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Gears of Government Awards

Hall of Winners

Recognizing individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.

Hall of Winners will be updated on a rolling basis as more winners are announced.

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Charmagne Ackerman
  • Richard Angelbeck
  • Constantine Blathras
  • Michael Langman
  • Danny Marcus

Environmental Protection Agency

Cut permitting time in half for standard air permitting applications without sacrificing quality. Their improvements save valuable time and resources for taxpayers and private employers, and continue to protect public health.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Ahmed M. Askar
  • Nathan M. Beck
  • Robert J. Bouvier
  • Wayne A. Gorski
  • Valerie L. Hall

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved how FDA responds and reacts to natural disasters. This effort enhances FDA’s ability to assess the impact of damage at facilities and ability to recover resources.

Agency Award

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Department of Labor

  • Gundeep Ahluwalia
  • Louis Charlier
  • Steve Davis
  • Blaine Marchik
  • Vernon Samuel

Department of Labor

Decreased cybersecurity threats to the Department of Labor operating systems through critical software updates.

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Department of Agriculture

  • Edwin Almodovar
  • Luis Hernandez
  • Edwin Martinez
  • Damaris Medina

Department of Agriculture

Detected and addressed immediate danger to human life and property as first responders in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. With the assistance of local employees, the team visited over 1,000 people and identified over $25 million in emergency watershed projects.

Agency Award

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Anita Robertson

Department of Defense


Anita Robertson

Through her leadership of the IT and Business System Reform effort, identified and deployed critical staff who modernized Federal IT systems and provided efficiencies that saved taxpayers $200 million in FY2018.

Council Award

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Department of Labor

  • Brad Baptiste
  • Richard Brown
  • Christi Griffin
  • Deena Al-Mohamed
  • Maylin Jue

Department of Labor

Increased participation of private companies in the Occupational Health Safety Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program which recognizes excellence in occupational safety and health management. The streamlined, easy-to-use application system helped to reduce burden on companies.

Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Charles Broshous
  • Preston Bryant
  • Delmer (Steve) Gillespie
  • Camille Heaney
  • Timothy Miller
  • Brian Mullowney
  • Jordan Prinster
  • Jason Strickland

Department of Veterans Affairs

Decreased response time for Congressional and White House inquiries by 65% through the implementation of technology-driven operational improvements.

Agency Award

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United States Agency for International Development

Enterprise Risk Management Team

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United States Agency for International Development,
Enterprise Risk Management Team

Agency Award

  • Ruth Buckley
  • Maria Cruz
  • Connie Miconi
  • Reginald William Mitchell
  • Carissa Page
  • Lisa Whitley
  • Margaret Strong
  • Clinton White

Developed and implemented an Agency-wide approach to navigating and managing complex risks. USAID’s mission requires staff to work in high-threat environments, with risks ranging from state failure and armed conflict, to corruption, natural disaster and macroeconomic instability. The team’s work helps the Agency make informed and strategic financial, policy, and program decisions.

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Department of Energy

  • Na'ilah Bowden
  • Tyson Deschamp
  • Kaylyn Peters
  • Sheila Feddis
  • Jessica Kunkle

Department of Energy

Revolutionized the National Nuclear Security Administration’s management methodologies which led to increased collaboration among staff and significant progress towards achieving national security objectives.

Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Christopher Blaha
  • Jeffrey Eversman
  • Cora Dickson
  • Jim Rice
  • Mark Ross

Department of Commerce

Developed and evaluated trade remedy options for solar panels and washing machines to allow the government to take remedial action against imports damaging domestic industry. By running over 80 simulations to estimate impacts, their work resulted in recommended options accepted and announced by the President.

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General Services Administration

  • Ryan Byrd
  • Kimberly Guest

General Services Administration

Saved $37M in acquisition costs through the consolidation of contracts that provide management, professional, and technical support for the U.S. Army’s Counter-Rocket Artillery Mortar program. These efforts also increased the share of contract work for small businesses by $140M.

Council Award

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • Lynn Bates
  • Paula Garrity
  • Vickie Smith
  • Meg Gold

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Became the first agency able to show the exact cost of 100% of IT costs in the agency.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Maureen Bookwalter
  • Scott Godfrey
  • Matthew Staudacher
  • Steven Kimball
  • Lynn Oliver

Department of Agriculture

Launched the Good Neighbor Authority to build public private partnerships that will improve forest health, reduce fuels and threats to communities and watersheds from catastrophic wildfires, and create more jobs and economic benefits.

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General Services Administration

  • Tim Benoit
  • Jack Peterson
  • Janet Schweer
  • Joe Myers
  • Laura Rock
  • Denise Elsbernd
  • Gary Jenkins
  • Kim Kittrell
  • Eddie Mills

General Services Administration

Increased efficiency and reduced costs of the acquisition process for maintenance services at military fueling stations around the world through cross-agency collaboration. These services provide critical support to ships, tanks, aircraft, and other military vehicles.

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Department of Transportation

  • Karen Bohannon
  • Nicholas Sanders
  • Ryan Kim
  • Martha Dunn

Department of Transportation

Modernized key FAA mission information technology. The new, consolidated approach has significantly improved productivity, enabled the retirement of legacy data centers and saved the FAA approximately $600,000 per year.

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Department of Energy and Department of Interior

  • Steve Blazek
  • Tracey Switek
  • Seth Wiley
  • Joy Gober
  • Tim Langer

Department of Energy and Department of Interior

Reduced administrative costs and improved the efficiency of environmental compliance through the use of data. This data helped to identify a Utah plant species that no longer required protection as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the species based on its stability, allowing money and efforts to be redirected toward truly endangered species.

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Department of Labor

  • Jennifer Blair
  • Lee Thacker
  • Dennis Adams
  • Marcus Stevens
  • Alex Rundle

Department of Labor

Improved the efficiency and cost-savings of equipment for manufacturers through the development of an in-house 3D printing system for DOL’s Occupational Health Safety Administration Field Office. The 3D printing system produces parts that manufacturers no longer support and can build accessories to enhance existing equipment.

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Department of the Treasury

  • Linda Bailey
  • Stephanie Thomas
  • Kelly Holtzclaw
  • Lydia Washington
  • Tracy Garrett

Department of the Treasury

Distributed approximately 70,000 currency readers to blind or visually-impaired individuals and promoted smartphone currency identifier apps to assist with daily cash transactions. The team’s efforts resulted in approximately 85,000 downloads.

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Baboyma Kagniniwa

United States Agency for International Development


Baboyma Kagniniwa

Used spatial analysis and GIS mapping to strategically address poverty, malnutrition, and stunting. Mr. Kagniniwa’s work gives USAID teams a better understanding of each country’s unique challenges and helps them design evidence-based activities to increase impact.

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Brian Martin

Department of Health and Human Services


Brian Martin

Improved access to life-saving medications for millions of Medicare recipients. Mr. Martin created a new system that makes it easier for recipients to find a Medicare plan that meets their healthcare needs.

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Brittany Borg

Small Business Administration


Brittany Borg

Improved the performance and accountability of SBA programs by helping leads evaluate programs and identify opportunities. Brittany’s work is being used as an example for other agencies.

Council Award

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • Theresa Clark
  • Howard Benowitz
  • Timothy Reed
  • Alex Garmoe
  • Adam Gendelman

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Trained over 2000 employees on new licensing requirements, ensuring public health safety standards are met on any license the NRC approves.

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Department of the Treasury

  • Ed Choy
  • Valentino DeVito

Department of the Treasury

Developed a bank note security sensor to detect counterfeit bank notes for cash processing operations. The technology flawlessly processed over six million U.S. currency notes and allowed for the elimination of another tool, saving an estimated $4 million per year.

