1. The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals pay tribute to America's dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to our country. Honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.

    Learn more at servicetoamericamedals.org

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  2. There was a time not too long ago when nearly 400,000 children were dying each year of bacterial meningitis and pneumonia in developing nations all over the world. Yet a safe and effective vaccine against the culprit organism, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), had virtually wiped out the problem years earlier in the U.S. and other industrialized countries.

    In parts of Africa and Asia, numerous obstacles limited the vaccine’s use. Many children who survived the diseases, meningitis in particular, were left with crushing disabilities, such as mental retardation and deafness.

    Dr. Rana Hajjeh, a longtime medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked nearly nine years to close this tragic gap. Using a remarkable combination of gentle force, science and cultural sensitivity, she led a global campaign that convinced 60 countries to adopt the vaccine’s use.

    Learn more about Hajjeh and the Hib Initiative Team's accomplishments at

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  3. During a distinguished 38-year career at the Department of Justice, Edwin Kneedler has represented the government’s interests before the Supreme Court more than any other attorney currently practicing law. He has personally argued 125 cases on matters ranging from immigration and heath care to affirmative action and free speech.

    As a top career deputy in the Solicitor General’s Office, Kneedler has lent his immense experience, institutional knowledge and credibility to help craft the government’s positions in hundreds of additional cases before the nation’s highest court, assisted attorneys preparing legal briefs and arguments, and served as the conscience and moral compass of the office.

    Learn more about Edwin Kneedler's accomplishments at:

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  4. In order to increase the effectiveness of critical federal housing programs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is using data analysis to track performance, identify problems and make needed changes.

    HUDStat, the performance system co-created by Sara Meyers, a
    33-year-old staffer at HUD, is used to compile and analyze data in clear, concise ways that make it easier to understand the outcomes of federal housing programs. In addition to this work, Meyers was instrumental in creating processes to track $13.6 billion in HUD economic stimulus funding in 2009 and $50 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief money in 2012.

    Learn more about Meyers's accomplishments at

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  5. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) generates millions of documents regarding its regulation of television, radio, telecommunications, satellite and cable, but much of that information was not always readily accessible to the public nor easily understood.

    As the FCC’s geographic information officer, Michael Byrne helped change this landscape, creating online maps and presenting data in ways that have made enormous amounts of information instantly available to consumers, citizen-activists and policymakers, and provided the business community with facts to make more informed commercial decisions.

    Learn more about Byrne's accomplishments at

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2014 Service to America Medals Recipients

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The Partnership for Public Service has announced the recipients of the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Having earned the reputation as the "Oscars" of public service, the achievements of the these eight outstanding public servants range…

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The Partnership for Public Service has announced the recipients of the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Having earned the reputation as the "Oscars" of public service, the achievements of the these eight outstanding public servants range from improving the lives of paralyzed veterans to arguing 125 cases before the Supreme Court to recovering nearly a billion dollars in stolen Medicare funds to leading a global vaccination campaign that will save the lives of millions of children.

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