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Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has convened its final review board to consider nominations for an elite award given to federal employees, the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. Over the past three months, Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Review Boards met across the country to consider nominees for the award. The final review board met today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to conclude a nationwide search for the best and the brightest public servants America has to offer.
Following a review of the panel's work, OPM Director Linda M. Springer will make her recommendations to President George W. Bush, who will make the final selections and announce the award recipients later this year.
"Through their service on the Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Review Board, these volunteers from Pennsylvania and the other three cities have worked diligently to enable me to make the most informed recommendations to the President," Springer said. Appointees to the board came from the federal, state, military and corporate communities.
Second only to the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Service, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service is a high honor bestowed upon career federal employees. The award recognizes members of the career Senior Executive Service (SES), and the Senior-Level (SL) and Scientific and Professional (ST) communities, the federal government's top cadre of managers and senior professionals, who have a consistent record of integrity, industry and commitment to public service. Members of these communities manage many of the nation's most vital programs in defense, intelligence, the environment, energy, agriculture and others.
The SES, SL and ST are comprised of over 7,000 dedicated employees out of a federal work force of 1.8 million, and members are highly valued for their management, leadership and technical skills. And while they are small in numbers, an even smaller population is recognized each year with a Rank Award.
Members of the Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Review Board reviewed the accomplishments of nominees -- career members of SES, SL and ST communities -- for the 2005 Presidential Meritorious Rank Award with the Bush Administration's goals and criteria for sustained accomplishment in the management of federal programs and services.
The previous Meritorious Presidential Rank Award Boards were held in Memphis, TN, Denver, CO and Minneapolis, MN, and the Distinguished Service Board was held in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Review Board in Philadelphia, PA are:
Pamela AndersonNew Jersey Economic AuthorityFinance Officer/Business Development
Joseph "Skip" BrionBuckley, Brion, McGuyer, Morris & Sommer, LLPPartner
Kenneth E. DavisPublic Affairs Management LLCManaging Director
The Honorable Terence FarrellChester County GovernmentRecorder of Deeds
Joan GangwerSelf-EmployedNutrition Consultant
Jonathan GoldsteinBlank Rome, LLPLaw Clerk
David HackettSaul Ewing, LLPAssociate
Farah JimenezMt. Airy USAExecutive Director
Wesley PlummerCheyney University of PennsylvaniaDirector of Employee Development
Patricia PoprikFirst American Municipals, IncPresident
Diane L. SliferBlank Rome LLPAttorney
Ronald C. StankoState of Pennsylvania, Office of the Attorney GeneralChief Deputy Attorney General
Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.