Government workers get an attaboy

Federal employees are finally getting catching a break from the anti-government rhetoric and getting some recognition for the work they do.

More than half-dozen senators have pledged to honor public servants from federal, state and local governments during Public Service Recognition Week, held May 6 to May 12.

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced a resolution to honor government employees, and his pledge was co-signed by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.).

Never heard of PSRW? Well, it’s been around since 1985 and was launched by the Public Employees Roundtable as a nationwide initiative to recognize government employees for their contributions. The coalition includes more than 30 Washington-based organizations, including federal executive boards, industry partners and other associations focused on public service.

“This week is about saying thank you to our nation’s public servants who have dedicated their careers and their lives to helping others,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “As a nation, we hold our public servants accountable to high standards, and this week is about expressing our gratitude to the millions of Americans across the country who work with honor on our behalf.”

Top government officials have also been involved in PSRW throughout the years. OPM head John Berry, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates, just to mention a few, served as PSRW honorary co-chairs in 2011.

Not only does PSRW give that rare nod to feds, but it also aims to inspire a new generation of public servants. But most important than ever: The event strives to improve the perception and morale of federal workers and other public servants, which is particularly important in the wake of the GSA spending scandal.

The nationwide celebration will take place in form of ceremonies, information fairs, parades and other events. If you’re in the D.C. area, make sure to check out the PSRW’s website for information about ongoing events. Those happenings run the gamut from D.C.’s Funniest Fed Competition to a Public Service Town Hall.

 

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