Federal Employee Spotlight

Paul Manning, MMP

Paul Manning from the International Association of Masters Mates and Pilots is a civil service mariner employed by Military Sealift Command in the Department of Defense. MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners. Continue reading...


Philip Farmer, IBEW

Phillip Farmer, vice president of Dardanelle, Ark., IBEW Local 2219, has worked in federal sector hydro-electric power plants for most of his life. "I feel proud to be here" says Farmer, a power plant mechanic at the Greers Ferry Power Plant in the Little Rock District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where two 48,000-megawatt units supply electricity to tens of thousands of homes in several states served by the Southwest Power Association.  Continue reading...


Chad Jeremy, AFSCME

Chad Jeremy, a member of Local 2027 (AFSCME Council 26) in Washington, D.C., is the latest entry into The Washington Post's "Federal Player of the Week," a column that profiles a little known federal workers who have left a big impact. The profile details Chad's public service career, beginning years ago as an AmeriCorps volunteer, helping to restore a YMCA camp and building Habitat for Humanity houses. "I was bitten by the service bug," he told The Post, "and from this experience, I knew that I wanted to come back and work in the service field and work with AmeriCorps." Continue reading...


                    Rick Munoz and Nick Yardich, PASS

Last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti ravaged the nation, leaving thousands dead and wounded and destroying buildings and infrastructure. The Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince was not spared as the earthquake caused damage throughout the area and the collapse of the airport’s control tower. Although the main airport appeared operable, there was great concern that the condition of the air traffic control tower would impede the ability to bring supplies and relief to the devastated nation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assumed control of the main airport and worked to bring in a mobile tower to assist the struggling country. Continue reading...


Nancy Fichtner, NAGE

NAGE Local R14-77 member Nancy Fichtner won the first-ever President's SAVE award. The SAVE award encourages federal employees from across the government to submit their ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual budget process. Ms. Fichtner's idea, to allow veterans to take home unused medications when they leave a VA hospital, will save the Department of Veterans Affairs $20 million over five years. Past practice at the VA required health-care providers to throw away the unused portion. Having worked at the VA for five years, and with twenty years of pharmacy experience in total, Ms. Fichtner says the practice is common nationwide, including at private hospitals. Continue reading...

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