Federal Employees News Digest
Feds honored during Public Service Recognition Week
- By FEND Staff
- May 15, 2017
Celebrated since 1985, last week marked the 32nd annual Public Service Recognition Week, which aims to honor federal, state, county and local government employees.
From May 7-13, events throughout the country were held to pay tribute civil servants and the work they do for their communities and the country.
In Washington, D.C., for example, events included the fifth annual Public Service 5K run/walk, a happy hour social, public service appreciation games with D.C. United and the Washington Nationals and a congressional breakfast to congratulate the finalists of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.
Annually, the president releases a proclamation for the week. President Trump continued the tradition, and also took the time encourage federal employees to support his reform efforts.
He said: “Throughout my first 100 days, I have seen the tremendous work civil servants do to fulfill our duty to the American people. At all levels of government, our public servants put our country and our people first. The hard work of our mail carriers, teachers, firefighters, transit workers, and many more, creates an environment that allows individuals and companies to thrive.”
Trump continued: “In March, I issued an Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. I am counting on our civil servants to seize upon that order and make our government dramatically more accountable, effective, and efficient, by going beyond the modernization efforts of the past and re-examining the operational core of our executive departments and agencies. Together, through these and other efforts, we will fulfill our responsibilities to make our government work better for the American people.”
May is also National Military Appreciation Month.