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DoD’s John Casciotti Wins Rosenberg Award

April 27, 2018

John Casciotti

The D.C. Bar is pleased to announce that John A. Casciotti, senior associate deputy general counsel for personnel and health policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, is the 2018 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service.

Presented annually, the Rosenberg Award is given to a D.C. Bar member whose career exemplifies the highest order of public service. Casciotti will be honored at the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership at The Mayflower Hotel on June 12.

“It is an honor (and a surprise!) to be considered in the company of Bea Rosenberg and the other distinguished recipients of this award, and to be associated with the D.C. Bar’s recognition of the value of the work done by so many of its members in all agencies of the government,” Casciotti said.

Casciotti has served in the Defense Department’s Office of the General Counsel since 1988, and during his career he has contributed significantly to a vital new regulatory framework for approving advancements in battlefield medicine and responses to chemical and biological attacks.

Casciotti has been instrumental in reforming health care policy at Defense for wounded soldiers and veterans, including pushing for more autonomy for military members in their choice of care, establishing a confidential reporting option for sexual assault victims, decreasing institutional stigma around mental health, and reducing health care costs at the agency. He also has successfully upheld significant Defense programs in litigation, such as the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program.

Casciotti is credited for incorporating medical ethics standards into Defense policies, including human research subject protections and medical program support to detainee operations.

The Rosenberg Award was established by the Bar in honor of Beatrice “Bea” Rosenberg, who dedicated 35 years of her career to government service and performed with distinction at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also served as a member of the Board on Professional Responsibility.