Federal employees often feel like they are the subject only of negative stories in the media. Meanwhile, federal agencies are either reluctant or unsure of how to share all the good news and success stories happening with their employees. In honor of the 31st annual Public Service Recognition Week, Federal News Radio partnered with the Office of Personnel Management to change both of those paradigms. We interviewed eight federal employees from an assortment of agencies with the goal of highlighting all that is right and working in government and with the employees. As Public Service Recognition Week kicked off May 1, this annual celebration of government’s impact on the country comes at a time when employee engagement and satisfaction has started to creep in the right direction. This year’s theme, Connecting Citizens with Their Government, continues the mantra of the past 15 years of making the government citizen centric. All of the federal employees we highlighted are strong examples of how people make public service matter and impactful.
Beth Cobert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, wants more people to know about the hard, important work federal employees do every day.
Dr. Scott Borg, head of the Antarctic sciences section within the National Science Foundation, says he enjoys not only the scientific research he's conducted, but his contribution to the development of students in their university education.
Cheryl Coleman had a passion for public service instilled in her growing up. It comes from her family, many of whom were all teachers. After 25 years working in state government, Coleman came to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she oversees the agency's efforts to reduce food waste nationwide.
JoAnn Slama Lighty, division director for Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), at the National Science Foundation, says she enjoys her work at the intersection of science and innovation.
Brian Morales discusses some of his career highlights as chief of the Criminal Justice Division of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State.
Joel Scheraga never expected he'd one day become one of the EPA's leading voices on climate change. From planetary geo-physics, to economics,to academia, Scheraga took advice from his dad and decided to go down an unexpected path.
Dr. Linda Sparke gets to "gawk at space hardware" as part of her job as research program manager in astrophysics at NASA,
Foreign Affairs Officer Roxanna Vigil shares her thoughts about being a public servant with Federal News Radio.
The weather might be damp and chilly, but federal employees can warm up to what’s happening next week. Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss Public Service Recognition Week and the upcoming announcement of the finalists in the Service to America Medals competition.
Public Service Recognition Week is a reminder that for every jerk there are thousands of quality people working hard for citizens. Tim McManus the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what people can expect.