|HUD No. 00-331|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|Or contact your local HUD office||November 20, 2000|
CUOMO CELEBRATES EMPLOYEES’ ACCOMPLISHMENTS
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo recognized today hundreds of Headquarters and Field Office employees for their outstanding achievements.
“Whether on center stage or behind-the-scenes, these employees go above and beyond the call of duty to do their jobs and make HUD an agency we’re proud of,’’ said Cuomo. “Although all 9000 HUD employees cannot be recognized by name, each of you deserve a standing ovation for your continuous service and commitment.”
Cuomo presented awards, plaques and certificates at a ceremony at Headquarters that was broadcast to HUD’s 81 field offices.
The following individuals and departmental teams received nationally recognized awards:
Presidential Rank Awards
These awards celebrate a small group of career Senior Executives who have demonstrated their ability to lead a government that delivers great service, fosters partnerships and community solutions to achieve results, and drives to get the job done effectively and efficiently. Award winners are in two categories: Distinguished Executives and Meritorious Executives.
Distinguished Executive Rank Winner
George Anderson, Executive Vice President, Ginnie Mae
Meritorious Service Rank Winners
Sam Hutchinson, Associate General Counsel, Office of Human Resources
Robert S. Kenison, Associate General Counsel for Assisted Housing
Gloria Parker, Chief Information Officer
Innovations in American Government Awards
An awards program of the Ford Foundation that celebrates outstanding examples of creative problem-solving in the public sector by highlighting state, local and federal government programs that demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness. Since its inception in 1986, Innovations has recognized 265 innovative programs. The awards program is administered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government.
2000 Award Winner
Awarded for transforming the fundamentals of public housing in the United States by using public and private development resources to replace the bleak, isolated public housing of the past with attractive new mixed-income communities. HOPE VI partnerships help residents achieve self-sufficiency and encourage housing authorities to set higher standards of housing design, finance, and management.
HUD Next Door
Awarded for removing the distance between government and people by creating street-level offices or “storefronts” staffed with community resource representatives who give customers a hands-on product offering more services, information and attention in less time, money and hassle.
Awarded for assisting high-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 to learn housing construction job skills and to complete their high school education. In addition to building and rehabilitating affordable housing, this program transforms participants’ lives.
Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC)
Awarded for the development of its Tenant Eligibility Verification System, a secure and efficient means of verifying tenant income that allows program administrators to detect unreported income.