President Obama says ‘thank you’ to feds

President Barack Obama on Dec. 13 issued a video message thanking federal employees for their service and released a list of accomplishments made by the workforce that have positively impacted the rest of country.

“I want you to know how much I admire the work that you do, day in a and day out, and how deeply I appreciate your passion for public service, your professionalism and the career path each or you has chosen,” he said in the message noting that he knows that the American people have high expectations of government. “Your jobs aren’t easy—believe me—I know that too. I see you perform them with skill. But as I know you’ve experienced, the reward is the opportunity to help your fellow citizen.”

The efforts by federal employees noted in the report include:

  • Helping consumers shop for the mortgages;
  • Reducing airport security wait times;
  • Expanding access to individual health data;
  • Revitalizing and strengthening a number of cities;
  • Expanding STEM education for military families;
  • Attracting more high-skilled immigrant workers, scientists, and engineers; and
  • Optimizing the use of federal real estate. 

“The list, while not comprehensive, shines a light on the some of the Nation’s civil servants great and most lasting achievements over the past eight years,” a White House news release states.

President Obama said in his message, “Whatever or whoever inspired you to join public service, whether you’re a young person who just signed up because you wanted to make a difference or a career employee who has dedicated your life to that pursuit, I want you to know that it has been my privilege to call you my colleagues.”

The presidents recorded message was presented to senior administration officials at the White House who were meeting to discuss the importance of public service and announce the President’s 2016 Customer Service Award winners.

Reader comments

Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Thank you for doing nothing for the federal family. Pay freezes, increases in medical premiums, poor ineffective management the list could take a page or so again thanks for all the inactivity

Wed, Dec 14, 2016

Thanks for nothing. I am a retired CS Fed (38 yrs service). If he thought Feds were so great why such pitiful COLA's ? Talk is cheap !

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