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Mike Byrne, Former Geographic Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. This former Federal Communication Commission employee is being honored for helping the public and policymakers know their Internet, cable and TV options. As a geographic information officer with the FCC, Mike Byrne mapped out broadband availability across America, sometimes block by block. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his former role and how it led to his nomination.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 02:48pm EDT
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Susan Hanson, Senior Resident Agent, FBI

Justice is served for three Alabama prison guards and a corrections officer who murdered an inmate. They face five to 35 year prison sentences, and the woman who helped put them behind bars now faces some high praise. Susan Hanson, senior resident agent for the FBI in Dothan, Alabama, is a Service to America medal winner in the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement category. She tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu how the case started. See a photo gallery of all SAMMIES finalists

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Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Jonathan Gandomi, Former Field Representative, State Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. As a diplomat, you don't seek out the easy life. Jonathan Gandomi was the State Department's field representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission. He spent two years on an assignment that has frustrated the world, ridding Africa of one of its oldest and most brutal extremist groups. Gandomi joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his experience in Africa that led to his 2014 Sammies nomination.

Tags: Jonathan Gandomi , State Department , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:34am EDT
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Air Force engineers develop lifesaving, IED-detecting technology

Sean C. Young and Benjamin J. Tran, two electronics engineers with the Air Force Research Lab created an aerial sensor that has helped U.S. service members to find and destroy dangerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan.

Tags: Sean Young , Benjamin Tran , Air Force , DoD , Air Force Research Laboratory , technology , IEDs , Afghanistan , drones , Sammies , people

Monday - 07/07/2014, 01:45pm EDT

Sean Young, Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. A civilian engineer is reshaping the way the military performs operations in the air and on the field. Sean Young is an electronics engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio. He helped save soldiers' lives in Afghanistan by creating a new aerial sensor system to detect improvised explosive devices. For his creativity, he is a finalist in the National Security and International Affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his nomination. View a gallery of all the Sammies nominees. Read a Q&A with Sean Young.

Tags: Sean Young , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:14am EDT
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Scott Borg, Head of Antarctic Sciences Section, National Science Foundation

Helping coordinate the discovery of a new species of dinosaur is no ordinary accomplishment. But try discovering two new species and collecting a 15-million-year-old water sample trapped half a mile below the surface of Antarctica. Scott Borg, head of the Antarctic Sciences Section in the Division of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation, is a Service to America medal finalist in the Career Achievement category. Borg and his team support university researchers and scientists to help make their scientific visions a reality. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what draws him to this kind of work. View a photo gallery of other SAMMIES finalists. Read a Q&A with Borg.

Tags: Scott Borg , National Science Foundation , In Depth , people

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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NSF's Borg leads effort to unlock scientific mysteries of Antarctica

As head of the Antarctic Sciences Section of the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs, Scott Gerald Borg oversees the funding and helps plot the direction of scientific research in Antarctica.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:11am EDT

Jill Boezwinkle, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is making drinking water safer in Kenya and Uganda. It's a bread and butter issue for the development agency, but the solution is different. Jill Boezwinkle has taken a crowd-sourced idea and turned it into reality in the Dispensers for Safe Water program. Now, she is a finalist in the national security and international affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss her role in the Dispensers for Safe Water program.

Tags: Jill Boezwinkle , USAID , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Doug Norton, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. As a senior scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, Doug Norton has led projects to protect the nation's waterways for more than two decades. His colleagues call him a can-do person who uses the latest technology to communicate with environmental officials and the public. Now, he is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the importance of the public understanding the local waterways. Read a related story.

Tags: Doug Norton , Environmental Protection Agency , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:39am EDT
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EPA's Norton builds online tools to help public protect watersheds

For two decades, Douglas James Norton, senior environmental scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, has been spearheading projects to help maintain the health of America's rivers, streams and lakes.

Tags: Doug Norton , EPA , Sammies , people , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT
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