Celebrated the first full week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside each year to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. Throughout the country, elected officials, agency leaders, and public service organizations participate in PSRW by issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies and special tribute events, and delivering messages about the value of public service.
On May 4, President Trump issued a proclamation for PSRW, noting that federal employees underpin nearly all the operations of our government and that their contributions strengthen our country and make a profound difference in the lives of all Americans. The proclamation also pointed out how critical it is for federal workers to provide excellent service and wise stewardship of taxpayer resources, and referenced the President’s Management Agenda that emphasizes oversight of the workforce.
On April 26, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution, S. Res. 495, introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and 21 cosponsors, expressing the sense of the Senate that, during PSRW, public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States. The resolution detailed the numerous contributions made by government employees and members of the uniformed services and recognized them for their unyielding dedication to, and enthusiasm for, public service. Representatives Robert Wittman (R-VA) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) introduced the House companion resolution, H. Res. 867, on May 1.
NTEU National President Tony Reardon and I want to join our nation’s leaders and thank you once again for your dedication and service to our country.