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Department of Agriculture

  • Heather Curlett
  • Christian Dellis
  • George Galasso
  • Wendy Jin
  • Andrea Simao

Department of Agriculture

Led an effort across government, industry, state, academia, and crop specialists to better detect and prevent weed seeds in U.S. soybean products. Their efforts protected access to the $12.4 billion Chinese soybean market and the livelihoods of American producers.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Laura Castro
  • Janice Fitzgerald
  • Kathy Staley
  • Shenique Bridges
  • LaTisha Savoy

Department of Agriculture

Worked with State agency and private-sector partners to ensure access to a safe, nutritious, and secure food supply and program flexibilities during the devastating hurricane season and the wildfires that impacted California. The team facilitated the distribution of 11 million pounds of food to feed groups and individual households after the disaster.

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Small Business Administration

  • Guy Cavallo
  • Sanjay Gupta
  • Beau Houser
  • Russ Miller
  • G. Nagesh Rao

Small Business Administration

Modernized the Small Business Administration’s technology infrastructure yielding $11 million in savings. The updated systems and software are more efficient and have led to increased productivity from SBA employees.

Council Award

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Craig Carroll
  • Ashley Howard
  • Margaret Osbourne
  • Dwayne Patrick
  • Mita Rana

Environmental Protection Agency

Saved thousands of employee work hours by modernizing and automating how EPA reports activity across the country. The team improved coordination across departments and freed up employees and managers to focus on outcomes.

Council Award

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Department of Defense

  • Joo Chung
  • Linda Neilson
  • Patricia Toppings
  • Morgan Park
  • Geral Dziecichowicz

Department of Defense

Eliminated unnecessary, costly, and burdensome regulations that impede the DoD’s mission. Their work reduced agency-wide regulations by approximately 25% and has already saved taxpayers $4.3 million.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Alice Catalano
  • Reshawn Seaberry
  • John Bilotta
  • Julie Blaaw
  • Joshua Bubinas

Department of Homeland Security

Improved public safety, by consolidating electronic entry, exit, and flight status information for cargo screening facilities at Chicago O’Hare International Airport into a single data repository. 102 million passengers and 1.9 million tons of cargo moved through O’Hare in 2017.

Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Stephen Copps
  • Daniel Tonnes

Department of Commerce

Created partnerships with a range of minority-serving organizations to expose students to STEM fields and begin to build a pipeline of talent for NOAA.

Agency Award

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Christopher Derringer

Social Security Administration


Christopher Derringer

Enhanced the customer service and operations of Tulsa’s Social Security office. Christopher’s commitment to improving online self-help service resulted in a substantial increase in new online My Social Security Accounts, saving 130 Social Security customers from office revisits in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Clifton Neal

Department of State


Clifton Neal

Saved the U.S. Mission to Japan hundreds of thousands of dollars by modernizing supply-chain and procurement practices, taking advantage of the economies of scale afforded by nearby US military bases.

Agency Award

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Bruce Davidson
  • Rachel Abreu
  • David Paquette
  • Courtney Edwards
  • Leya Posey

Department of Homeland Security

Improved security preparedness and resiliency at national places of interest through the completion of security capabilities reviews for private organizations.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Frank Domizio
  • Aaron Burnett
  • Thomas Schankweiler

Department of Health and Human Services

Designed and implemented the innovative “Cybervets” program, which helps prepare veterans transitioning to civilian life by training them to fill critical cybersecurity roles.

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Department of Energy

  • Peter Dessaules
  • Shannon Chester

Department of Energy

Reduced recurring maintenance and operational costs by modernizing the Nuclear Materials Management and Safeguards System, which provides timely and accurate data on the movement of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Originally estimated to cost $13M, the modernization was completed within projected budget allocations of $3.5M.

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Robyn DeYoung
  • Michelle Ibarra
  • Ethan McMahon
  • Erica Bollerud
  • Andrew Yuen

Environmental Protection Agency

Made air emissions data timelier and more accessible to better inform policy decisions. Created a tool that lets stakeholders quickly find out what proposed energy efficiency and renewable energy programs will mean in terms of real air emission reductions.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Irving Dennis
  • George Tomchick
  • Joseph Hungate
  • MelaJo Kubacki
  • Nita Nigam

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Transformed the way HUD manages its finances. The team reduced the administrative burden for some programs by over 90% and significantly improved accountability and transparency of taxpayer funds.

Agency Award

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Daniel W. Green

Department of Homeland Security


Daniel W. Green

Led FEMA’s distribution of fuel to multiple operations during 2017’s major hurricanes. Fuel is critical in disaster response for local, state and federal responders, as well as hospitals and other service providers.

Agency Award

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David Horn

Department of Health and Human Services


David Horn

Led a government-wide coalition to improve federal spending data and increase accountability, performance, and efficiency through implementation of the DATA Act.

Council Award

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Donna Gross

Small Business Administration


Donna Gross

Streamlined and led the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of hundreds of staff in response to Hurricane Harvey. Donna helped oversee $544,832,947 in recommended loans to get small businesses and households started on the path to recovery.

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Dr. Delivette Castor

United States Agency for International Development


Dr. Delivette Castor

Translated biomedical research into improvements for HIV/AIDS prevention programs. As a result of Dr. Castor’s scientific and technical leadership, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program conducted more than 15 million voluntary preventative procedures and supported the introduction and scale-up of preventative medication in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Department of the Treasury

  • Todd Egaas
  • Michael Beebe
  • Mark Cottrell
  • Kirsten Witter
  • Edward Killen

Department of the Treasury

Saved $3 million from being sent to fraudulent actors who had stolen individuals' identity.

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Small Business Administration

  • Joseph Eitel
  • Robin Campbell
  • Zina Hardy
  • Takisha Harris
  • Sharika DePeazer

Small Business Administration

Onboarded 6,000 emergency hires to respond to the most active and costly hurricane season in US history. The flexibility, resourcefulness, and tireless dedication of this team allowed SBA to respond quickly to national disasters.

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Bamikole Ogundele
  • Eugene Chen
  • Gerardo Rios

Environmental Protection Agency

Modernized how the agency coordinates air permitting data between localities, states, and the public. Bamikole’s improved approach has realized more than $9 million in cost avoidance.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Joseph Eddy
  • Judith Pitt
  • Mia Dozier
  • Matthew McIntyre
  • Anneka Haddix

Department of Homeland Security

Developed and implemented a transition plan for law enforcement positions. This innovative plan fills open positions more quickly, which increases public safety and allows teams to compete for top talent.

Agency Award

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Small Business Administration

  • Kem Fleming
  • Raul Bernardini
  • Yvette Betancourt

Small Business Administration

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, empowered small businesses with information and resources in 94% of the municipalities across Puerto Rico. The hurricane knocked out 80% of Puerto Rico’s utility poles and left all 3.4 million residents without electricity, meaning personal outreach and coalition building was essential to reaching communities in need.

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Department of the Treasury

  • Adam Fett
  • Erika King
  • Robert Owens
  • Alex Senger

Department of the Treasury

Launched the Enhanced Budget Monitoring & Forecasting tool with faster, more accurate budget forecasting functionality. The tool provides real-time budget execution visibility and reduces reporting requirements on staff.

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Department of Energy

  • Mildred Lopez-Ferre
  • Jamie Standridge
  • Cindy Finn
  • Kimberly Walling
  • Dationa Mitchell

Department of Energy

Transferred the ownership of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to the local government. The team worked with the local government to ensure that this transfer was accomplished in 12 months. The successful transfer will save $500,000 annually.

Agency Award

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Federal Data Strategy Development Team


Federal Data Strategy Development Team

Improved government-wide data-driven policies through the development 10 year data strategy, principles, practices and priority projects in support of the PMA.

Council Award

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Frank Giaretto

Department of Commerce


Frank Giaretto

Led an operation that dismantled and brought to justice an international syndicate that illegally trafficked marine mammal ivory and black coral. Special Agent Giaretto’s work has had a deterrent effect on wildlife trafficking in the Hawaiian Islands and across the Pacific.

