Celebrating Public Service Recognition Week

NTEU is proud to celebrate the 36th annual Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which began yesterday.

To kick off the event, National President Tony Reardon has a special video message for NTEU members:

Celebrated the first full week of May since 1985, PSRW is a time set aside each year to honor the integral role of federal, state, county and local government employees.

On Friday, President Biden issued a proclamation to commemorate the beginning of PSRW and thank federal employees for their service.

“In the face of unprecedented challenges this past year, America’s dedicated public servants have risen to the moment — bringing strength, healing, and hope to their communities and to our nation,” the proclamation read.  “Our public servants are a living reminder that, here in America, we take care of one another and leave no one behind.”

There are also House and Senate resolutions detailing the numerous contributions made by government employees and members of the uniformed services and recognizing them for their commitment to public service. Read them here

This year, federal employees can celebrate PSRW while getting fit and helping their colleagues in need. The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund’s (FEEA) virtual ‘Feds in Motion 35 Challenge’ officially started yesterday, but you can still register for the event. Participants can walk, run, bike, swim or roll their wheelchair 35 miles (or more!) through June 5. NTEU is a proud sponsor of the fundraiser for FEEA’s disaster relief, emergency hardship loan and scholarship programs. 

And this Wednesday, the finalists for the “Sammies” will be celebrated during a virtual event. Known as the “Oscars” of public service, the Sammies recognize exceptional federal employees for their significant contributions to their fields. As a member of the awards selection committee, President Tony Reardon has the difficult task of helping to select award winners from hundreds of extraordinary nominees. This year’s honors include a COVID-19 Response medal to recognize the efforts of federal employees combating the pandemic.