Honoring Our Public Servants.
Connecting Citizens with Their Government.
May 5–11, 2013
Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.
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.
PSRW is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations. New in 2013, PER will host its first annual Public Service 5K run/walk in Washington, D.C. Other feature events in Washington include a public town hall meeting with Cabinet secretaries and a congressional breakfast to announce the finalists of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.
Our theme for PSRW 2013 is “Why I Serve.” Throughout the week, we will invite agency leaders and elected officials to share stories about why they answered the call to serve in government and what accomplishments they are most proud of in their time as public servants.
Public servants deserve our thanks throughout the year and we invite you to continue honoring them for the work they do each and every day. Ideas range from sending messages of thanks to holding appreciation events to highlighting employee accomplishments on your website or newsletter. For additional suggestions, please download our How to Celebrate PSRW Guide.
Public Service Town Hall
Thank you for joining us for the third annual Public Service Town Hall. Secretaries Shaun Donovan and Janet Napolitano, Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe and Acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini discussed the value of government service, how to communicate that value to the American people and ways to support and motivate employees in this challenging and uncertain environment. In keeping with the 2013 PSRW theme, moderator Cokie Roberts, an ABC News and NPR News political commentator, asked panelists why they serve. Responses ranged from: “because I want to make a difference in the world” to “because the future can and should be better than the present” to “because my parents told me that you have to leave the world better than the one you were brought into.”
Letter from the 2013 PSRW Co-chairs
2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America finalists announced
Marking the start of Public Service Recognition Week, the Partnership is pleased to announce this year’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists — outstanding federal employees engaged in important work to spur the economy, protect the environment and advance the health, safety and well-being of Americans.
The finalists are contenders for eight prestigious Service to America Medals, including Federal Employee of the Year, set to be announced on Oct. 3 at a Washington, D.C. gala. The Service to America Medals have earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious awards dedicated to honoring America’s civil servants.
Senate passes resolution honoring public servants
April 16, 2013
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senator Jon Tester (Montana) honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.
The cosponsors of Senator Tester’s resolution (S. Res. 99) are Carl Levin (Michigan), Benjamin L. Cardin (Maryland), Tom Carper (Delaware), Mark Begich (Alaska), Christopher A. Coons (Delaware), and Brian Schatz (Hawaii).