Agency Award

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Department of Labor

  • Scott Gibbons
  • Ryan Sutter
  • Sam Rowe

Department of Labor

Improved collaboration between the Chief Evaluation Office and department divisions through the development of a software platform that enables program staff to test analytical approaches with professional software at no cost.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Jill Garver
  • Sarah Bochenick
  • Lisa Yaider
  • Sarah Leipnik

Department of Health and Human Services

Reduced the rate of errors in Medicare transactions through the use of data-driven methods and enhanced collaboration processes. This effort saved taxpayers $4.59 billion.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Hiwot Gebremarian
  • Claudette Fernandez
  • Laurel Leverrier
  • Marie Wheat

Department of Agriculture

Created a resource handbook for rural citizens, businesses, and organizations to easily locate programs throughout USDA that support various types of rural broadband and e-connectivity technology projects. Their efforts support expanded connectivity which is critical to economic development, infrastructure improvements, education, and quality of life in rural America.

Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Michael Gao
  • Susan Hall

Department of Veterans Affairs

Drove modernization and digitization of more than 80 business processes across the VA, bringing services into the 21st century. Their technical savvy and focus on process improvement standardized and streamlined work across the agency to improve service to our veterans.

Agency Award

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Janet Golrick
  • Tony Hebert
  • Edward Ellis
  • Sheila Daniels
  • Efrain Maldonado

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Improved and streamlined customer service to maximize HUD’s impact on areas hardest hit by the 2018 hurricane season. The team’s work helped HUD assist over 12,000 hurricane survivors and rehouse more than 4000 families in FY18.

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ED, USDA, USAID, OPM

  • Jason Gray
  • Gary Washington
  • Mark Johnson
  • Antoinetta Grant
  • Elnora Wright

ED, USDA, USAID, OPM

Led a series of programs designed to fill critical IT and cybersecurity positions through a combination of innovative government-wide recruitment efforts and piloting reskilling initiatives.

Council Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deborah Gadsden
  • Kenneth Williams
  • Sherry Wilson
  • Richard Hansen

Department of Health and Human Services

Empowered staff to maximize their skills through a 90-day rotational program for Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services employees. This program has improved employee morale, maximized efficiency, promoted developmental opportunities, and transformed the culture of staff.

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Geoffrey Colley

Department of Labor


Geoffrey Colley

Improved the efficiency of hiring foreign nationals through the implementation of a new application system. The streamlined system enabled employers to easily navigate the certification process so they can hire for the critical skills they need to stay competitive.

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Gerard Badorrek

General Services Administration


Gerard Badorrek

Enhanced business processes and operations, achieved cost reduction goals, reduced enterprise audit findings and control weaknesses, and strengthened employee engagement within GSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). The OCFO team and business partners identified 200,000+ hours of work across GSA that could be eliminated, optimized or automated through robotics and redirected to higher-value work.

Council Award

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Giovanni Onwuchekwa

General Services Administration


Giovanni Onwuchekwa

Improved customer service and reduced response time through the implementation of an artificial intelligence-based call system. The system uses robotic process automation to provide federal agencies with a group of service and technology providers upon need.

Agency Award

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Gisele Holden

National Science Foundation


Gisele Holden

Led the implementation of robotic processing automation to allow employees to spend more time on achieving mission outcomes.

Council Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Jeffrey Heckman
  • Wayne Biggs
  • Jeffrey Bolt
  • Brian Stevenson

Department of Veterans Affairs

Improved the quality of life for veterans with limb loss. Jeffrey’s interdisciplinary team optimized both clinical care and process management to provide veterans with timelier and more personalized prosthetic care.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Celia Hooks
  • Emily Doxtator
  • Shani Langford
  • Sarah Nechamen
  • Stuart Bender

Department of Agriculture

Developed and deployed the first ever “ethics app” in the federal government. The app provides accessible, effective, and on-demand ethics training to all USDA employees. The USDA is driving further cost savings by making it available to all of government.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Lt. Lauren Hatfield
  • Katie Head
  • Lt. Neelam Gazarian

Department of Health and Human Services

Reduced maternal substance abuse and opioid withdrawal among Native American populations in North Dakota through the implementation of training programs at health clinics. Since the January 2018 implementation of these programs, the total number of opioids prescribed decreased by 61%.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Mark Hayes
  • Loan Nguyen
  • Durga Anakala
  • Russell Burns

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Led the effort to modernize HUD’s housing systems, enabled by the Technology Modernization Fund. These systems are central to how HUD manages billions of tax dollars to help ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Department of Labor

  • Syed Hafeez
  • Mary Nettles
  • Jwalant Arjyal
  • Ibrahim Chaudhry
  • David DesLauriers

Department of Labor

Increased mission success through the modernization of mine inspection processes for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Mine inspections now require less equipment and are more reliable.

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Department of the Treasury

  • Cathy Higgenbotham
  • Lenora Stiles
  • Steven Brand

Department of the Treasury

Reduced undue, redundant, and conflicting acquisition policies by approximately 55% during the “Acquisition Policy Diet” effort, thereby streamlining acquisitions and lowering risk.

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Helen Goza

Small Business Administration


Helen Goza

Reduced the time and cost of assessing small business’ eligibility for contracting opportunities worth billions of dollars. Helen transitioned a paper-based operation to a paperless one, which is being used as a model across SBA.

Agency Award

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Chief Acquisition Officers Council

Integrated Strike Program Team

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Chief Acquisition Officers Council,
Integrated Strike Program Team

Council Award

  • Jim Smith
  • Matthew Burniston
  • Caroline Hawkins
  • Rachel Owen
  • Todd Hadley
  • JeanPaul Chausse
  • Robert Steward
  • Jeff Yeagle
  • Jerry White
  • Dave Griner
  • Cara Wetherington
  • Chris Whitaker
  • Jerry Graybill
  • Destin Fleming
  • Brendon Reedy
  • Robert Matthews
  • Russell Sinclair
  • Debbie Morrow
  • Ronald Peak
  • Willi Hooks
  • Josh Trantham
  • Brad Kozenko
  • Zach Westerfield
  • Phillip Shatsar
  • Maj Ben Lowry
  • Jeff Moody
  • Sonia Cervantes
  • Holly O'Quinn
  • Lorna Tedder
  • Arnette Robinson
  • Jeffrey LaFleur

Sped the fielding of improved capabilities for AC-130J gunship, AC-130W aircraft, and Small Glide Munition, while saving $551M through implementation of a tailored and collaborative acquisition strategy.

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Department of Transportation

  • Robin Jallow
  • Daniel Del Balzo
  • Monica Peterson
  • Mark Creasap

Department of Transportation

Improved access to and quality of training for all DOT staff by transitioning the FAA’s electronic Learning Management System and DOT’s training data to a cloud environment. Eight different FAA offices collaborated on this work and set an example for Shared Services in the department.

Agency Award

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • David Jacobson
  • Joe Carioti
  • Diana Mendoza
  • Neil Handler
  • Margaret McCauley

Environmental Protection Agency

Modernized the stormwater permit system used by more than 25,000 construction sites and 2,000 industrial sites around the nation to better protect public health and the environment. The effort significantly improved customer service to permittees while also saving the agency over $60,000 a year.

Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Philip Johnson
  • Joseph Cristofaro
  • Adam Roth
  • Markita Phillips
  • Daniel Maloney

Department of Commerce

Enhanced national security by using strategic partnerships and advanced analytics to prevent the diversion of US goods and technology to weapons of mass destruction and sanctioned programs.

