Usually, Public Service Recognition Week is the one week in the year when federal employees get to enjoy praise for the hard work they do serving the public. This year, though, the annual federal employee lovefest has been a bit of a mixed bag.
On the one hand, the Partnership for Public Service revealed the finalists for the 2018 Service to America Medals — a great honor for some of the most innovative and hardworking feds. On the other hand, this week the American Federation of Government Employees released a letter, sent by Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon on May 4, which proposes changes to the federal retirement system.
Federal News Radio kicked off coverage of PSRW with a survey of federal employees, who shared their thoughts about the annual event. This page collects news stories, interviews, commentaries and multimedia about 2018’s festivities.
The Pentagon held its annual Spirit of Service Awards on Thursday, in light of Public Service Recognition Week, to honor a total of 26 Defense Department employees who “display the core qualities of honor, integrity and excellence in everything they do,” said Michael Rhodes, director of administration for the department’s Office of the Chief Management Officer. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and representatives of the departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps were also present to distribute awards.
The Partnership for Public Service recognized 27 finalists for this year’s Service to America Medal awards.
Margaret Weichert, OMB deputy director for management, explains how the government must modernize to meet the expectations of the 21st century.
Emily Murphy, the administrator of GSA, explains how her agency continues to live up to its founding principles through shared services.
Recent proposals to change the existing federal retirement system are just the beginning of coming recommendations from the Office of Personnel Management.
J. David Cox Sr., the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, offers this reminder of why we need to thank federal workers.
Agency leaders, lawmakers and members of the public are turning to social media to praise the hardworking federal workforce, as the nation marks Public Service Recognition Week.
Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon’s legislative proposals deserve debate. But talk about bad timing to release them!
So let’s take a break from bureaucrat bashing as Public Service Recognition Week runs now through Saturday.
Tony Reardon, the national president of the National Treasury Employees Union, encourages agencies to continue to be an attractive option for future generations.
While some feds genuinely appreciate the efforts during Public Service Recognition Week, many said the efforts seem insincere.
Terry Gerton is the president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration and said government cannot let the tech industry write the rules of the game.
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