Sammie nominations open


Michelle Obama poses with the 2010 Service to America Medals winners

Last year’s Service to America Medals recipients united Haitian orphans with their adoptive families, worked to convict more than 600 sexual predators and developed equipment to boost survival rates among wounded soldiers.

Starting today, the Partnership for Public Service is accepting nominations through Jan. 31 for the annual  public service awards, known as the Sammies. The awards recognize civilian federal employees who have shown commitment to service and have made significant contributions in their fields.

There are eight medal categories, including federal employee of the year, citizen services and management excellence. Winners are selected based on “impact of their work on meeting the needs of the nation, on-the-job innovation, and commitment to public service.”

Here’s a look at the 2010 awardees.

This year’s winners will be named in October and will receive up to $10,000 in cash prizes.


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