Federal Employee of the Year Medal Recipients

This medal recognizes a federal employee whose professional contributions exemplify the highest attributes of public service and is accompanied by a $10,000 monetary award.

Tara Palmore, Julie Segre and Team—2013 Recipients

Position: Deputy Hospital Epidemiologist and Senior Investigator

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Achievement: Stopped the spread of a deadly hospital-acquired infection through the first-ever use of genome sequencing to identify the source and trace the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, creating a groundbreaking model for the health care industry.

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Lynne Meryl Mofenson—2012 Recipient

Position: Branch Chief, Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal AIDS Branch

Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Achievement: Played a pivotal role in preventing the AIDS epidemic among children by studying ways to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

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Paul A. Hsieh—2011 Recipient

Position: Research Hydrologist

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Menlo Park, California

Achievement: Provided critical scientific information to convince federal officials that the containment cap on a ruptured deepwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was working, thereby helping end the environmental disaster.

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Pius Bannis—2010 Recipient

Position: Field Office Director, Haiti

Agency: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Achievement: Expedited the immigration process to quickly unite more than 1,100 Haitian orphans with their adoptive families in the United States following the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

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Janet Kemp—2009 Recipient

Position: National Director, Suicide Prevention Program

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Location: Canandaigua, New York

Achievement: Established a national suicide prevention hotline for veterans, which has resulted in more than 3,000 immediate rescues.

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Richard Greene—2008 Recipient

Position: Director, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition

Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Global Health

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Designed and launched the President’s Malaria Initiative, which has provided potentially life-saving services to more than 25 million vulnerable people.

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Dr. Douglas R. Lowy and Dr. John T. Schiller—2007 Recipients

Position: Laboratory Chief (Lowy) and Senior Investigator (Schiller), Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research

Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Achievement: Made discoveries that led to the development of a vaccine for the virus that causes a majority of cervical cancers worldwide.

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Dr. Nancy Cox—2006 Recipient

Position: Director, Influenza Division

Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Achievement: Leading domestic and international efforts to prepare for a flu pandemic.

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Orlando Figueroa—2005 Recipient

Position: Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, Science Mission Directorate

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Led the development of the Mars Exploration Rover project.

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Robert F. Clifford—2004 Recipient

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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Stephen McHale—2003 Recipient

Position: Deputy Administrator

Agency: Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Location: Arlington, Virginia

Achievement: On January 2, 2002, the Transportation Security Administration consisted of two people—and Stephen McHale was one of them. Over the next year, McHale helped grow TSA into an organization responsible for aviation security with more than 60,000 people—the largest mobilization of a new agency since World War II.

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William L. Fleming and Ben H. Herren—2002 Recipient

Position: Fleming: Special Agent; Herren: Investigative Research Specialist

Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Achievement: Brought to justice two of the men responsible for the infamous 1963 bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, nearly 40 years after they had committed the crime.

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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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