The Partnership for Public Service has announced the winners of this year’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies). The program celebrates the hard work of federal employees who have benefitted the health, safety and prosperity of the United States.
- Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, said the program was created 20 years ago based on the idea that it’s essential to honor extraordinary work in government in order to have the kind of public service the country needs.
- This year’s awards include a new COVID-19 Response Medal to call out achievements related to the pandemic, and they recognize Dr. Barney S. Graham and Kizzmekia S. Corbett as Federal Employees of the Year for designing the vaccines currently in use.
- Stier said it’s important to invest in government, which requires great public servants, because democracy in the United States depends on it.