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Common Access from an Uncommon Man

08/30/06 02:00

Not all of those cool technologies that you see on TV shows like 24 and Alias were created by the people in Hollywood's dream factories. Some were created by federal employees.

Robert Brandewie is the guy who develops in real-life some of those cool technologies that you see on TV. His most significant invention to date is the ultra-secure biometric ID card which is currently used by more than 3 million military personnel.

Brandewie's team created what is known as the Common Access Card, and proving the security value of this technology, at European facilities that require the card, DoD has denied access to persons with inadequate credentials more than 1 million times.

For his work, Robert Brandewie has been named a finalist for a 2006 Service to America Medal.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the nine Sammies winners this September.

For more on the awards, visit ServiceToAmerica.org.

Making a Difference

08/28/06 02:00

There's never a good time for a hurricane to hit, but for Social Security beneficiaries, there could be no worse time than "check day," the day when people receive their benefits.

For several nights following Hurricane Katrina, Ray Brammer literally lived at the local Social Security Administration offices, sleeping on the floor. And he helped establish a process to provide replacement checks for those who didn't receive their payments.

His efforts were directly responsible for getting emergency benefit payments to more than 50,000 hurricane victims.

For his work, Ray Brammer has been named a finalist for a 2006 Service to America Medal.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the nine Sammies winners this September.

For more on the awards, visit ServiceToAmerica.org.

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