Finalists have been announced for the annual Service to America, or Sammies, awards, a top honor for federal employees. A total of 44 individuals, some as part of teams, have been named in the categories of career achievement; COVID-19 response; emerging leaders; science, technology and environment; safety, security and international affairs; management excellence; and federal employee of the year.
“Accomplishments of the 2022 Sammies finalists include coordinating housing and services for Afghan refugees after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan—the largest refugee resettlement in modern U.S. history; successfully restoring the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 insurrection in preparation for the January 20 inauguration; and spearheading efforts to create disability education programs that have reached 300,000 children around the world,” said the Partnership for Public Service, which sponsors the awards.
“This year’s finalists also eliminated long delays and greatly increased the payments to individuals who were affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks; led the effort to supply community health centers serving low-income and underserved communities with life-saving COVID-19 vaccines; and developed a revolutionary system to detect methane leaks in oil and gas production to prevent pollution and fight climate change,” it said.
Winners will be announced in the fall after selection by a panel of political, academic, media, nonprofit and private sector leaders; a separate “people’s choice” winner is chosen through public voting.
Listings of finalists, descriptions of their accomplishments, and a link for voting for the people’s choice award are at https://servicetoamericamedals.org/