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OSD Staff Recognized with Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award  for Excellence in Public Service

Each year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the efforts of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service. This year, 15 employees from the Operational Services Division were honored to be among the recipients of the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service for their efforts to obtain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other needed supplies for the Commonwealth’s first responders, medical professionals, and government entities across Massachusetts. OSD employees were recognized at the 36th Annual Performance Recognition Program Award Ceremony celebrated virtually on January 28.  Watch the ceremony.

OSD Recipients of the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award:

Brendan McCue Gary Lambert Katherine Orsini
Cameron E. O’Brien Glenda Carnate Kathleen Reilly
Cathianne Taylor Gustav Pearson Maureen Barends
Daniel Billings Jacqueline Harris Brownell Michael Woods
Donna Fleser Julia Wolfe William McAvoy

 

During the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSD leadership and members of the Strategic Sourcing Services unit began working around the clock to secure the PPE and other supplies needed to combat the spread of the virus. The team faced many challenges in their quest, including a depleted supply chain, competing with U.S. federal agencies and other government entities seeking the same products, foreign governments canceling orders, and myriad issues regarding the logistics of obtaining products from overseas. By mid-April, the team successfully secured enough materials to fill three warehouses for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

“The efforts of the Sourcing Team during this state of emergency were awe-inspiring and to have those efforts recognized with the Carballo Award is very gratifying. The OSD PPE team worked tirelessly to secure the PPE and other supplies the Commonwealth so desperately needed, and I am so proud of their efforts,” said Maureen Barends, Director of Strategic Sourcing Services.

About the Award

The Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, named in honor of the late Secretary of Human Services, is given annually to employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service. The Selection Committee, which includes the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, and professionals from business, labor, community groups, academia, and the media who are knowledgeable about Massachusetts state government review the nominations and recommend to the Governor the names of the finalists who are most worthy of receiving the award. Final selections are made by the Governor.

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