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May 6-12, 2018

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.

Upcoming events taking place in Washington, D.C. during PSRW 2018 include 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 2018, contact psrw@ourpublicservice.org.

Below are statements from the White House and U.S. Senate designating PSRW 2017. We will post new statements to kick off PSRW 2018.

PSRW 2017 Proclamation from President Donald J. Trump


During Public Service Recognition Week, we express gratitude for our civil servants. Their daily effort keeps our Government functioning and helps make our Nation exceptional.

Throughout my first 100 days, I have seen the tremendous work civil servants do to fulfill our duty to the American people. At all levels of government, our public servants put our country and our people first.

I call upon Americans and all Federal, State, tribal, and local government agencies to recognize the dedication of our Nation's public servants and to observe this week through appropriate programs and activities.

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A letter from the PSRW 2017 Honorary Co-chairs

U.S. Senate Resolution Honoring Public Servants

On May 3, 2017, 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. 153) co-sponsors are U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Gary Peters (D-Michigan), Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Angus King (I-Maine), Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Patty Murray (D-Washington), Tim Kaine (D-Maryland), Mark Warner (D-Maryland), Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland).