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Meet the 2014 Service to America Medal Finalists

Each year, the Partnership for Public Service recognizes the outstanding achievements of dedicated federal workers with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

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The Partnership for Public Service named 33 finalists for its annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies Awards) on May 6.

The awards recognize federal employees who went above and beyond in 2013 to help advance "the health, safety and well-being of Americans."

This year, 33 feds (including seven teams) were named finalists in seven categories.

Over the next few months, Federal News Radio will interview each finalist about their work.

Scroll through this gallery to view photos of each finalist, listen to our interviews (as they become available), read Q&As, and learn more about the work for which they've been nominated.

More information on all of the finalists can be found on the Partnership for Public Service's website.

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Anthony Regalbuto
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Chief, Office of International and Domestic Port Security, U.S. Coast Guard

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

By assessing potential vulnerabilities at hundreds of marine facilities, Regalbuto was able to create comprehensive security plans for international and domestic ports to prevent terrorist attacks. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Regalbuto. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Regalbuto.

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Miguel O. Román
Call to Service Medal Finalist

TITLE: Research Physical Scientist, Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

LOCATION: Greenbelt, Maryland

Román helped scientists and policymakers to understand and respond to climate change and natural disasters by providing timely information about wildfires, storm damage and energy consumption. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Román. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Román.

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Richard Rast
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

TITLE: Senior Engineer
Air Force Research Laboratory

LOCATION: Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Rast developed a low-cost method of tracking space debris that present a potential threat to spacecraft and satellites. Learn more.

In Depth with Francis Rose recently interviewed Rast. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Rast.

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Alan Lindenmoyer
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

TITLE: Program Manager, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program, Johnson Space Center, NASA

LOCATION:Houston, Texas

Lindenmoyer's transformative work at NASA's space travel programs helped preserve the viability of space research while reducing taxpayer costs. His work also helped to stimulate the commercial space industry. Learn more.

In Depth with Francis Rose recently interviewed Lindenmoyer. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Lindenmoyer.

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Jonathan Baker
Call to Service Medal Finalist

TITLE: Delta IV Launch Systems Deputy Chief Engineer, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Systems Directorate

LOCATION: El Segundo, California

Baker led a team responsible for launching 13 Air Force satellites into orbit. With the purchase of 40 new rockets, his efforts saved taxpayers more than $4 billion. Learn more.

In Depth with Francis Rose recently interviewed Baker. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Baker.

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Thomas Browne
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Deputy Director
Office of Anticrime Programs
Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Browne transformed addiction treatment and drug prevention programs in 70 countries. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Browne. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Browne.

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Sofia Hussain
Call to Service Medal Finalist

TITLE: Senior Forensic Accountant
Division of Enforcement
Securities and Exchange Commission

LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts

Hussain helped to return hundreds of millions of dollars to investors by using cutting-edge technology and data analysis to assist federal investigators unravel securities fraud cases. Learn more.

In Depth with Francis Rose recently interviewed Hussain. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Hussain.

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Sara Meyers
Call to Service Medal Finalist

TITLE: Director
Sandy Program Management Office
Department of Housing and Urban Development

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Meyers created a data analysis system to measure the performance of federal housing programs. She also set up a system to track $13.6 billion in economic stimulus money and $50 billion in disaster recovery money for Hurricane Sandy. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Meyers. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Meyers.

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Dr. Rana A. Hajjeh and the Hib Initiative Team
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

TITLE: Director
Division of Bacterial Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia

Hajjeh led the global campaign to vaccinate people in the poorest countries to fight bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. This effort is expected to save 7 million children by 2020. Learn more.

Hajjeh recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview.

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Marcia Crosse
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

TITLE: Director, Health Care
Government Accountability Office

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Crosse informed Congress and prompted reforms to the Food and Drug Administrations role as a global leader in the regulation of drugs and medical devices. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Crosse. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Crosse.

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Anthony Cotton, Amanda Femal, Jason Fleming, JP Gibbons and the Development Credit Authority Transaction Teams
Call to Service Medal Finalist

TITLE: Africa Team Leader (Cotton); Asia and Middle East Team Leader (Femal); Latin America/Caribbean and Europe and Eurasia Team Leader (Fleming); Strategic Transactions Group Team Leader (Gibbons)
U.S. Agency for International Development, Development Credit Authority

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

During the past two years, this team generated nearly $1 billion in aid for 60 projects in 42 developing countries. Learn more.