Agency Award

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HHS, NASA, NSF, ED

  • Yolanda Jones
  • Lakisa Carter
  • Alexander Wynnyk
  • Carolyn Beins
  • Christos Motsiopoulos
  • Chuck Laster
  • Richard Brundage

HHS, NASA, NSF, ED

Modernized and digitized grants management across government. The team’s efforts allow grant recipients to spend more time and effort on driving results in areas such as public health, science, infrastructure, and economic development.

Council Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deanna Jones
  • Jeff Jarrett
  • Sina De Leon Salazar
  • Robert Jones
  • Reba Williams

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved CDC cold storage management practice for freezers resulting in 40% energy savings. These efforts improved the energy efficiency and quality of CDC freezers.

Agency Award

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United States Agency for International Development

  • Jun Jin
  • Sarah Lavin

United States Agency for International Development

Enhanced USAID’s long-term engagement strategies with critical international partners, such as the United Nations, in order to improve and streamline foreign assistance and advance the Agency’s mission.

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Department of State

  • Dana Jea
  • Beau Miller
  • Sun Nam An
  • Sook Jung Choi
  • Min Hye Na

Department of State

The Seoul Public Diplomacy Team leveraged relationships with North Korean defector students to provide them with English-speaking and media skills to counter anti-US propaganda. They also reached out to top South Korean universities and high schools to highlight American education.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Marc Jastremski
  • Marilynn Wolff
  • Lauren Green
  • Kevin Dancy
  • Jackie Edmundson

Department of Health and Human Services

Enhanced mission support services through state-of-the art building renovations. This resulted in an efficient use of taxpayer dollars, increased productivity, and collaboration across CDC teams.

Agency Award

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Jean Rivera Reyes

Social Security Administration


Jean Rivera Reyes

Detected and referred potential Social Security residency fraud cases for investigation. Jean’s fraud referrals resulted in over $700,000 in taxpayer savings.

Agency Award

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Jeff Davis

Small Business Administration


Jeff Davis

Leads SBA’s efforts to make sure print and digital resources are available for our nation’s visually impaired population, including the Small Business Resource Guide that reaches more than 500,000 recipients.

Agency Award

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Jeffrey Brown

Department of Transportation


Jeffrey Brown

Successfully supported a FEMA response mission during Hurricane Harvey through several rapid response tactics. In addition, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Caribbean and his ship was diverted, Jeff ensured a smooth transition and handled complex logistics necessary to adapt to the new mission.

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Joe Salvatore

Department of Veterans Affairs


Joe Salvatore

Brings VA’s modernization and improvement efforts to life. Joe’s team led internal communications for the past three VA Secretaries and created Modernization Central to engage employees in the agency’s ongoing transformation to improve service to America’s veterans.

Agency Award

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John Cotter

Social Security Administration


John Cotter

Broke new ground in making government websites accessible to users with disabilities. John built an open source tool that makes it free and easy for agencies across government to improve their websites and save tax dollars.

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John Paul Scarpatti

Department of State


John Paul Scarpatti

Responsible for maintaining secure communications between Washington D.C. and U.S. Mission-Russia during a massive cutback of Mission staff mandated by the government of Russia, including the closure of Consulate General St. Petersburg.

Agency Award

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Joseph Amalfitano

Social Security Administration


Joseph Amalfitano

Led SSA’s adoption of open source code, which saves taxpayers millions of dollars, reduces duplication, and helps government services work more seamlessly for citizens.

Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Adam Kinder
  • Kim Adams
  • Tonya Grant
  • Alvah Sessions
  • Michael Rasmussen

Department of Veterans Affairs

Works to detect and prevent fraud committed against Veterans. This crack team finds out what went wrong, protects the Veteran and/or beneficiary from further fraud, and helps the individual become financially whole again by reissuing benefits.

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Department of Labor

  • Anne Klieve
  • Sherril Hurd
  • Thomas Comer
  • Ruth Thomasson
  • Adele Gagliardi

Department of Labor

Created a strategic communications plan for the implementation of new policy guidance for the Employment & Training Administration’s 85,000+ external customers. This plan helped streamline the implementation process and included a toolkit to help customers better understand and apply employment policies.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Mark Kirk
  • Lee Pietrangelo
  • Eric Chaney
  • Linda Holifield-Kennedy
  • Latousha Leslie

Department of Homeland Security

Provided a Fentanyl response plan to first responders from across the country. The team’s work helps protect the health and safety of citizens from the deadly opioid epidemic.

Agency Award

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Process Improvement Team

  • Bridget Keplinger
  • Idelisse Rodriguez
  • Maylin Jue
  • Arkesha Moses
  • Felipe Milan
  • Caterra Castile
  • Steve Richardson
  • Chad Hancher
  • Anne Klieve

Process Improvement Team

Improved the effectiveness of agency operations through the implementation of a Lean Six Sigma Continuous Process Improvement (CPI). This work resulted in successes such as decreasing the Freedom Of Information Act requests response times and reducing case processing times for the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.

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Department of Commerce

  • R. Joseph Kline
  • Daniel Sunday
  • Donald Windover

Department of Commerce

Developed and deployed a new dimensional metrology method to solve a critical challenge for the semiconductor industry. The new method, Critical Dimension Small Angle X-ray Scattering (CD-SAXS), has been actively adopted across the industry for next-generation device manufacturing.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Joel Kimmons
  • Liz York
  • Joanna Stettner
  • Joya McKinstry

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved public health through the creation of the Fitwel® Certification. Fitwel® promotes health and wellness in government, corporate, and residential buildings.

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Katherine Spivey

General Services Administration


Katherine Spivey

Improved communication with the American public by increasing awareness and usage of plain language throughout the federal government.

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Kelly Smith

Social Security Administration


Kelly Smith

Provided excellent customer service to the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians in Akwesasne, NY as the Social Security liaison. Kelly established dynamic, trusting relationships with tribal leaders to ensure payment accuracy, timeliness, and fraud prevention.

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Kenneth Vincent

Department of Energy


Kenneth Vincent

Protected the country from energy supply disruptions by leading a strategic review of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and worked with Congress and the Executive Branch to make improvements.

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Kerry Pelzman

United States Agency for International Development


Kerry Pelzman

Led the development of the Personnel Pilot System (PPS) at USAID’s Bureau of Global Health. PPS will improve USAID’s ability to hire the right international development talent to the right place, at the right time. Ultimately, PPS will help to advance the USAID’s transformation and modernization processes.

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Kimberly Rasar

Department of Energy


Kimberly Rasar

Modernized the Office of Fossil Energy’s management, IT, and workforce practices to align with industry best practices and implemented a strategic communications plan for the America First Energy Plan.

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Kirk Liang

Department of Commerce


Kirk Liang

Promoted innovation and increased competition in the specialized satellite communications industry through the transfer of NOAA technology to a small business. Mr. Liang managed the complex effort and stayed within budget and on schedule.

