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Agencies celebrate dedication of civil servants

Federal officials paid special tribute to the federal workforce to start off this year's Public Service Recognition Week.

Federal officials paid special tribute to the federal workforce to start off this year's Public Service Recognition Week, which celebrates the contribution of all public servants –state, local and federal level.

The White House kicked off the week with a personal message to the federal workforce from First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I have been deeply moved and impressed by the talent, character and commitment of the public servants that I have met,” the First Lady said in a video address to feds. “Your work is vital and it is worthy of the passion that you show.”

And, in an unusually open display, 12 cabinet secretaries and two agency leaders signed a letter of support for the federal workforce.

“Through good times and bad, government employees face tough challenges in their work on behalf of the American people,” the letter says. “While the need for vital government services continues to grow, we increasingly ask our public servants to do more with less.”

The recognition week runs from May 1 through May 7. Since 1985, the government has set aside the first week in May to acknowledge the work of public servants.

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