Shown here, from left, are Jason Fleming, Amanda Femal, Anthony Cotton and JP Gibbons.

In Depth with Francis Rose recently interviewed Jason Fleming Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Fleming.

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Doug Norton
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

TITLE: Senior Environmental Scientist
Watershed Branch
Environmental Protection Agency

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Norton worked with state agencies, scientists and citizens to help them protect their local lakes, streams and rivers. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Norton. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Norton.

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Jill Boezwinkle
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

TITLE: Senior Program Manager
Development Innovation Ventures
U.S. Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Boezwinkle led the effort to provide safe drinking water to 5 million residents of Kenya and Uganda. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Boezwinkle. Listen to the interview.

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Scott Gerald Borg
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

TITLE:Head
Antarctic Sciences Section
Division of Polar Programs
National Science Foundation

LOCATION: Arlington, Virginia

Borg directed a research program in Antarctica that led to significant discoveries about climate change and the origin of the universe. Learn more.

In Depth with Francis Rose recently interviewed Borg. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Borg.

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Sean C. Young & Benjamin Tran
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

TITLE: Electronics Engineers
Air Force Research Laboratory

LOCATION: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Young and Tran created and deployed an aerial sensor system that allowed Army and Special Forces to identify and destroy improvised explosive devices. Learn more.

Shown here are Sean Young, left, and Benjamin Tran.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Sean Young. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Young.

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Susan Hanson
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Senior Resident Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation

LOCATION: Dothan, Alabama

Hanson exposed a culture of abuse in Alabama prisons and brought to justice four prison guards who had beaten and murdered an inmate. Learn more.

In Depth with Francis Rose recently interviewed Hanson. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Hanson.

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John Cymbalsky
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

TITLE: Program Manager
Appliance and Equipment Standards
Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Cymbalsky helped to save consumers money as well as reduce energy consumption and air pollution by bringing together industry and environmental on adopting new efficiency standards for appliances and commercial equipment. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Cymbalsky. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Cymbalsky.

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Jonathan Gandomi
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

TITLE: Former Field Representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission
Department of State
Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Gandomi coordinated the U.S. effort to end atrocities caused by one of Africa's most brutal extremist groups — the Lord's Resistance Army. This effort assisted victims in overcoming decades of violence. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Gandomi. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Gandomi.

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James D. Green
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

TITLE: Project Officer
Division of Safety Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

LOCATION: Morgantown, West Virginia

Collaborating with ambulance manufacturers and multiple federal agencies, Green led the effort to establish ambulance crash standards in order to reduce injuries among EMS workers and patients. Learn more.

Green recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read a Q&A and listen to the interview. (Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Michael Byrne
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

TITLE: Former Geographic Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Byrne provided citizens with detailed data about the country's broadband availability and communications systems. Learn more.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recently interviewed Byrne. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Byrne.

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Sonny Hashmi
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

TITLE: Acting Chief Information Officer
General Services Administration

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Hashmi was the leader of the General Service Administration "Cloud Initiative," establishing a model for other agencies to follow. Learn more.

Check back for our interview and Q&A with Hashmi.

Hashmi recently joined Federal News Radio for an online chat to discuss virtual desktops and zero-based IT budgeting, among other topics. Read the chat online.

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Günter Waibel, Adam Metallo and Vincent Rossi

TITLE: Citizen Services Medal Finalist
Director, Digitization Program Office (Waibel) and 3D Program Officers (Metallo and Rossi)
Smithsonian Institution

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Using computerized 3-D imaging and printing technologies, Waibel, Metallo and Rossi provided access to many of the Smithsonian's vast holdings to students, teachers, researchers and visitors around the world. Learn more.

Shown here, from left, are Adam Metallo, Günter Waibel and Vincent Rossi.

Waibel and Metallo were recently in studio on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview.

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Edwin Kneedler
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Deputy Solicitor General
Department of Justice

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Not only did Kneedler argue 125 cases, but he also helped to formulate the government's legal strategies for hundreds of other cases before the Supreme Court. Learn more.

