GovExec Announces 2022 Government Hall of Fame Ceremony and Inductees at Special Annual Event at the Washington National Cathedral
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GovExec Announces 2022 Government Hall of Fame Ceremony and Inductees at Special Annual Event at the Washington National Cathedral

Winners of the Federal 100 Awards will also be recognized for their accomplishments at the event

April 25, 2022

Washington D.C. (April 25, 2022) GovExec, the leading information services and insights company for government leaders and contractors, announced that on May 12, 2022, they will be bringing back their special Evening of Honors featuring the 2022 Government Hall of Fame Inductees and Federal 100 award winners. Taking place at the iconic Washington National Cathedral, this special evening is a celebration of the public sector and those that have shown their dedication to it. The event will honor the current and former officials and industry stakeholders who have made historic achievements and advances across our government.

“We are honored to celebrate the incredible contribution that those in the public sector provide for our citizens and our country,” said Troy K. Schneider, President of GovExec 360. “This is an opportunity for those fulfilling their mission of public service to be recognized by their peers and the community at large for their tireless work and to reinforce their value in keeping our communities, states and nation operating effectively and efficiently.”

“It is an incredible honor to celebrate the leaders and trailblazers in public sector that have been pivotal in transforming our past, present and future,” said Matt Hickey, vice president of Public Sector and FirstNet Marketing for AT&T. “This event embodies the spirit of public service and we are thrilled to participate and recognize these extraordinary individuals.”

The Government Hall of Fame celebrates distinguished civil servants who have demonstrated sustained achievement and unparalleled dedication to public service throughout their careers. This high honor is designed for those who have reached a pinnacle of success during their careers in civil service and those who have made historic progress in changing government for the better, and whose influence will live on for generations. Each year the new class of inductees is added to this group’s elite membership amongst previous winners. 

Inductees for the 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony include: 

Francis Collins

An M.D. and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, Collins devoted much of his life to molecular genetics and made several important discoveries, which led to his appointment in 1993 to lead the agency managing the Human Genome Project. The National Human Genome Research Institute finished its work in 2003. In 2009, President Obama appointed him director of the National Institutes of Health, where he served under three different administrations. He retired at the end of 2021. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2007.

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp

A pioneer in tracking the prevalence of autism among children, Yeargin-Allsopp is chief of the developmental disabilities branch at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. After joining the CDC in 1981, she saw the need for better information on developmental disabilities among children. She devised an innovative study to address the issue, leading to a movement to provide better services to children with such disabilities. Yeargin-Allsopp was the recipient of the 2018 career achievement award in the Service to America Medals program.

Shirley Ann Jackson

Dr. Jackson is a renowned theoretical physicist and first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from M.I.T. in any subject. In 1995 she became both the first woman and first African-American to serve as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During her tenure, she instituted massive crackdowns on the nuclear power industry’s violations and assured NRC’s commitment to public health and safety.  She was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for contributions in science and engineering by President Obama in 2016.

Patricia Roberts Harris

Harris was the first African-American woman to hold a Cabinet position. She served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development and later headed the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (which became Health and Human Services while she was leading it) in the Carter administration. Earlier in her career, Harris served as ambassador to Luxembourg, the first Black woman to be named to such a post. She arranged for an endowment to be created after  her death in 1985 to provide stipends for Howard University students to participate in public service internships.

Charles McGee

A member of the famed African American fighter pilot unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen, McGee flew 409 combat missions in World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. In the process, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation. In 2020, President Trump promoted him from the rank of colonel to brigadier general. McGee died at the age of 102 in 2022.

Elmer Staats

Staats shaped the Government Accountability Office (then known as the General Accounting Office) over four presidential administrations. In a federal career spanning 50 years, he worked in the Bureau of the Budget beginning under President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939. After several promotions, he became comptroller general in 1966. There he broadened GAO’s work, conducting high-impact oversight of federal elections, Vietnam War spending, energy, consumer protection and other issues.

Ely Parker

In 1857, Parker, a Seneca Indian who was educated as both a lawyer and an engineer, was appointed by the Treasury Department to oversee the construction of a customs house in Galena, Illinois. There he became acquainted with Ulysses S. Grant, and served on the general’s staff during the Civil War. In that role, Parker made the formal copy of the terms of surrender presented at Appomattox. When Grant was elected president, he appointed Parker commissioner of Indian Affairs, the first Native American to hold the post.

Walter Hollis

Hollis served for 56 years at the Defense Department, including 26 years as the deputy undersecretary of the Army for operations research until his retirement at the age of 80 in 2006. He was the highest ranking civil servant in the Army and in charge of Operations Research, Systems Analysis and Operational Test and Evaluation. This made him an extremely influential figure in the system development and procurement process. He was highly respected for his willingness to buck the Army hierarchy to avoid costly mistakes.

The Evening of Honors will also feature the  Federal 100 Awards. The Federal 100 awards are presented to the 100 women and men who personify what’s possible in how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT. As with previous years, this year’s Federal 100 winners include an outstanding mix of individuals from civilian and defense agencies, the intelligence community, the legislative branch, and the private sector. Each of these individuals has their own story about what they have given to the public sector and helps to demonstrate the range of important work being done throughout our communities.

For more information please go to the Government Hall of Fame website at and to review the list of Federal 100 winners you can find it here at the 2022 federal 100 winners list.

A special Thank You to our underwriters of the Evening of Honors Gala:

AT&T Public Sector,  Carahsoft, Dell Technologies, Accenture, Adobe, ASRC Federal, AWS, CACI, Comcast Business, GDIT, Google Cloud, Grant Thornton, Infoblox, Intel, KPMG, Leidos, Lumen, Microsoft Federal, MITRE, Mulesoft, OnPoint, Oracle, Pegasystems, Peraton, REI Systems, SAIC, Salesforce,  ServiceNow, Tanium, Trustwave Government Solutions, Tyler Technologies, WAEPA, WWT, and Zoom.


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