Federal Manager's Daily Report

Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center in Miami was awarded a Sammie for helping to improve storm surge forecasting.

The Partnership for Public Service has awarded its annual Service to America Medals, or Sammies, including naming as Federal Employee of the Year Victoria Brahm, director of the VA in Tomah, Wis., for restoring “the quality and safety of a broken health care center for veterans that had become notorious for unsafe medical practices, excessive opioid use and a toxic work environment.”

Other award winners were:


Management Excellence—Robert Cabana, director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla., for transforming the center “into a globally distinguished, multiuser launch site for government and commercial space exploration, helping preserve our country’s leadership in this important field.”

Science and Environment—Daniel Jernigan, M.D., director of the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, for leading “response efforts for dozens of disease crises, including Ebola, SARS and West Nile virus, while greatly improving our country’s ability to identify, prepare for and respond to inevitable flu pandemics.”

Career Achievement—Ann McKee, M.D., Chief of Neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System, for revolutionizing “scientific research and our understanding of the long-term effects of concussions, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, in veterans and athletes.”

National Security and International Affairs—Ryan Shelby, Diplomatic Attaché and Foreign Service Engineering Officer for AID in Haiti for providing “vital training and resources to help people in Haiti rebuild thousands of homes and roofs ripped apart by a Category 4 hurricane, making the structures safer and stronger to withstand future disasters.”

Safety and Law Enforcement—Jamie Rhome, storm surge specialist and team lead at the National Hurricane Center in Miami for creating “a new forecasting model and warning system that more accurately predicts the deadly storm surge caused by hurricanes, saving lives by alerting residents sooner of the approaching danger.”