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Public Service Recognition Week events on National Mall canceled

Apr. 21, 2011 - 01:18PM   |  
By MARKIE HARWOOD   |   Comments
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Dianne Sebelius will be a part of a panel to discuss the perceptions of government and the value of public services.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Dianne Sebelius will be a part of a panel to discuss the perceptions of government and the value of public services. ()

There will be no celebration of Public Service Recognition Week on the National Mall in Washington this year.

The 2011 budget, passed by Congress April 7, contains no funding for the event, according to Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service.

The Partnership hosts Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), May 1-7, with the Public Employees Roundtable. Congress historically appropriated $150,000 for the event, and while other funding sources are available, Congress' decision "impacted our ability to do something," Stier said.

He emphasized that other events recognizing public servants across the nation will continue.

"It's important to identify the upside" of what the public sector is doing and to share that with all Americans, Stier said.

It is especially important this year, when the threat of a government shutdown was a "demotivator" for many in the federal workforce, he said.

The Partnership plans a May 3 town hall discussion with agency leaders about the perceptions of government, the value of public services and the importance of communicating that value to the American people.

The panel discussion, to be moderated by ABC News Contributor Cokie Roberts, will feature Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson and Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry.

Federal Executive Boards across the country also host Public Service Recognition Week events.

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