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Government employees celebrate Public Service Recognition Week

May. 3, 2013 - 04:22PM   |  
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Federal, state and local government employees celebrate Public Service Recognition Week this year from May 5-11.

Organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER), events launch Sunday with the first annual Public Service 5K run/walk in Washington. Proceeds are to benefit the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund.

Also planned by PER:

■May 6 — A town hall discussion will be webcast from Washington with federal agency leaders about the vital services agencies deliver, how they communicate that value to the American people, and ways to engage and motivate employees during times of tough budget cuts and pay freezes. Go to to register or submit a question to the panel.

■May 7 — Thirty finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals will be announced.

■May 8 — Take a Future Fed to Work Day. Feds are encouraged to bring their sons and daughters to work to highlight the jobs that federal employees perform for the American people. Check with your agency’s human-resources office for details.

Federal Executive Boards in cities across the nation also sponsor events honoring public service. Among them:

■Baltimore — A total of 381 Maryland federal employees, project teams and military service members in 20 award categories were recognized at a May 3 luncheon.

■Boston — Two hundred Boston-area feds will be honored at a May 8 celebration at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Awards events are also being held in field locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, western Massachusetts and Vermont, courtesy of the Federal Executive Associations.

■Cleveland — Sixty-seven employees from 15 agencies across northern Ohio will be honored at the May 10 Annual Wings of Excellence Awards Program and Luncheon.

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