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The Director General is pleased to announce that Mr. Fletcher Schoen and Ms. Jennifer Harkins of the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs have been named as finalists for the 2023 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. The Service to America Medals program honors the achievements of federal employees making significant contributions to the U.S. government.

Mr. Schoen and Ms. Harkins are being honored for their efforts in the release of 11 wrongfully detained Americans held in Russia and Venezuela, contributing to creative diplomatic strategies and delicate negotiations while showing compassion to the families and keeping them informed.

The Partnership for Public Service will recognize the seven recipients of 2023 Service to America Medals, including the Federal Employee of the Year, this fall. Please visit the Service to America Medals website for more information.

The Service to America Medals program was established in 2002 by the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

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