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Department of Agriculture

  • Cheryl Jackson-Lewis
  • Sonya Barnes
  • Kaushalya Heendeniya
  • Ann Hall
  • Debra Eisenbarth

Department of Agriculture

Developed a customer-centric “Food Buying Guide” and mobile app to streamline information and increase efficiency in the Child Nutrition Program. Now more than 280,000 program operators know exactly how much food they need to buy and the nutritional value to better serve more than 34 million children daily.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Clay Lagasse
  • Loretta Baxa
  • Chris Keeler
  • Marcinda Kester
  • JanLyn Hannah

Department of Agriculture

Re-envisioned the way USDA supports producers in the aftermath of disasters. Their improvements helped hurricane and wildfire victims in Puerto Rico, California, Texas, and Florida get assistance more quickly and efficiently and set the standard for future programs.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Natalie Levasseur
  • Daniel Dixon
  • Ryan Colman
  • Rex Hays
  • Tina White
  • MaryBeth LeFevre

Department of Homeland Security

Adjudicated and hired over 1,600 personnel in just two months for response teams aiding disaster victims from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Agency Award

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Defense Repository for Enterprise Wide Data (ADVANTA)

Department of Defense

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Defense Repository for Enterprise Wide Data (ADVANTA),
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Agency Award

  • Mr. Gregory Little, (OUSD(C)/CFO) (Lead)
  • Mr. Victor Buadu, (OUSD(C)/CFO)
  • Mr. Mitchell Fiedler, (OUSD(C)/CFO)
  • Ms. Brenna Klein, (OUSD(C)/CFO)
  • Mr. Scott Young, (OUSD(C)/CFO)
  • Mr. Ray Bombac, (OCMO)
  • Mr. Michael Conlin, (DOD CDO)
  • Ms. Jessica Chao, (OUSD(C)/CFO)
  • Ms. Cynthia Hufty, (OUSD(C)/CFO)
  • Mr. Nick Lanham, (OUSD(C)/CFO)
  • Ms. Robyn Nelson, (DFAS)
  • Mr. Gamal Salem, (OCMO)

Made it easier and faster for DOD to use data to achieve mission outcomes. The team standardized data across 60 systems and improved data security, governance, and compliance.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Darla Lipscomb
  • Joy Kraybill
  • Bonnie Norton
  • Jinean Riley
  • David Edwards

Department of Health and Human Services

Reduced the risk and cost of several large CMS contracts. This effort increased accountability, transparency, and efficiency in health insurance transactions and saves taxpayers $274 million.

Agency Award

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Richard Love
  • Johnny Mulkey
  • Emerson Floyd
  • Phillip Pruitt
  • Ted Parker

Department of Homeland Security

Developed an efficient and cost-effective method for removing dust and lead particles from outdoor firing ranges, saving taxpayers $2.4 million.

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Department of Transportation

  • Todd Luliak
  • Miguel Soares

Department of Transportation

Modernized how the Federal Aviation Administration trains the men and women that help keep our airways safe. Their aggressive combination of remote and traditional learning has improved mission readiness by training more students, while also saving taxpayer dollars.

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Department of Energy

  • Tim Langer
  • Latisha Saare
  • Michael Prowatzke
  • Andrea Severson

Department of Energy

Developed a system to discourage birds from roosting in a 500-kilovolt electrical substation, saving taxpayers $5.7 million from power disruptions caused by the birds. This system has enabled electricians to focus on maintaining the facility’s power generation, as opposed to cleaning up biowaste from the birds.

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Department of Commerce

  • John Lehman
  • Michelle Stephens
  • Nathan Tomlin
  • Igor Vayshenker
  • Christopher Yung

Department of Commerce

Established the first primary standard to measure optical fiber-based laser power by exploiting the team’s innovative coatings, which are the most light-absorbing, or blackest, material ever made. The team’s innovation will enhance telecommunications, sensing, defense, and the development of future quantum networks.

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Lara Eilhardt

Department of Veterans Affairs


Lara Eilhardt

Expanded access to legal services for veterans receiving healthcare. Lara’s team builds critical partnerships between VA facilities and pro-bono legal groups to address not only the medical and personal aspects of a veteran's care but also the social and environmental factors.

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Linda McCaw

Social Security Administration


Linda McCaw

Advocated for citizen engagement and upheld the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration by leading SSA’s efforts to make federal data available to the public. Linda’s efforts led to 1,900 metadata records available to the public on Data.gov.

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Lisa Lewis

Department of Health and Human Services


Lisa Lewis

Reduced operating costs by 25% and simplified the structure of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This was part of the successful implementation of provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to help address the opioid crisis.

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Lori. A Shorthouse

Department of Homeland Security


Lori. A Shorthouse

Streamlined processes and effectively implemented technologies to save time and money.

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Department of Energy

  • Matthew Moury
  • Geoffrey Beausoleil

Department of Energy

Improved safety culture through the implementation of safety standards within DOE facilities. These standards have been applied in other federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • John Sollosi
  • Matthew Walter
  • Douglas Scheffler
  • Stephen Jones
  • Courtney Mallon

Department of Homeland Security

Created a system that allows commercial vessels to use electronic charting and real-time positioning technology to deliver updates to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular. The system saves the maritime industry millions of dollars and cuts down work hours.

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Barry Miller
  • Harvey Fries
  • Lorraine Kimball
  • Alisha Claycamp
  • Nicole Roblez

Environmental Protection Agency

Set the EPA's gold standard for operating an efficient lab that maximizes taxpayer resources and maintains quality testing to protect human and environmental health. Their streamlining efforts led to a 100% on-time delivery of test results and saved hundreds of thousands of tax dollars.

Agency Award

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Shannon McCormick
  • Anthony Harvin
  • Keisha Benford
  • John Callahan
  • Massimiliano Allegretta

Department of Homeland Security

Developed a strategy to maintain national security at the southwest border. This multi-disciplinary team was convened quickly and was able to work swiftly on this highly visible and complex project.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Jose Arrieta – Executive Sponsor
  • Ali Pourghassemi
  • Oki Mek
  • Maria Jimenez
  • Michael McFarland
  • Clarence Randall

Department of Health and Human Services

Applied cutting-edge technologies to help HHS more easily get what they need to meet their mission. The team used blockchain, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to create a better acquisition process for HHS programs, contractors, and industry partners.

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Stefan Martiyan
  • Jennifer Macht

Environmental Protection Agency

Overhauled the agency’s acquisition process to increase speed and quality of incrementally-funded contracts. Their work completely eliminated the backlog of past-due requests and saved EPA and private sector partners time, effort, and resources that can be rededicated to the mission.

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Department of the Treasury

  • Renata Maziarz
  • Justin Marsico
  • Mica Meintel-Wade
  • Linnea Powell

Department of the Treasury

Launched datalab.usaspending.gov to provide American taxpayers with more transparency into $4 trillion of annual Federal spending. The team used open source code to give stakeholders access to federal data assets that show how the government is delivering results and value.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • Jan Mazza
  • Nicholas McMurray
  • Jeffrey Schmidt
  • Andrew Yeshnik

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Updated criteria for nuclear reactors, ensuring clarity of standards and a more timely process of licensing new products that meet the new criteria.

Agency Award

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Brian Marshall
  • Ricardo Osborne
  • Andre Shelton
  • Todd Moellenkamp
  • Calvin Johnson

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Created a tool to improve strategic Human Capital planning to build the workforce of the future and put key workforce information and analytics at the fingertips of decision makers. The team’s tool streamlines processes and eliminates manual and redundant work, saving tax dollars and valuable employee time.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Shawn McDonald
  • Chris Pietrzak
  • John Mennell
  • Michael Aponte
  • Joe Garcia

Department of Homeland Security

Developed and deployed a custom app that uses GPS to give a real-time view of an area where a security operation is taking place. The app allows responders to see the location of their teammates and potential threats, enhancing security and situational awareness for operations.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deborah Miller
  • Satira Ryans
  • Angela Ament
  • Shawn Baylor
  • Tilie Todd

Department of Health and Human Services

Recovered $2.3 million worth of unclaimed Medicare Trust Funds from States and U.S through a partnership between Medicare, Treasury, and State Governments and Territories.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deondra Mosely
  • Jodi Robinson
  • Chris Waller
  • Lindsey Harman
  • Michael Parisi

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized data collection processes for state health insurance exchanges. This improved the use and management of the $10 billion in federal tax dollars used for enrollment transactions.

Agency Award

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Cheryl Mason
  • David Spickler
  • Kimberly Osbourne

Department of Veterans Affairs

Modernized the technology and processes used for adjudicating Veterans appeals so that more veterans get answers more quickly. The appeals board issued 85,280 decisions in FY 2018, 62% more decisions than FY 2017 and the most in their history.

Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Christian Meinig
  • Scott Stalin
  • Dirk Tagawa
  • Nicholas Delich

Department of Commerce

Created the newest system for detecting a tsunami, allowing more time to alert potentially impacting citizens.

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General Services Administration

  • Marina Fox
  • Lee Ellis
  • Julius Bradshaw (contract officer representative)
  • Cameron Dixon (DHS)

General Services Administration

The DotGov team manages the .gov top-level domain. Their work is critical to make sure bona-fide U.S. government organizations can provide trusted, digital information and services to the American public.

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Matthew Royston

Department of Transportation


Matthew Royston

Streamlined training for Air Traffic Controllers through the development of mobile applications and games to replace outdated learning techniques. Mr. Royston’s innovative and engaging training methods have improved access to information and established training consistency.

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Mildred Lopez-Ferre

Department of Energy


Mildred Lopez-Ferre

Saved $500,000 in annual operating expenses by transferring ownership of the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in Tennessee to the local government. Built in 1949, the AMSE memorializes the city’s role in developing the Manhattan Project.

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G. Nagesh Rao

Small Business Administration


G. Nagesh Rao

Revolutionized SBA’s approach to supporting entrepreneurs in innovation, startup, and technology fields. Nagesh’s cutting-edge approaches have helped small businesses more easily access $2.5 billion/year in R&D funding and helped SBA fund 187 startup accelerator programs, serving more than 5,000 new small businesses.

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General Services Administration

Office of Evidence and Analysis (OEA)

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General Services Administration,
Office of Evidence and Analysis (OEA)

Agency Award

  • Todd Coleman
  • Stephanie Anderson
  • Scott Christ
  • Aaron Eisenbarth
  • Scott McAllister
  • Donnita Mennealy
  • Sophia Minassian
  • Austin Peel
  • Jonathan Perez
  • Yu Zhang

The team built a relational repository of government-wide management data containing 659 Million rows of data accounting for more than 829 GB of memory, are using it to help inform decisions that make government work better and cost less.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Loretta O’Mara
  • Camille Haywood
  • Ada Sanchez
  • Leah Bertazon
  • Lila Ogiba

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized the Medicare claims processing system. This team’s innovation will lead to $7.5 million in savings over the next five years.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Astrid Perez
  • Sarah Bursey
  • Joshua Will

Department of Veterans Affairs

Modernized the VA’s approach to processing claims to maximize resources, improve processing timeliness, and better serve Veterans and their families.

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Social Security Administration

  • Christopher Paris
  • Kimberly Fenters
  • Sara Ham
  • Shane O'Brien
  • Raymond Parker

Social Security Administration

Spearheaded a new approach to cyber-security training for SSA employees. The new approach significantly increased employees’ ability to detect and report suspicious emails to protect taxpayers' sensitive information.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • James Piouffe
  • Sarah Fahden
  • Eric Jeanmaire
  • Fred Rednor
  • Scott Purnell-Saunders

Department of Homeland Security

Developed the Remote Retrievable Disposable Desktop tool that provides access to immigration information, while protecting DHS systems and the legal rights of individuals under investigation and adjudication of certain immigration benefits.

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Social Security Administration

  • Janell Pegues
  • Bla Fang
  • Desirae Morton
  • Olivia Mondragon

Social Security Administration

Provided professional, compassionate service to over 160 daily customers, many of whom face mental health challenges and chronic homelessness. The team innovated to increase operational efficiency while maintaining personalized attention for customers.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Luis Padilla
  • Melissa Ryan
  • Elisa Gladstone
  • Janelle Anderson
  • Michael Arsenault

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized business processes to locate and support areas with healthcare shortages. This work has improved support in high need areas and reduced costs for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Adam Pintar
  • Emil Simiu
  • Marc Levitan

Department of Commerce

Developed new maps of wind speeds for the U.S. Their work greatly improved the science-basis of the national standard for the design of buildings and other structures for wind loads, enabling safe and more economical designs for buildings and infrastructure.

Agency Award

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Department of Energy

  • Raeford Phifer Jr.
  • Pamela Valdez
  • Nancy Duzor
  • Jeanette Yarrington
  • Anthony George

Department of Energy

Modernized workforce strategies for the National Nuclear Security Administration enabling the agency to improve recruitment and adapt to rapidly-changing mission needs.

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Pamela Isom

Department of Energy


Pamela Isom

Increased transparency and accountability through the use of geospatial data through a collaborative, interagency approach, which led to the creation of the Geospatial Science Program Management Office.

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Department of Commerce

  • Chris Rasmussen
  • Anne Flatness

Department of Commerce

Analyzed U.S.-Produced Value in U.S. Imports from NAFTA. Their dedication, expertise, and skill in data collection and manipulation provided the analytical basis for the U.S. position in the NAFTA Rules-of-Origin negotiations.

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Small Business Administration

  • Nathaniel Reboja
  • Emily Knickerbocker
  • Blake Hoing
  • Michael Scott Holland
  • Sunil Varghese

Small Business Administration

Led SBA's implementation of the DATA Act, which provides transparency to the public, helps identify risk, improves services, and facilitates data-driven decisions to improve how SBA serves small businesses.

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Small Business Administration

  • Tami Ralstin
  • Doug Stevens
  • Gary Clifton
  • James Rivera
  • Roger Garland

Small Business Administration

In response to the worst hurricane season on record, the team re-envisioned the loan decision process to allow SBA to break every agency record related to timeliness, productivity, and loans issued. SBA provided $5,578,644, 700 in assistance in five months.

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Department of Transportation

  • Christopher Robinett
  • Jennifer Seymour
  • Gary Miller
  • Raymond Griffin

Department of Transportation

Overhauled and restored surveillance systems along U.S. borders. This team’s work increased the operability and availability of day-time cameras from 57% to 93% and infrared cameras from 5% to 86%, improving Border Patrol Agents’ capacity to monitor border security.

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Rebecca Mauldin

Department of Transportation


Rebecca Mauldin

Revolutionized FAA Technician training by leading several projects focused on improving instructor and classroom resources, creating critical needs training, and developing a training requirements documentation system. Ms. Mauldin’s leadership efforts have increased the efficiency of training and reduced costs associated with conducting training.

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Robert Potter

General Services Administration


Robert Potter

Building Manager Robert Potter worked with the Dept. of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency to make changes that have enhanced workplace safety and health at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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Department of the Treasury

Foreign Payments Practice Team

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Department of the Treasury,
Foreign Payments Practice Team

Agency Award

  • Trevon Singh
  • Allen Todd
  • Awo Mansah Archamgong-Gray
  • Alexander Ferrer
  • Mei Qian Cen
  • Karen Johnson
  • Nicholas Marino
  • Matthew Novak
  • Cathryn Charlene Phelps
  • Zaida Imar Roman Gonzalez
  • Robert Simmons
  • Tisun Wing
  • Cherrie Mayberry-Jones

Ensured that all valid, registered Financial Intermediaries met their Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Reporting obligations and updated FATCA registration system to provide new functions, capabilities, and process improvements. The team’s work allows for more cost effective analysis of data.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Brian Scott
  • Michael Duffy
  • Traci Knight
  • Gabriel Slater
  • Michael Halas
  • Gabriel Taran

Department of Homeland Security

Improved the cybersecurity of federal computer systems through the removal of Kaspersky Lab security products. Kaspersky Lab products were identified to have ties to the Russian government.

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Social Security Administration

  • Deborah Stover-Springer
  • Kristen Fredricks
  • Quison Alston
  • Jackie White
  • Lisa Blum

Social Security Administration

Created a new training program to better equip SSA employees to prevent and prosecute Social Security fraud in the digital age. This specialized training on emerging legal issues and technology protects public resources and promotes public confidence in the SSA.

Agency Award

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Matthew Schneider
  • Michael Gorman
  • Matthew Queior
  • Michael Hysong
  • Rodney Perkins

Department of Homeland Security

Improved the efficiency of national security processes through the consolidation of electronic entry and exit status information into a single repository for the Arrival and Departure Information System.

