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Commerce Department Recognizes Outstanding Employees at 65th Annual Honor Awards

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Today U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Dr. Pat Gallagher, in his duties as Deputy Secretary, recognized 351 Commerce employees for receiving Honor Awards, the most prestigious award the Department gives out each year.

Since 1949, the Department of Commerce has recognized outstanding employees with Gold or Silver Medals at the Honor Awards.  The employees’ contributions must focus on qualitative and quantitative performance measures reflected in the Department’s Strategic Plan in one of seven categories:  Leadership, Personal and Professional Excellence, Scientific/Engineering Achievement, Organizational Development, Customer Service, Administrative/Technical Support, and Heroism.

This year teams and individuals from across the department made tremendous achievements in everything from assisting companies exporting, making more Commerce data available to businesses and consumers, and creating new tools and resources for American manufacturers.

Commerce will build on the progress made by today’s awardees and will continue to support American businesses with the tools they need to grow and hire, and support President Obama’s efforts to ensure lasting economic security for the United States.

Secretary Pritzker congratulates the BIS team who is overhauling our nation’s export control system, creating stronger relationships with America’s allies and providing more exporting opportunities Secretary Pritzker congratulates Carmela Mammas of the International Trade Adminstration on her Gold Medal Award Secretary Pritzker congratulates Captain Wade Blake from NOAA who went into high surf and cold ocean waters off the coast of Oregon to rescue a man whose boat had capsized Secretary Pritzker congratulates An OGC team that helped ensure that U.S. firms could have a level playing field when competing with countries like China Secretary Pritzker congratulates the OIG team who improved how we manage and oversee the acquisition of a major new satellite

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