Public Service Recognition Week

Public Service Recognition Week

Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local and tribal government employees.

Download the PSRW celebration toolkit

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Sign up for Public Service Recognition Week

By signing up for PSRW, you will be featured on the participating organizations page below and will receive PSRW updates and materials.

See the 2023 participating organizations

Tools and Downloads

Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations show appreciation to government employees by issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies, sharing stories of excellence in public service and more.

How to Celebrate PSRW

There are many simple, low-cost ways to celebrate public servants in your community during Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). Ideas range from sending letters to public employees to organizing a celebration showcasing the work of government agencies in your local area. Our guide provides a full list of suggestions and actions you can take during the week.

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Audience Guides

Our tailored guides for federal agencies, Capitol Hill, local chapters and teachers provide specific recommendations for what you can do to celebrate federal workers during #PSRW.

Federal Agencies Local Chapters Teachers Capitol Hill

Activities for children

Share the #PSRW celebration with your little ones! Print out these activity sheets for your kids to enjoy during all of this time at home.

Word Search Coloring Sheet “Thank You” Coloring Sheet

Social Media Toolkit

Try out our sample posts and images on social media! You can use our #PSRW graphic on Facebook or add a fun sticker to your Instagram story. Browse through all our templates for agencies, public servants and more.

Sample Posts 2024 PSRW Gif General Thank You First Responder Thank You Virtual Background

2023 White House Proclamation


2023 House Resolution


2023 Senate Resolution


2023 Co-chair Letter


Thank a Public Servant

Our government leaders say thank you to our public servants who create positive impacts on our lives every day. We encourage you to participate in our gratitude wall by sharing your story about a public servant who has personally impacted your life and whom you would like to thank.

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Resources for Individuals


Tune in to the Profiles in Public Service podcast, which shares compelling stories about the public servant leaders driving government’s most important accomplishments and impacting communities across the country.

Sammies finalists show how we can build trust in government

Service to America Medals

Our 2024 finalists will be announced Monday, May 8th. Learn more about the program, register for updates and read the stories of our honorees

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Go Government

Explore the federal hiring process 

This site is designed to be your guide as you consider, apply, and secure federal employment. We’ll help you research federal agencies and government careers as well as provide practical tips for completing your application.

Learn more

Five Stories of Public Service

Every other Wednesday, our new newsletter will share five stories that highlight the ways in which civil servants working in cities and towns across the country are keeping us safe, healthy and prosperous.


Resources for Organizations

Submit a PSRW Event

Share your event with us to be listed on our events page. 

Submit your event

#GovPossible Campaign

Do you know a team of public servants or an individual who has done exceptional work this past year? Have they made the impossible possible? The team invites you to celebrate PSRW by sharing what public servants do each day to make things #GovPossible!  

Participate in the #GovPossible campaign

FEB Award Winners 2024

The Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) are the cornerstone of Federal presence across the United States. Currently organized into 26 boards, across four regions, with plans for expansion, they form a bridge between Washington, DC and local Federal communities.  

Learn about the 2024 winners

Call to Serve

Our Call to Serve Network—the only national system that collaborates with both federal agencies and hundreds of higher education institutions—works to promote federal service and recruit the next generation of public servants.

Become a member

Message for Trust Tip Sheet

Read about the eight ways federal agencies can communicate more effectively to build greater trust in government.

Read the tips

2024 Events

May 1, 2024

Feds in Motion Challenge

The 4th Annual Feds In Motion Challenge kicks off on May 1, 2024, continues during Public Service Recognition Week (#PSRW) May 5-11, and keeps on going through June 6. It’s all about moving in your favorite way—walk, run, bike, swim, or roll your wheelchair on your favorite route—to reach the goal of 37 miles (or more!) in 37 days.

Register now

May 7, 2024

The Impact of Federal Service on Local Communities

Please join the Partnership for Public Service for a virtual conversation exploring what federal employees and federal services can mean for communities across the country and why this support is integral to reinvigorating faith in the public institution most critical to our democracy.

Register now

June 11, 2024

Join us on June 11, in Washington, D.C., for the Partnership for Public Service’s second annual Trust Summit.   

Civil servants—a hallmark of American democracy—are responsible for issues vital to the health of our nation, from ensuring national security to administering health insurance programs to conserving public land. There are reasonable approaches for improving government’s ability to meet our country’s needs, manage its workforce and deliver services, but mounting calls to decimate the civil service and return to a time when jobs were won through party loyalty will not only make our government less effective but less fair, transparent and accountable. A more political government is not a more effective government.   

This year, the Partnership’s second annual Trust Summit will explore the importance of a nonpartisan, merit-based civil service to ensuring an effective and trustworthy democracy. We’ll cover the latest data on the current state of public trust in government, the role of the civil service in our democracy, and new approaches and opportunities to safeguard career civil servants. 

Learn more


President Joe Biden and Partnership leadership say thank you to our public servants! We encourage government and community leaders to record similar messages that people can post, tweet and share all throughout #PSRW.

Energy Deputy Secretary David Turk and Housing & Urban Development Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman joined a panel with other federal workforce officials at the Partnership for Public Service for a discussion on public service recruitment and career opportunities.

Watch on CSPAN

President Joe Biden

Max Stier

Partnership President and CEO

James-Christian Blockwood

Partnership Executive Vice President


“While making an impact within public service is often a marathon and not a sprint, knowing that my work makes a difference is something I value tremendously. While it may not be glamorous to ensure publicly funded programs are correctly managed and taxpayer money is handled correctly, it comes with a tremendous sense of duty I have not experienced in the private sector.”

Kyle B., GSA

“Public service is important to me because I like helping people, especially those who may be at greater risk to physical or environmental hazards. I also find it important to be a voice for that which can’t speak up for itself – namely the natural environment: plants, trees, rivers, lakes and animals of all kind.”

Bryan F., EPA

“I worked for years in the private sector, and I was never satisfied; although, I was well paid. My country is important to me, and public service allows me to join the fight to keep our country and the Constitution alive!”

Amy M., DOD

“I believe it is very important to take care of the people not only in our country, but also in the communities in which we live. I think if it were not for our public service personnel, this country wouldn’t be able to continue to function and go on as it has during this crisis and every crisis that has occurred before it.”

Sonsauray D., IRS


Public Service Recognition Week is hosted annually by the Public Employees Roundtable and its member organizations.

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