Federal Employees Celebrated in Washington

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

Last night, federal employees were honored for their commitment to public service and exceptional contributions to improving the lives of Americans.

Known as the “Oscars” of public service, the SAMMIES (Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals) were handed out at a gala on Tuesday.

Those honored include civil servants whose contributions impact American health, safety and economic development.

Health science professionals were recognized for their work developing treatments for rare genetic diseases, protecting mothers and babies from the mosquito-borne Zika virus and researching developmental disabilities.

One winning team developed a traffic management system for the hundreds of thousands of commercial drones flying in American airspace, while another award-winner recovered nearly $600 million for victims of money transfer scams.

Once again, National President Tony Reardon served on the awards selection committee—a daunting task with more than 300 deserving nominees from across the federal government.

The Sammies not only honor the personal and team contributions of the recipients, but they represent the collective achievements of all federal workers. NTEU congratulates award winners, and we salute all federal employees who work every day to improve the quality of life for all Americans.