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Senior Executives Association fetes Rank Award winners

Apr. 26, 2013 - 05:33PM   |  
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A cleanup crew works at a Port Fourchon, La., beach after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal website with thousands of data sets on the cleanup received millions of visitors on its first day. That achievement was among those honoroed by Distinguished Rank Awards.
A cleanup crew works at a Port Fourchon, La., beach after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal website with thousands of data sets on the cleanup received millions of visitors on its first day. That achievement was among those honoroed by Distinguished Rank Awards. (Getty Images)

The Senior Executives Association on Thursday honored 46 executive and professional recipients of Distinguished Rank Awards who collectively have saved the government more than $94 billion.

According to SEA President Carol Bonosaro, those achievements include:

• Establishing Medicare fraud “Strike Force” operations, with almost 1,200 defendants charged for falsely billing Medicare for more than $3.6 billion.

• Leading U.S. efforts in Japan for 11 months after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, securing vital equipment and assisting in the development of criteria for the restart of nuclear plants.

• Developing in less than one year a small, backpackable air vehicle to locate, track and precisely engage high-value targets, essentially a guided bullet operated by a single soldier in the field.

• Developing the after-hours Tele-Nurse Triage Program, which in 2011 served 1.4 million veterans with clinical telephone care services in seven networks of hospitals in multiple time zones.

• Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, leading a team of government and private-sector members in developing and implementing a plan to retrofit more than 6,000 commercial airplanes with hardened cockpit doors.

• Developing a website to provide near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The site, which provided map-based data with more than 600 layers and 22,000 data sets, received 3.5 million visitors on the first day.

• Launching a program to install equipment at major seaports to detect the presence of radioactive material that could be used to make a nuclear weapon or “dirty bomb,” a program now operational in more than 30 international seaports and under construction in 25 more.

• Achieving the concurrent design and production of a battlefield lifesaving medical capability — the Mobile Trauma Bay — in 80 days.

• Directing protective activities for the sensitive and hazardous overseas operations associated with the covert trips of three presidents to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

• Advancing China trade policy issues for U.S. industry, securing key “deliverables” in pharmaceuticals, strengthening anti-counterfeit drug efforts and stemming losses of billions of dollars.

• Leading drafting and implementation of the three-hour tarmac delay rule, and rules that require airlines to disclose hidden fees, increase compensation to passengers involuntarily bumped from flights and include taxes and mandatory fees in advertised airfares, the most comprehensive consumer protections in the history of the industry.

• Providing real-time technical support to the Chilean minister of health for the design of the escape module used to rescue 33 trapped Chilean miners in 2010, including producing a detailed set of design requirements for the module in only four days.

The awards, officially known as the Presidential Ranks of Distinguished Executive and Distinguished Professional, are based on nominations by agency heads, with winners selected by an independent board or the White House. The evaluation criteria focus on leadership and results, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Recipients receive a lump-sum payment equal to 35 percent of their base pay.

In addition to the Distinguished Rank Award winners, 84 executives and professionals were named Meritorious Rank Award winners. They receive a lump-sum payment of 20 percent of base pay.

A year ago, more awards were given — 54 distinguished and 137 meritorious awards.

Distinguished Rank Award winners

AGRICULTURE: Mary M. Kretsch, William J. Murphy and A. Kevin Shea.

COMMERCE: William J. Fleming, Joseph F. Klimavicz, Alexander E. MacDonald and Mchelle L. O’Neill.

DEFENSE:

Air Force: Alok Das, Jacqueline R. Henningsen and Joe Sciabica.

Army: Ronald Chronister, Gary P. Martin, Donald C. Tison and Conrad F. Whyne.

Navy: Michael T. Madden and Allison F. Stiller.

Office of the Secretary: John H. James Jr., Susan Raps, John P. Roth and Matthew J. Schaffer.

EDUCATION: Thomas P. Skelly.

ENERGY: David G. Huizenga.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: James D. Giattina and Rick Linthurst.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION: Julius P. Knapp.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Naomi C. Goldstein, Rebecca H. Spitzgo and Richard J. Turman.

HHS OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL: Larry J. Goldberg.

HOMELAND SECURITY: Mickey Nelson.

INTERIOR: Pamela K. Haze.

JUSTICE: Steven H. Rosenbaum and Gilbert S. Rothenberg.

NASA: Isaiah M. Blankson, Robin N. Henderson, Ralph R. Roe Jr.and Lelia B. Vann.

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION: Charles A. Casto.

STATE: Mary E. McLeod.

TRANSPORTATION: Margaret Gilligan, Michael Lowder and Samuel Podberesky.

TREASURY: Elizabeth Tucker.

VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jack G. Hetrick, Michael E. Moreland and John H. Thompson.

Meritorious Rank Award winners — executives

COMMERCE: Roger Kilmer.

COURT SERVICES AND OFFENDER SUPERVISION AGENCY FOR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Adrienne R. Poteat.

DEFENSE:

Air Force: Randy E. Brown, Harry C. Disbrow, Kerry E. Kelley, Fred P. Lewis and Conrad M. Von Wald.

Army: Stephanie A. Barna and Diane M. Devens.

Navy: Robert D. Hogue and Jerome F. Punderson.

Office of the Secretary: Leigh A. Bradley, William E. Brazis, Patrick J. Dulin and Gregory L. Schulte.

EDUCATION: Sandra G. Battle.

ENERGY: Patrick B. Davis and William A. Eckroade.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: David A. Bloom, Michael A. Bussell, Mary Kay Lynch and Renee Page.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Mary K. Engle.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Glenda F. Barfell, David E. Benor, Malcolm J. Bertoni, John T. Burklow, Diann Dawson, Hazel D. Dean, Edward L. Hunter and James W. Weber.

HOMELAND SECURITY: Donna Bucella, Franklin C. Jones, Brad J. Kieserman and Dale A. Pupillo.

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL: Randy W. McGinnis.

INTERIOR: Gary Frazer.

JUSTICE: Malcolm L. Stewart.

NASA: Gary L. Cox, Sheryl J. Goddard, Thomas B. Irvine, Anne L. Kinney, Howard J. Lewis, Joel R. Montalbano, Janet E. Petro, Rickey J. Shyne, Teresa B. Vanhooser and Marcus A. Watkins.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: Margaret A. Cavanaugh and Joann P. Roskoski.

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: David L. Mayer.

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT: Joy S. Fairtile.

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: Stephanie J. Hall.

STATE: David A. Balton, Catherine W. Brown, Joshua L. Dorosin, Kevin P. O’Keefe, Jonathan B. Schwartz, Elizabeth M. Teel and William E. Todd.

STATE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL: Evelyn Renee Klemstine.

TRANSPORTATION: Mamie K. Mallory, Patricia A. McNall, Joel M. Szabat and Matthew Welbes.

TREASURY: Sara M. Coe, Kristine S. Conrath, Kimberly A. McCoy, Mark P. Poncy and Mary G. Ryan.

TREASURY OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL: Paul Brian Crane.

VETERANS AFFAIRS: Walter A. Hall, Marilyn Iverson, Michael M. Lawson, Rica Lewis-Payton, Craig B. Luigart, Michael A. Sabo and Keith A. Wilson,

Meritorious Rank Award winners — professionals

AGRICULTURE: Thomas J. Jackson.

DEFENSE:

Army: Meimei Zhu Tidrow and Bruce J. West.

Navy: Frances S. Ligler.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION: Evan R. Kwerel

NASA: Christopher P. McKay

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