Max Stier, president & CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, discusses the Public Service Recognition Week, and what the 2019 Sammies nominees have in common.
Monday marks the start of Public Service Recognition Week. Various groups across government will highlight the work that members of the federal workforce provide. One of the week’s biggest events is Thursday’s announcement of the finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Medals. Max Stier, president & CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, says that the honorees for this year’s “Sammies” have some common elements. “One of the things that I love about this event is the incredible diversity of capability and achievement that they represent. When you talk about one theme, the theme to me is amazing, awesome. Whatever adjective you want.” Stier said. “On a substantive side, one of the things I’m enjoying seeing is the way in which more and more of these stories involve the use of data and making data improve government service. It’s everything from a team at the VA that is taking data to allow veteran’s benefits to be done. What used to take 2 months now takes 6 minutes. Another [is an] oceanographer who has developed a whole model to allow search and rescue teams to find people at sea much faster and save more lives.”