Agency Award

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Department of the Treasury

  • Janet Scalese
  • Gracie Joy

Department of the Treasury

Enhanced the approval process for alcohol bottle labeling to ensure timely and accurate information for consumers and an efficient process for suppliers.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Heather Self
  • Elisa Jones
  • Steven Brammer
  • Tami Trost
  • Dan Kline

Department of Agriculture

Led a department-wide effort to streamline, simplify, and clarify USDA policies and improve labor relation activities. These changes have inspired senior leadership and employee confidence and strengthened the Department’s accountability to Congress and the American people.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Patrick Starke
  • Todd Klessman
  • Kirby Wedekind

Department of Homeland Security

Improved the security of soft targets, such as sporting venues, shopping malls, and public transit stations, through exceptional leadership, teamwork, and the development of the DHS’ Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Richard Seal
  • Brian Pendleton
  • Mark Fischer
  • Andrew Bennett
  • Tachelle Craddock

Department of Homeland Security

Eliminated a 12-year backlog of terrorism-related information in digital media, which resulted in the identification of over 1,000 individuals on terrorist watchlists.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • THIYAGARAJAN SUBRAMANIUM
  • Manoj Panda
  • Solomon Tadele
  • Yuelian Shen

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized the National Food Safety Data Exchange platform to improve the detection and surveillance of America’s food supply. This effort saves American taxpayers $750,000 annually.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Carlos Suarez
  • Carlos Rodriguez
  • Wanda Perez
  • Josue Rivera

Department of Agriculture

Supported agricultural and critical infrastructure recovery in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The team often worked seven days a week, in physically demanding environments, and found innovative ways to re-open 20 USDA offices and rapidly deliver USDA programs across Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Agency Award

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Department of Agriculture

  • Mark Slupek
  • David Tuckwiller
  • Shawn Arita
  • Diane Kriviski
  • Ralph Linden
  • Brad Karmen

Department of Agriculture

Designed a new program to address the negative impacts of recent international trade issues impacting U.S. agriculture on a break-neck timeline. This effort provides essential help to producers in the short-term and will help expand and develop new markets at home and abroad in the long-term.

Agency Award

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Tye McGrath
  • Cecelia Barela
  • Blair Edwards
  • Karen Burke
  • Sean West

Department of Homeland Security

Created a new system for scanning carry-on luggage which has improved the TSA’s ability to detect prohibited materials without additional personnel or equipment.

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Scott Jackson

Department of Commerce


Scott Jackson

Ensured communications and interoperability between disparate first responders during the 2017 hurricane season. Scott’s efforts during his deployments to Texas and Puerto Rico optimized the partnerships between federal and Texas and Puerto Rico Public Safety entities to serve Americans affected by the hurricanes.

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Shachak Pe’eri

Department of Commerce


Shachak Pe’eri

Transformed education and training opportunities for cartographers in the Marine Chart Division through the creation of an internationally-recognized geographic information systems (GIS) training curriculum. Mr. Pe’eri’s work has helped to establish NOAA as a leader in the GIS community.

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Sheila Blount

General Services Administration


Sheila Blount

Improved emergency response efforts during Hurricane Harvey through robust collaboration among federal agencies.

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General Services Administration

  • Jennifer Chang
  • Jeisel Sandoval
  • Rogelio Rivas
  • Jason Rios

General Services Administration

Increased the speed and efficiency of federal procurement processes through the development of a tool that reduces errors and redundancies in contract processing.

Agency Award

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Steve Binkley

Department of Energy


Steve Binkley

Improved Department of Energy security processes through the implementation of new security policies that resolved vulnerabilities and secured sensitive information within laboratories.

Agency Award

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Steve Clark

Department of Energy


Steve Clark

Decreased administrative costs of managing DOE facilities by 50%, which will save taxpayers $900,000 per year. Steve’s work to redesign the DoE’s decades-old facilities review audit program has made the process more efficient and effective.

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Department of Commerce

  • Vera Trainer
  • Nicolaus Adams
  • Brian Bill
  • Brendan Sylvander

Department of Commerce

Created a program to monitor the existence and health of shellfish along the northwest which prevents recalls for shellfish.

Agency Award

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Department of Commerce

  • Michael Thieme
  • Jaya Damineni
  • Danielle Ringstrom
  • Van Hoad

Department of Commerce

Execute statistical models that use data from a variety of data sources and make survey and census data collection efficient and effective. The team’s work will allow workload improvements for hundreds of thousands of 2020 Census field personnel with significant cost savings.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Christopher Thompson
  • Sophia Hinojosa
  • Ashley Setala
  • Adrienne Delozier
  • Maritza Bodon

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved efficiency and effectiveness of CMS Medicaid operations at the national and state level. This effort reduced the administrative burden of processing Medicaid transactions leading to better service for individuals and families who rely on Medicaid services.

Agency Award

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Rob Thomas
  • Anna Knoebel
  • Danielle Kleinmaier
  • Sylvia Griffin
  • Michelle Kerr

Environmental Protection Agency

Modernized and digitized the management of lab data. The team reduced paper usage in the labs by 45%, reduced operating costs, and made data more publicly accessible and useful.

Agency Award

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Commander Jennifer Turner
  • Lt. Nathan Kyle
  • Dr. Cassie Rumsey
  • Dr. James Baker
  • Lisa Woodworth

Department of Health and Human Services

Expanded physical therapy services with limited resources. These efforts improved health outcomes and reduced the frequency of opioid medication prescriptions by 8%.

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Ted Kaouk

Department of Agriculture


Ted Kaouk

Created the first Cabinet-level suite of comprehensive administrative dashboards for seven administrative functions. Ted’s work has helped USDA become more lean and accountable by maximizing employee performance and reducing operating costs.

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Thomas Haner

Social Security Administration


Thomas Haner

Identified, assessed, and investigated hundreds of cases of potential fraud and misuse of benefits. Thomas’ commitment to the stewardship of taxpayer money and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse resulted in the recovery of more than $667,000.

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Thomas Perkins

Department of Commerce


Thomas Perkins

Created the world’s best atomic force microscope tailored to biological measurements. Dr. Perkins’ technologies and results are improving drug design and advancing biomedical research on cancer and brain diseases.

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Thomas Santucci

Department of Justice


Thomas Santucci

Led the Department of Justice’s Data Center Transformation Initiative, which optimized the data center’s infrastructure and improved cloud adoption resulting in $130 million in cost savings and a projected annual cost avoidance of $30 million.

Council Award

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Thomas Smith

Department of the Treasury


Thomas Smith

Spearheaded creation of Certified Professional Employer Organization process at IRS for third-party payers; certification provides assurance to employers that third party payment entities would pay employment taxes and not expose job creators, inadvertently or otherwise, to tax liability.

Agency Award

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Truc-Chi Huynh Tran

Department of the Treasury


Truc-Chi Huynh Tran

Led the development of a new, highly-innovative security feature for future banknotes. This has enabled the United States Currency Program to scale back other projects, saving $2 million to date.

Agency Award

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General Services Administration

The GSA FEDSIM VEMOS Integrated Project Team

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General Services Administration,
The GSA FEDSIM VEMOS Integrated Project Team

Agency Award

  • Carolyn Harvey
  • Imani Higginson
  • Wesley Dewalt
  • Jake Almuete
  • Michael Marquez
  • Sterling Whitehead
  • Michael Donaldson
  • Alton Kennedy
  • Andres Almazan
  • Michaella Easley
  • Kelli Seabrook

Increased safety for military personnel from explosive devices through the award of a $847M task order that protects and maintains Mine Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicles.

