2011 Service to America Medal finalists announced

Tuesday - 5/3/2011, 2:18pm EDT

John Palguta, vice president for policy, PPS

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The Service to America Medals (SAMMIES) honor feds that have done extraordinary work throughout the year.

The 2011 finalists include a man who helped respond to the Japan earthquake, a woman fighting drug traffickers in Mexico, mental health care specialists, and a conflict monitor from the Census Bureau. 34 finalists were named in total.

The awards are given out by the Partnership for Public Service.

Federal News Radio will interview each of the finalists about their work leading up to the awards ceremony October 5, 2011. Find this year's interviews (and interviews from past years) by clicking here.

John Palguta, vice president for policy at PPS, spoke with Federal News Radio about the work the finalists are doing.