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TIM: There he is!
ARTHUR: What, behind the rabbit?
TIM: It is the rabbit!
ARTHUR: You silly sod! You got us all worked up!
TIM: Well, that's no ordinary rabbit. That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on.
ROBIN: You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!
TIM: Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide, it's a killer!
- from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scene 33
Things aren't always what they appear to be.
I thought this trip would be all about celebrating my sister’s nomination for her work with mosses and in uncovering hot spots of pollution in cities. And to be sure, we spent a LOT of time celebrating (including a clandestine acquisition of a souvenir cutlery set for someone special). What I didn’t expect was to find myself feeling excited and proud of what goes on behind the scenes in government.
Here are some of the other every day heroes who were recognized at this event:
- A team of people at the DPA and DOJ who worked together to halt a scheme by Volkswagen to evade emissions standards
- A man at the CDC who was the key player behind a program to scale up a system to deliver medicine to those suffering from HIV in developing nations
- The treasury inspector general, whose team led a multi-agency investigation and public awareness campaign to halt the scamming of senior citizens by those pretending to be from the IRS
- A team within the FDA who accelerated the approval process for an artificial pancreas for those with diabetes, reducing the approval time by three whole years (how many lives they must have saved!)
- A woman in the marine corps systems command who developed body armor 45% lighter and more flexible for female soldiers
- A disabled veteran working in the Department of Veterans Affairs who designed special equipment and innovative wheelchairs to improve the lives of combat veterans
- A man in the U.S. Agency for International Development who led the effort to organize relief for those in Syria, even coordinating with neighboring countries to bring aid into Syria on donkeys (we all know I have a sweet spot for donkeys).
I’ll leave you with this thought, direct from the lovely gala program:
We get in the habit of speaking of the government as if it were something apart from us. The government is us—we are the government, you and I.
President Theodore Roosevelt.
Learn more about the Partnership for Public Service and the Sammy Awards at ourpublicservice.org.