Celebrating Public Service!

The blooming cherry blossoms signal the approach of the annual Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), held in May since 1985 by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations. The week sets aside time to recognize and honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. As a proud member of PER, the Federal Managers Association (FMA) embraces the opportunity to celebrate public servants and the hard work they do throughout the year.


The theme of 2013’s celebration (May 5-11) is “Why I Serve.” In preparation for PSRW, federal employees are encouraged to record videos to share their personal stories of service. FMA national president Patricia Niehaus recorded the first of these videos, where she talked about what drew her to public service, why she continues to serve her fellow Americans, accomplishments she is proud of, and advice to young people considering a career of public service. Submit your video to: publicemployeesroundtable@gmail.com.Click here for the video guidelines. It will be added to the PERoundtable YouTube Channel!

In the midst of a three-year pay freeze, administrative furloughs, and constant disparaging rhetoric that negatively impacts morale, it is critical that federal managers lead the charge of PSRW and demonstrate to the American public who we are and highlight the invaluable services we provide while fulfilling the congressionally-mandated missions of each agency. PSRW offers many ways to be involved in this effort.

Kick starting this year’s PSRW on Sunday, May 5, is the inaugural Public Service 5K Run/Walk in Washington, D.C., the first of what we hope to become an annual event for government employees, their families, friends and runners of all ages to show their support and appreciation for our country’s dedicated public servants. All proceeds will benefit the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). To register or learn more about the 5K, please visit PSRW 2013 5K.

On Monday, May 6, PER and the Partnership for Public Service will host a Public Service Town Hall featuring federal agency leaders who will discuss the services they deliver, how they communicate the value of these services to the general public, and ways to engage and motivate employees during this difficult economy.

The thirty finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (SAMMIES) will be announced on Tuesday, May 7. These prestigious awards honor just some of the feds who have made significant contributions to our country. The final awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2013.

While many of the notable PSRW events are held in Washington, D.C., managers across the country should know that they can celebrate wherever they are. This is particularly important as we strive to inform the public and elected officials that 85% of all federal employees live and work outside of the nation’s capital. At the PSRW website you can find a link to a celebration toolkit, which includes recommendations for things you can do in and around your local community. Please check it out!

PSRW is a great time to honor public service and highlight the irreplaceable men and women who perform it on behalf of all Americans. As managers we need to set a good example and foster the mission of PSRW to educate others and instill in all people an awareness of the important services we provide.

For more information about PSRW, please visit:  publicservicerecognitionweek.org. Please also visit the Federal Managers Association’s website to learn about all that we are doing:  www.fedmanagers.org. We look forward to hearing about how you celebrated the good work of public servants!

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