Public Service Recognition Week

Public Service
Recognition Week

May 2-8, 2021

36 years of honoring public servants and connecting our government to the people it serves

#PSRW

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.

2021 Co-Chair Letter

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2021 House Resolution

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2021 Senate Resolution

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2021 White House Proclamation

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Federal government

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture

Americorps

Architect of the Capital

Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Department of State

Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Department of the Treasury

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor

Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior

Bureau of Trust Funds Administration, Department of the Interior

Central Intelligence Agency

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Council of Economic Advisors

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security

Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

Defense Contract Audit Agency, Department of Defense

Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Department of Defense

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of the Navy

Department of the Treasury

Department of Transportation

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of State

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of Veterans Affairs

Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State

Environmental Protection Agency

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Farm Credit Administration

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Federal Election Commission

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Federal Labor Relations Authority

Federal Maritime Commission

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Serve

Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, Department of Agriculture

Forest Service, Department of Agriculture

General Services Administration

Government Accountability Office

Internal Revenue Service. Department of the Treasury

Library of Congress

Merit Systems Protection Board

Millennium Challenge Corporation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Archives and Records Administration

National Credit Union Administration

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Gallery of Art

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce

National Park Service

National Science Foundation

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Office of Federal Student Aid, Department of Education

Office of Management and Budget

Office of Personnel Management

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Administration and Management, Department of Labor

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities.

Office of the United States Trade Representative

Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency

Peace Corps

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration

Securities and Exchange Commission

Selective Service System

Small Business Administration

Social Security Administration

Stennis Center for Public Service

Surface Transportation Board

Transportation Security Administration

United States Agency for International Development

United States Air Force

United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

United States Postal Service

United States Space Force

United States International Trade Commission

United States Railroad Retirement Board

U.S. Agency for Global Media

U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce

U.S. Mint, Department of the Treasury

U.S. Special Operations Command, Department of the Army

Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor

William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies

State and local government

Atlanta Police Department

Alameda County, Calif

Battery Park City Authority

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

California Department of General Services

California Department of Rehabilitation

California Department of Technology

California Department of Toxic Substances Control

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

California Department of Water Services

California Governer’s Office of Emergency Service

California Office of Systems Integration

CalRecycle

Campbell County, Va.

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Cetner

Citrus County, Fla.

City of Albany, N.Y.

City of Albemarle, N.C.

City of Alliance, Neb.

City of Andover, Mass.

City of Arkansas City, Kansas

City of Augusta, Kan.

City of Austin, Texas

City of Bakersfield, Calif.

City of Baltimore, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

City of Baton Rouge, La.

City of Boca Raton, Fla.

City of Brooklyn Park, Minn.

City of Ceres, Calif.

City of Cibolo, Texas

City of Columbia, S.C.

City of Columbus, Kansas

City of Detroit, Mich.

City of Downey, Calif.

City of Dunedin, Fla.

City of Dyersburg, Tenn.

City of Falls Church, Va.

City of Hallandale Beach, Fla.

City of Houston, Texas

City of La Porte, Texas

City of Mesquite, Texas

City of Ravenna, Ohio

City of San Antonio, Texas

City of Seattle

City of Selah, Wash.

City of South Fulton, Ga.

City of Rancho Cordova, Calif.

City of Richmond, Va.

City of San Marcos, Texas

City of Savannah, Ga.

City of Valdez, Alaska

City of Wentzville, Mo.

City of Wildwood, N.J.

City. of Woodbury, Minn.

Custer County Highway Department

Denton State Supported Living Center

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Florida Department of Revenue

Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility

Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board

HR, City of Sugar Land, Texas

Hillsborough County, Fla.

James City County, Va.

Kansas Department of Transportation

Kent County, Del.

King County, Wash.

Lubbock State Supported Living Center

Massachussets Trial Court

Monterey County, Calif.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

New Hampshire Veterans Home

New Jersey Department of Health

New Jersey Department of Labor

Office of Administration, State of Missouri

Office of Management and Budget, State of Delaware

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics

Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency

Parish of Caddo, La.

Pima County, Ariz.

Sacramento Area Council of Governments

San Diego County Water Authority

Sarpy County, Neb.

Seattle Department of Transportation

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Snohomish County District Court

South Carolina First Steps for School Readiness Board

Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institution

Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institution

State of Hawaii Treasury

Superior Court of Placer County, Calif.

Tampa Bay Water

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Health and Human Services

Town of Amherst, Mass.

Town of Elon, N.C.

Town of Ellington, Conn.

Town of Greeneville, Tenn.

Town of Summerville, S.C.

Township of Livingston, N.J.

Township of Mahwah, N.J.

Utah Division of Archives and Records Service

Village of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Village of Tinley Park, Ill.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

Wake County, N.C.

Washington Department of Services for the Blind

Washington State Employment Security Department

Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona

Wichita & Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Private sector

Accenture Federal Services

Bellwether Consulting

Cipla Limited

Cooperative Personnel Services, Inc.

Federalisms

Fors Marsh Group

GIC Trade, Inc.

