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For immediate release: Jan. 11, 2012

Atlanta Fed Recognizes Three Employees with President's Award

ATLANTA — The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta awarded its annual President's Award for Excellence to Albert "Frank" Edwards in the Jacksonville Branch, and Calandra Foster Hunter and Gale Williams in the Atlanta office. Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Fed, presented the awards in a recent ceremony. The President's Award recognizes Sixth Federal Reserve District employees who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding performance.

Albert "Frank" Edwards is a Retail Payments Office (RPO) employee and subject matter expert who in his 39 years of service at the Jacksonville Branch played a key role in the Sixth District's check consolidation efforts. Known as a technical expert, he served on District and System work teams on many of the RPO's check initiatives—standardization, restructuring and Check 21. His willingness to go above and beyond to complete tasks helped ensure the success of these efforts.

Calandra Foster Hunter handles sensitive human resources work for the supervision and regulation division. An 11-year veteran, she performs her duties with discretion while paying attention to the complex details and Board of Governors guidance. Hunter is known for her drive to improve whatever she can and receives uniformly positive feedback from new employees.

Gale Williams is a director of examinations in the supervision and regulation division who has fostered a productive work environment in her 35 years of service. She empowers her staff to perform their jobs and find solutions to problems. Williams was a primary driver in building the division's centralized resource enhancement team which brought an organized approach to resource allocation, meeting mandates and workforce planning.

The Atlanta Fed is a part of the nation's central banking system, which Congress created in 1913. The Federal Reserve conducts monetary policy by influencing money and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of full employment and stable prices, supervises and regulates banking institutions and helps ensure that the nation's payments systems operate smoothly. The Atlanta Fed serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Atlanta Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous commercial banks and provides a variety of financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government.