FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 1997

Diana M. Hawkins or

Vicki M. Boatwright



U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE EMPLOYEES RECEIVE AWARDS

FOR HELPING TO CUT GOVERNMENT WASTE AND RED TAPE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, Gerald J. Vits and James P. Oland are recent recipients of Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review Hammer Award. The award, named after an infamous $600 hammer purchased by the government in the 1980s, recognizes individuals and organizations for instituting measures to cut red tape and eliminate government waste. The awards, consisting of a framed hammer with a handwritten message from the vice president and a signed certificate, were presented to Vits and Oland along with other project participants at an April 11, 1997 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

These awards recognized the accomplishments of Vits and Oland as members of a multi-agency team made up of employees from the General Services Administration, the U.S. Navy, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. The team successfully disposed of several large parcels of surplus federal land while resolving some long-standing squatter issues and protecting the habitats of several endangered species, including the leatherback sea turtle.

Vits, a realty team leader employed in the Service's regional office in Atlanta, and Oland, an ecological services field supervisor based in Boquerón, Puerto Rico, assisted GSA representatives with on-site field visits and provided valuable information about the environmentally-sensitive lands that were proposed for disposition.

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Release #: R97-47.


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