Special Agent

Agency: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Achievement: Shut down a massive conspiracy in which rented babies and women couriers were used to smuggle cocaine in baby formula cans. 

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2004 Science and Environment Medal Recipient

Dr. Deborah Jin

Position: Physicist

Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Achievement: Created a new form of matter which could potentially unlock the key to superconductivity, a phenomenon with the potential to improve energy efficiency dramatically across a broad range of applications.

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The 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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