Anthony Fauci Nominated for an ‘Oscar’ of Civil Service

By May 3, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT

  • Fauci has been nominated for a career achievement award
  • Partnership for Public Service names 27 finalists for awards
Anthony Fauci 
Anthony Fauci  Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

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Anthony Fauci, the doctor at the forefront of leading America through the coronavirus pandemic, was named Sunday as one of the finalists for the “Oscars” of the government workforce, an annual award ceremony recognizing the achievements of top public servants.

Fauci is one of 27 finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, also known as the Sammies, which honor America’s top federal employees whose work has had a lasting impact on improving the government. Fauci, who’s had a 36-year career as an infectious disease expert, is nominated for the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement medal.

“We have a government with lots of Tony Faucis that are doing their jobs in extraordinary ways, and then until something brings them to the public’s attention, you don’t know that they’re actually there,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that presents the awards. “The way we’re going to help make our government better is by spotlighting those that are doing it already.”


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