psrw 2016

President Praises Public Servants During PSRW

In honor of the 2016 Public Service Recognition Week, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation highlighting the sacrifice of government employees and acknowledging that the constant scapegoating of civil servants does not make their jobs any easier.

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.

In his proclamation, Obama said, “Even in the toughest of circumstances, including a politics that does not always fully recognize the value of their work, our public servants – often at great personal sacrifice – continue striving to build a better country and to bring lasting change to the lives of ordinary people across America. These selfless individuals tackle great challenges facing our country.”

The president went on to acknowledge the breadth of knowledge the federal workforce brings to places across the country. 

“Civil servants demonstrate resolve and inspire optimism in sectors throughout our country,” he said. “They are engineers and educators, military service members and social workers, and their individual and collective contributions drive us forward on the path toward an ever brighter tomorrow.”

 “Serving the public is not just about a paycheck,” Obama said, “it's about contributing to the steady effort to perfect our union over time so our democracy works for everyone. This week, let us embrace the hopeful spirit that embodies the extraordinary work of our civil servants. It is the same spirit that built America, and because of the hard work of compassionate and determined public servants, it will continue to build us up for generations to come.”

The Senate also participated in the recognition of the country’s public employees, unanimously passing a resolution to honor public servants last week. A similar measure is awaiting a vote in the House.

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Tags: Public Employees Roundtable, Public Service Recognition Week, PSRW

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