Honoring Our Public Servants.
Connecting Citizens with Their Government.

May 1–7, 2016

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, 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. To receive updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (#PSRW).

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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 taking place in Washington, D.C. during PSRW 2016 include our fourth annual Public Service 5K run/walk, public service appreciation games with D.C. United and the Washington Nationals and a congressional breakfast to congratulate the finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

We invite you to continue sharing positive stories of public servants and their work by contributing Public Service White Board photos.

For additional suggestions and resources to participate in Public Service Recognition Week in your agency or community, visit our Celebration Toolkit page.

Proclamation from President Obama


Our Nation’s progress has long been fueled by the efforts of selfless citizens who come together in service to their fellow Americans to change our country for the better. At the birth of our Nation, our Founders fought to secure a democracy that represents the people, and the civil servants who pour everything they have into making a difference are the individuals who keep that democracy running smoothly and effectively. During Public Service Recognition Week, we honor those who dedicate themselves to ensuring America's promise rings true in every corner of our country, and we recommit to upholding the values they fight for every day.

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Letter of support from the 2016 PSRW Co-chairs

U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Resolutions Honoring Public Servants

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed 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.441) co-sponsors are U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Thomas Caper (D-Delaware), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Douglas Peters (D-Maryland), Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Christopher Coons (D-Delaware), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Oklahoma), Richard Blumenthal (D- Connecticut), Angus King (I- Maine), Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) and Jeanne Shaheen (D- New Hampshire).

In addition, U.S. Representative Robert Wittman (R-Virginia) introduced a bipartisan resolution (H. Res. 676) “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States during Public Service Recognition Week.” The resolution cosponsors are U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia), Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia), and Brenda Lawrence (D- Michigan).

S.Res. 441 »

H. Res. 676 »