US State Department – Service to America Medals finalists

Congratulations to State Department Employees Scott Busby, Samantha Sutton, and the State Department Team of Hilary Ingraham, Holly Herrera, and Kiera Berdinner, Named as 2022 Service to America Medal Finalists

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement:

The Director General is pleased to announce that two individual State Department employees and a team of three additional State Department employees are named as finalists to receive the 2022 Service to America Medals, a national awards program to honor the achievements of federal employees.

Scott Busby, the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs, is one of the five national finalists for the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Medal.  This medal recognizes a federal employee for leading significant and sustained accomplishments throughout a federal career of 20 or more years.

Acting PDAS Busby has designed and overseen landmark efforts to advance human rights overseas and hold violators accountable.

Samantha Sutton, an advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations currently detailed as the chief of staff to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, is one of five finalists for the Emerging Leaders Medal.  This medal recognizes young federal employees under the age of 35, who have made an important contribution early in their professional career.

Ms. Sutton has played an important behind-the-scenes role across three presidential administrations as an adviser on U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

Hilary Ingraham, Refugee Processing Center Director; Holly Herrera, Domestic Resettlement Section Chief; Kiera Berdinner, Program Officer; and the Operation Allies Welcome Resettlement Team of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) represent one of five finalists for the Safety, Security, and International Affairs Medal. This medal recognizes a federal employee or team for a significant accomplishment in fields such as counterterrorism, civil rights, defense and military affairs, diplomacy, foreign assistance, trade, consumer protection, cybersecurity and emergency preparedness and response.

The PRM team has coordinated the largest resettlement of refugees in modern U.S. history, providing housing and services in record time to more than 72,000 Afghans who fled from Afghanistan in 2021 as American forces withdrew from the war-torn country.

The Service to America Medal award was created in 2002 by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to recruiting and retaining excellence in the federal civilian service.