Honoring Our Public Servants.
Connecting Citizens with Their Government.

May 1–7, 2016

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. To receive updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (#PSRW).

Attend, Connect, Share

Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities 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.

Highlights from PSRW 2015 events in Washington, D.C. included a “Salute to Public Service” with the Washington Nationals, a congressional luncheon to congratulate the finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, our third annual Public Service 5K run/walk, and a Thunderclap message that reached more than 6.5 million people through social media.

We invite you to continuing sharing positive stories of public servants and their work by contributing Faces of Government profiles and Public Service White Board photos.

For additional suggestions and resources to participate in Public Service Recognition Week in your agency or community, visit our Celebration Toolkit page.


PSRW Message from President Obama

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Letter of support from the 2015 PSRW Co-chairs


U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Resolutions Honoring Public Servants

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) and James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.

The resolution (S. Res. 160) cosponsors are Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Gary Peters (D-Michigan).

U.S. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) and Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia) also introduced a bipartisan resolution (H. Res. 242) “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States during Public Service Recognition Week.”