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Celebrate with us: May 3 - 9, 2020 is Public Service Recognition Week



Celebrated the first full week in May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Throughout the nation and the world, public servants use this occasion to educate others about the work they do and why they have chosen public service careers, as well as the many ways government services make life better for all of us.

From the steps of the Capitol to the smallest towns, public servants will participate in ceremonies, information fairs, parades and other events in their honor. At the same time, they will work to open new avenues of communication with the public about the essential value of government service in sustaining the quality of American life.


We hope you will join this year’s PSRW celebration. We understand that many celebrants around the country often have very limited budgets, time and space to carry out a PSRW celebration, and so we developed this guide to help you observe in a low-cost way Public Service Recognition Week in your communities.

Additional resources and sample document templates are available in the appendix of this document to help facilitate your participation in PSRW whether you are from a government agency, Federal Executive Board (FEB), military base or school. In particular, these online resources provide ideas and tools to help you reach out to your community, the media and local educators.

Many of the ideas are simple, fun and inexpensive. Others require more coordination, planning and preparation. Whatever you do, it’s a step toward public servants receiving the respect and appreciation they deserve.

How You Can Help


During PSRW, the Partnership and PER hope that public employees use the week to educate citizens about the work they do and why they have chosen public service careers, as well as the many ways government services make life better for the American people. Specifically, the goals of the program are to:

  • Connect and educate citizens nationwide to the work of their government.
  • Improve the perception and morale of federal workers and other public servants.
  • Help inspire a new generation of public servants.


PSRW is the perfect time to inform the American people about what public employees do, why they do it and how well they do it. Additionally, we want to foster pride among public servants and introduce the public to the wide range of employment opportunities in government. Event attendees will walk away with the following key messages:

  • Government workers are doing important work that positively affects all of us every day.
  • Government needs people like you to address the incredible challenges our nation is facing.
  • Public servants deserve thanks for working diligently on our behalf.
  • Government service is public service.


Use PSRW to reach a wide range of audiences and build new partnerships with other public employees, associations, community organizations and private corporations. The image of public employees is strengthened when citizens see us working in cooperation with each other and with the community. Consider collaborating with any of the following groups when formulating your PSRW plans:

  • Federal Executive Boards (http://feb.gov), which represent federal offices located outside Washington, D.C.;
  • Public employee unions;
  • Local chapters of public employee member associations, e.g., ASPA, NARFE (please see psrw.org for a complete list with contact details);
  • Military bases;
  • Local affiliates of government organizations, e.g, National Association of Counties, National Governors Association, National League of Cities;
  • Local Combined Federal Campaigns;
  • College and university students;
  • Public elementary and secondary schools;
  • Local businesses that can display posters or sponsor your events;
  • Citizen support groups like the PTA, League of Women Voters and Better Government Association;
  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Explorers and other youth groups who care about good citizenship;
  • Civic groups like Kiwanis, Rotary International, Masonic lodges and others who may welcome speakers on good government during PSRW;
  • Local law enforcement departments and affiliates of national associations; and
  • Local government offices such as the Mayor’s office, Health Department, Veteran’s Affairs, etc.

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