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Save the Dates: May 5-11, 2019

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month), Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations participate in PSRW by issuing proclamations; hosting award ceremonies and special tribute events; and delivering messages about the value of public service. We encourage government leaders and public servants from all backgrounds to participate by showing appreciation to their employees and colleagues and by sharing stories of excellence in public service.

Events that took place in Washington, D.C. during PSRW 2018 included the sixth annual Public Service 5K run/walk, Federal Workforce Day at the Washington Nationals, and a congressional breakfast to congratulate the finalists of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

Follow @RPublicService on Twitter and help us spread the word using #PSRW. For additional suggestions and resources to participate in Public Service Recognition Week in your agency or community, visit our Celebration Toolkit page. To request email updates about PSRW 2019, contact psrw@ourpublicservice.org.

PSRW 2018 White House Proclamation

President Donald J. Trump
Proclaims May 6 through May 12, 2018,
as Public Service Recognition Week

During Public Service Recognition Week, we acknowledge our Nation’s civil servants for their hard work and willingness to serve their fellow citizens. The contributions of these dedicated men and women strengthen our country and make a profound difference in the lives of all Americans.

Members of our Federal, State, and local workforces bring incredible skills, tireless dedication, and selfless service to a broad range of career fields. Our Nation’s civil servants include teachers, mail carriers, first responders, transit workers, and law enforcement officers. Our Federal employees underpin nearly all the operations of our Government.

Every day, our Nation’s civil servants help make America better, safer, and stronger. This week, we honor their efforts and extend our gratitude for their exceptionalism and steadfast commitment to serving the American people.

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U.S. Senate and House Resolutions Honoring Public Servants

On April 26, 2018, the U.S. Senate adopted a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.

The resolution (S. Res. 495) co-sponsors are U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), Angus King (I-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Gary Peters (D-Michigan), Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Patty Murray (D-Washington), Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Kamala Harris (D-California) Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).

In addition, on May 1, 2018, Representative Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) introduced a bipartisan resolution (H. Res. 867) supporting the designation of Public Service Recognition Week and recognizing that public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States. The resolution is cosponsored by Representative Gerald Connolly (D-Virginia), the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations.

A letter from the PSRW 2018 Honorary Co-chairs