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Department of the Treasury

Field Assistance Scheduling Team

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Department of the Treasury,
Field Assistance Scheduling Team

Agency Award

  • Donny Vester
  • Sandra Edmondson
  • Garret Madsen
  • Brooke Pruitt
  • Cheryl Hemphill
  • Charles Swayzer
  • Troy Staccardo
  • Rochelle Thurman

Deployed the Field Assistance Scheduling Team (FAST) tool to help taxpayer assistance centers save almost 70,000 phone assister hours for use elsewhere by more efficiently handling taxpayer issues during peak demand periods.

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Barbara Viney
  • Christina Hines
  • Michael Gilham

Environmental Protection Agency

Supported federal employee well-being and mental health by consolidating 19 separate contracts in the Employee Assistance Program into one vehicle. Barbara’s efforts produced $180,000 in savings per year.

Agency Award

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Kevin Wolinski
  • Adam Altman
  • Michael Silata
  • Christopher Simonsen
  • Matthew Gray

Department of Homeland Security

Created a new approach system to recertify Transportation Security Officers, aiding the safety of airline, bus, and train passengers through cargo and baggage inspections.

Agency Award

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Department of Energy

  • Teresa Waugh
  • Justin Borsheim
  • Tony Camp
  • Amber Rodriguez

Department of Energy

Improved organizational transparency and increased citizen awareness of the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) mission through the modernization of WAPA’s website. WAPA provides power to 50+ million customers including cities and towns, who can now access services and operational and financial information more easily.

Agency Award

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Treasury Performance Improvement Team

  • Erik Wagus
  • Danny Brandt
  • Lenora Stiles

Treasury Performance Improvement Team

Improved employee engagement and enabled staff to focus on high-value work through the implementation of Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodologies.

Council Award

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Small Business Administration

  • Yvonne Walters
  • Amber Chaudhry

Small Business Administration

Shortened the process to issue surveys to small businesses by more than 100 days. Yvonne’s work will provide real-time data to improve service to small businesses and enhance SBA’s efforts to strengthen America’s economy.

Agency Award

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William Buckhold

United States Agency for International Development


William Buckhold

Led USAID’s legal efforts to safeguard billions of taxpayer dollars from litigation, clearing the way for the Agency to advance its goals and priorities around the world. In one year, Bill successfully defended one $9 billion contract, resolved a $24 million dispute, and recovered $13 million from waste, fraud, and abuse.

Agency Award

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Ximena Degroux

Small Business Administration


Ximena Degroux

Helped communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey access high quality customer service from SBA. Ximena led a staff of 380 spread across 123 locations in response to one of the worst disasters in state history.

Agency Award

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Yvette Collazo

Small Business Administration


Yvette Collazo

Overcame widespread communication outages in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to deliver disaster assistance to small businesses. Among many efforts, Yvette launched an initiative that reached 94% of municipalities and 4500+ individuals with vital information and services. Her initiative has been adopted for future disaster efforts.

Agency Award

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Carl Pocratsky

Department of Energy


Carl Pocratsky

Improved government security systems through the development of a risk assessment tool. The tool has been used to protect the national electric critical infrastructure and has saved the taxpayer millions of dollars.

Agency Award

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General Services Administration

The Region 9 Consolidation Project Team

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General Services Administration,
The Region 9 Consolidation Project Team

Agency Award

  • Moonyeen Alameida
  • Yvonne Davis
  • Stacey Fong
  • Nikolaos Mitsiopoulos
  • John-Michael Phelps
  • Kim Cash
  • Inger Whitfield
  • Michael Bernatz
  • Joseph Dunkle
  • Gregory McSweeney
  • Jason Guerrero
  • Tina Grover
  • Anthony Lieu
  • Paul Andrade
  • Gary Rose
  • Bobby Townsend
  • Jared Bradley
  • Dennis Brasfield
  • Tri Duong
  • Michael Hembree
  • Vandricia Cepeda
  • Jason Reising
  • Leah Holland
  • Montserrat Agleham
  • Sean Lee
  • Russell Larson

In an effort to save taxpayer dollars, reduce the federal footprint and decrease the number of high-cost leases, the R9 Consolidation team from across PBS undertook several consolidation projects in Oakland, CA, resulting in substantial savings, cost-avoidance, and superior space utilization.

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General Services Administration

Fuels Systems Maintenance Team

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General Services Administration,
Fuels Systems Maintenance Team

Agency Award

  • Tim Benoit
  • Jack Peterson
  • Janet Schweer
  • Joe Myers
  • Laura Rock
  • Denise Elsbernd
  • Gary Jenkins
  • Kim Kittrell
  • Eddie Mills

Helped transform the approach to maintaining the critical military fueling stations across the globe that provide critical support to ships, tanks and aircrafts. They worked with the Army Corp of Engineers to improve the acquisition strategy for maintenance services with increased speed and flexibility of service to the military while saving tax dollars.

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Jeremy Emmert

Department of Agriculture


Jeremy Emmert

Developed and led an employee engagement and feedback program across the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Jeremy’s program identified thousands of feedback points and immediate actions to improve training, efficiency, retention, and communication with front-line employees.

Agency Award

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John Bragaw

Department of Homeland Security


John Bragaw

Implemented innovative recruitment and training programs that saved time and money and enhanced fleet readiness. John’s leadership at the Coast Guard Yard allowed for the facility’s largest expansion since 1945.

Agency Award

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Dr. Lisa McAdams

Department of Health and Human Services


Dr. Lisa McAdams

Provided model leadership during the devastating 2017 hurricane season. Her focus on strategy and detail to align federal agencies, local governments, communities, contractors, and healthcare providers resulted in a synchronized level of effort rarely seen in the chaos following national disasters. Her leadership provided access to thousands of life saving interventions for acute and emergency care.

Agency Award

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Mary J. Epstein

Department of Homeland Security


Mary J. Epstein

Oversaw the counterfeit currency process in the Washington field office, removing a backlog of more than 60,000 pieces of counterfeit currency.

Agency Award

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General Services Administration

  • Raymond McCollum
  • Peggy Martin

General Services Administration

Led the acquisition strategy for the NewPay initiative, which will modernize how the Federal Government pays 2.1 million employees and increase efficiency and security.

Agency Award

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General Services Administration

The Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) Map

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General Services Administration,
The Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) Map

Agency Award

  • Aluanda Drain
  • Chris Coneeney
  • Stephanie Klodzen
  • Anne Nussear
  • Michael Radney
  • April Ratliff
  • Horatio McDowney
  • Michael Hartung
  • Gabby Odom
  • Tonya Banks
  • Cindy Smith
  • Hyon Kim

Created a geographic information system enabled map of federal government’s real property inventory. This interactive map enables users to customize searches with data attributes such as distance, property type, sustainability, and significantly increases transparency.

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Dr. Samuel Cushman

Department of Agriculture


Dr. Samuel Cushman

Trained 150+ Forest Service silviculturists, 300+ managers, graduate students, professors, and researchers in the latest landscape ecology methods for natural resources management. Dr. Cushman has spent his career working across sectors and agencies to strengthen stewardship of public/private lands.

Agency Award

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Tina Cheatham

Department of Health and Human Services


Tina Cheatham

Improved efficiency and morale of Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations staff. Under Ms. Cheatham’s leadership, ORO can better accomplish its of mission of improving health access to underserved communities across the United States.

Agency Award

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Todd Porinsky

Department of Homeland Security


Todd Porinsky

Coordinated and executed the indictment of multiple individuals from organized crime groups in the Ohio area on charges of conspiracy, device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Agency Award

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Tracy Levstik

Department of Commerce


Tracy Levstik

Strengthened NOAA's flagship leadership development program, and has seen a 37% increase in the number of participants being promoted to the SES or GS-15 levels.

Agency Award

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William Vogel

Department of Homeland Security


William Vogel

Led thousands of personnel in Federal Response and Recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Agency Award