Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of September 16, 2010

Shane Kelley and Eva Ristow

Sen. Kaufman Recognizes Great Federal Employees, Shane Kelley and Eva Ristow

Last night, winners for eight awards were announced by the Partnership for Public Service, a leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Federal employees embody:  citizenship, hard work, a willingness to take risks, perseverance, intellect, and humility.  All nine of this year’s awardees exemplify these qualities.

This year’s Citizens Services Medal was awarded to a pair of officials also from Colorado.  Shane Kelley and Eva Ristow work in the Denver office of the Social Security Administration.  They won for their work to expand access to Social Security benefits for those living in impoverished and rural areas using an online two-way video service.  For years, the SSA has had difficulties reaching those living in remote areas of the West, in particular Native Americans living on reservations.  As a result, many do not know they are eligible to receive Social Security benefits that could drastically improve their families’ standard of living.  Shane and Eva developed an innovative internet-based video teleconferencing system to help connect these rural communities to Social Security representatives in Denver.  For those whose annual incomes can be as low as $3,000, this new connection to the SSA – thanks to Shane and Eva – has had a gigantic impact. 

Read Sen. Kaufman's full remarks on the 2010 Service to America Medal Winners HERE

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