Grant Thornton

Managament Concepts

Messtone

Partners in Peace

Perspecta

Qualtrics

Spring Dynamic

SVP Worldwide

Nonprofit

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

American Society for Public Administration

Association of Government Accountants

DonorsChoose

Enterprise Community Partners

Father Bill’s & MainSpring

Federal Asian Pacific American Council

International Association of Workforce Professionals

International City/Council Management Association

League of United Latin American Citizens

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

M&K Farms

Mosaic Muslim Federal Employee Association

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys

National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Professional Managers Association

Robertson Foundation for Government

Senior Executives Association

Society for Human Resource Management

Southeast Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission

Wall Community First Aid Squad

Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies

Education

National Urban Fellows

Isabela State University Biological Society

Mitchell County 4-H Youth Development

Stephen Knolls School

The Evergreen State College

Texas A&M University

University of Arkansas

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs

University of Maryland

University of Washington Tacoma Professional Development Center

Join the Celebration

Our 2021 events will be held virtually, but we’re still planning to celebrate Public Service Recognition Week. You may also submit a virtual event for consideration into the calendar.

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Learn more about the 2021 Sammies Finalists

CNN’s “New Day” announced the 2021 Service to America Medals finalists on Sunday, May 2. Learn more about them and vote for your favorite story to win the People’s Choice Award.

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Join the #IServeBecause Campaign

If you are a current federal employee, we encourage you to take the “I Serve Because” survey so we can share your responses during PSRW and highlight the importance of public service in our country.

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Tools and Resources

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.

Celebration Toolkit #GovPossible Toolkit PSRW Logo 2021 PSRW Banner PSRW Certificate Example PSRW Certificate Template

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 Capitol Hill Local Chapters Teachers

Share a #PSRW photo on social media

Use one of our white board templates to write why you serve or support public serviants. Take a picture and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

I Serve Because… I Appreciate Public Servants Because…

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.

Social Posts Photo Challenge #PSRW Gif Sticker General Thank You First Responder Thank You Virtual Background

Events


2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals Finalists

Partnership for Public Service

On Wednesday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Axios Managing Editor for Politics Margaret Talev and the Partnership for Public Service are teaming up with Tony-nominated actress Adrienne Warren to bring you a glimpse of the work by the 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals finalists and a special message from President Joe Biden.

May 5, 2021

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Rebuilding our institutions: A conversation with democracy’s caretakers

Partnership for Public Service

To celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, the Partnership is hosting a virtual event on Thursday, May 6, from 12–1 p.m. EDT featuring a special panel discussion with four former national security leaders. The panelists will talk about what it means to lead in government, why it is time for a renewed call to public service, and how Congress and the federal workforce can help rebuild our democratic institutions. 

May 6, 2021

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Celebrating Public Servants on the Front Lines and Behind the Scenes

Volcker Alliance

On May 4 from 2-3 p.m. EDT, during Public Service Recognition Week, Volcker Alliance Board Chair and former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley will lead a discussion with public servants who—in different parts of the country, in varying roles, but with the same unwavering commitment to the common good—are responding to myriad challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will reflect on their work over the past year; highlight some of the innovations expected to outlast the pandemic and improve government services for the better; and offer insights on what it is like to serve the public at this critical time in our nation’s history.

May 4, 2021

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Feds in Motion 35 Challenge

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund

The Feds In Motion 35 Challenge kicks off Public Service Recognition Week (#PSRW) and is all about moving in your favorite way — walk, run, bike, swim, or roll your wheelchair on your favorite route — to reach the goal of 35 miles (or more!) in 35 days. Participants get T-shirts, certificates, prizes, and other cool swag. Participate on your own or with family, friends or coworkers. The challenge runs until June 2 and includes five Wellness Wednesday lunchtime virtual events. All registration proceeds go to the he Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund’s disaster relief, emergency hardship loan, and scholarship programs.

May 2–June 2, 2021

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FedUpward Podcast Recognizes Sammies Winners

The FedUpward Podcast

The FedUpward Podcast will release a series of episodes featuring winners of the Service to America Medals, as well as other feds, highlighting accomplishments of the diverse, amazing workforce that serves our nation. Episodes will be available at FedUpward.com, and via Apple, Spotify and iHeartRadio podcast apps.

May 2, 2021

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Feds Across America Day

Federal Executive Boards

President Kennedy established Federal Executive Boards (FEB) in 1961 to improve communication and coordination between Federal agencies outside of Washington, DC.  There are 28 FEBs in metropolitan areas with significant Federal populations.  Each year during PSRW, FEBs recognize high-performing Federal employees in their local communities and highlight innovative efforts that advance the missions of Federal agencies.  Award nominations are reviewed by leadership panels using criteria for a variety of categories, such as: Leadership, Customer Service, Community Service, Diversity and Inclusion, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Military/Military Support, Extraordinary Contributions in the Accomplishment of Agency Mission, Administrative Support, and Law Enforcement.

May 4, 2021

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2021 Excellence in Government Awards Program

Oklahoma Federal Executive Board

The Excellence in Government Awards Program, sponsored by the Oklahoma Federal Executive Board, recognizes current military, postal, and federal civilian employees for their individual and team accomplishments both in the workplace and the community at large across the state of Oklahoma.

May 4, 2021

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Videos

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.

President Joe Biden

Max Stier

Partnership President and CEO

James-Christian Blockwood

Partnership Executive Vice President

#IServeBecause

“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

Partners

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

General Services Administration