Kneedler was recently interviewed on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to the interview.

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E. Ramona Trovato
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Associate Assistant Administrator for Research and Development
Environmental Protection Agency

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

By focusing attention on the effects of pollutants on children, Trovato transformed the national environmental health policy. She also devised response strategies to biological, chemical and radiological contamination caused by potential terrorist attacks. Learn more.

Trovato was recently interviewed on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Trovato

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Jeffrey Rogers
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

TITLE: Program Manager (Retired)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

LOCATION: Arlington, Virginia

Rogers came up with a wearable sensor that provides information in real-time on the risk of traumatic brain injuries to service members exposed to bomb blasts. Learn more.

Rogers was recently in studio on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Rogers.

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R. Patrick DeGroodt
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

TITLE: Deputy Product Manager
Department of the Army

LOCATION: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

DeGroodt developed and deployed a new mobile communications network that allowed Army units to maintain continuous communication in the battlefield. Learn more.

DeGroodt was interviewed on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with DeGroodt.

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Robert Canino
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Regional Attorney
Dallas District Office
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

LOCATION: Dallas, Texas

Canino employed civil rights laws in trying human trafficking cases in which labor laws and criminal enforcement were ineffective in defending intellectually disabled or foreign-born workers facing exploitation and abuse. Learn more.

Canino was recently in studio on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Canino.

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Ronald E. Walters
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

TITLE: Acting Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Walters provided increased availability and access to the nation's burial sites for veterans, while delivering "the pinnacle of care and service." Learn more.

Walters appeared recently on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview.

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Marion Mollegen McFadden and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

TITLE: Senior Attorney for Disaster Recovery
Department of Housing and Urban Development

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, McFadden and her team coordinated the efforts of a number of federal agencies to serve the effected communities. Learn more.

McFadden recently appeared on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Listen to interview with McFadden.

Read an exclusive Q&A with McFadden.

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William Charmley & James Tamm
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

TITLE: Director, Assessment and Standards Division (Charmley) and Chief, Fuel Economy Division (Tamm)
Environmental Protection Agency (Charmley); National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Tamm)

LOCATION: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Charmley) and Washington, D.C. (Tamm)

Charmley and Tamm led an interagency effort to establish standards to double the fuel economy of cars and light trucks by 2025, helping to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 6 billion metric tons. Learn more.

Shown here, from left, are James Tamm and William Charmley.

Charmley and Tamm recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview.

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William A. Bauman, M.D., and Ann M. Spungen, Ph.D.
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

TITLE: Director (Bauman) and Associate Director (Spungen)
National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
Department of Veterans Affairs
James J. Peters VA Medical Center

LOCATION: Bronx, New York

Bauman and Spungen developed new methods in treating overlooked medical problems, which helped improve the lives of paralyzed veterans. Learn more.

Shown here are William Bauman and Ann Spungen.

Bauman and Spungen recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview and read an exclusive Q&A with Bauman.

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Omar Pérez Aybar, Reginald J. France and the Miami HEAT Teams
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Assistant Special Agents in Charge, Miami Regional Office
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Inspector General

LOCATION: Miami Lakes, Florida

Investigations by Aybar, France and the Miami HEAT Teams into Medicare fraud cases in South Florida led to more than 600 convictions and the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars. Learn more.

Shown here, from the left, are Omar Aybar, Joe Beemsterboer, Joseph Jeziorski and Reginald J. France.

Check back for our interview and Q&A with Aybar, Beemsterboer, Jeziorski and France.

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Gilbert Bindewald, Alice Lippert and Patrick Willging
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

TITLE: Program Manager, Advanced Grid Modeling Research (Bindewald); Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (Lippert); Senior Logistics Specialist (Willging)
Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (Bindewald and Lippert)
Office of Petroleum Reserve (Willging)

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Bindewald, Lippert and Willging created critical information and assessment tools that helped agencies and power companies provide emergency services and electricity during natural disasters. Learn more.

Shown here are Patrick Willging and Alice Lippert.

Check back for our interview and Q&A with Bindewald, Willging and Lippert.

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