Gov Actually Episode 17: Meet the 2017 Sammies Finalists pt. 2

In this episode, the Gov Actually team speaks with Brenda Smith of CBP, who was nominated for the Sammies for her work on the Single Window system.
(Getty Images)

Gov Actually continues its special series celebrating the Partnership for Public Service’s Service to America Medals awards nominees.

Dubbed the Sammies — named for PPS founder Samuel J. Heyman — the awards are frequently called the Oscars of government service.

In this episode, the Gov Actually team speaks with Brenda Smith, the executive assistant commissioner of the Office of International Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Smith was nominated for a Sammie for her work on the Single Window system, which “has eliminated nearly 200 paper forms and hundreds of redundant data requests, greatly reduced wait times for import and export decisions, and will save the government and businesses tens of millions of dollars,” according the PPS.


Hear more about Smith’s work on the latest episode of Gov Actually, and catch all of the episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Let us know what you think in the comments on iTunes.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his journalism degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

Latest Podcasts