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By Phil Piemonte

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Can't get no respect

A fellow once noted that there’s only a one-foot difference between a pat on the back and a kick in the pants.

Congress seems to have backed the latter endorsement by apparently cutting funds from the fiscal 2011 budget that it would have spent during Public Service Recognition Week to tout the important roles performed by feds.

According to The Washington Post, the slashed amount was a relatively paltry $150,000 for educational displays on the National Mall.

Of course, that does not mean Public Service Recognition Week is canceled.

Other major sponsors — public service advocates like the Partnership for Public Service and the Public Employees Roundtable — still will conduct events such as a scheduled “town hall” featuring federal heavyweights including Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson. And the Washington Nationals still will play the San Francisco Giants during “Public Servant Day” at Nationals Park.

So somebody still loves you.

Just don’t look for your booth on the Mall.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Apr 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 22, 2011 Ohio

I like being a Federal Employee and have for many years, but I don't brag about it and never did since so many seems to think we are the "bad guys" anymore and it's not our fault about all the crap going on in Congress, Senate, and in Washington DC and we most certainly had nothing to do with the record budget deficit problems either. I sure do not like having our benefits whittled away to nothing. You want to promote us Federal workers doing a good job and so on, do it outside Washington DC since most Federal workers are way outside of that area.

Thu, Apr 21, 2011 jack

Respect? From where? I've haven't experienced much of it in recent memory (15 years). The general working public is jealous that our chosen life path has taken us to good benefits and a career. The Congress and the Senate want to destroy careers and distribute money and benefits (to people who haven't earned them) to appease the working public who've been conned into thinking we're all overpaid and useless. Ah....socialism at work. Welcome to the beginnings of the new world of universal mediocrity. Canola meal please. Hold the sugar. I wonder what this country will look like in 10 years.

Thu, Apr 21, 2011

At this rate congress will soon find how well it works to have many generals with no foot soldiers... ahh, but there are always those "obedient mercenaries" if and when you need them...

Thu, Apr 21, 2011 Joethefed Disneyland-East

I've been feeling like Rodney Dangerfield for many years now!

Thu, Apr 21, 2011 Paul St. Louis

In all fairness, I'm not getting excited about this. Why? Because all this type of activity in DC means nothing to those of us in the rest of the country. Promote public service in the rest of the country - focusing on DC seems narcissistic. Think about it, everyone slamming federal employees is from outside the beltway - shouldn't the promotion start there?

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