Public Service Recognition Week (2023)

Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local and tribal government employees.

2022 Co-Chair Letter


2022 House Resolution


2022 Senate Resolution


2022 White House Proclamation


Sign up for Public Service Recognition Week

By signing up for PSRW, you will be featured on the participating organizations page and will receive PSRW updates and materials.

See the 2022 participating organizations

Federal government

AARP Veterans, Military & their families Advisory Committee

Administrative Office of the United States Courts

Adminstration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

American Postal Workers Union

American Postal Workers Union

Bureau of Land Management

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Department of Agriculture

Department of Education

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of the Navy

Department of the Treasury

Department of Transportation

Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Chief Strategy Office

Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, Department of Education

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Federal Election Comission

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Executive Board

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Federal Labor Relations Authority

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

General Services Administration

Health Resources & Services Administration

Human Capital Office

Internal Revenue Service

Logistics Management Institute

Management Consolidated Business Center, Department of Energy

National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys

National Association of State Chief Information Officers

National Energy Technology Laboratory

National Park Service

National Personnel Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration

National Security Forum

New Hampshire Insurance Department

Office of Personnel Management

(Video) 2022 Public Service Recognition Week

Office of Research Affairs

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Office of the United States Trade Representative

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Personnel Cabinet

Plant Protection and Quarantine, Department of Agriculture

Professional Managers Association

Public Broadcasting Service

Social Security Administration

Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army

Transportation Security Administration

U.S. Agency for Global Media

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. ArmySpecial Operations Command

United States Courts

United States District Court

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Peace Corps

Small Business Administration

Veterans Benefits Administration

Washington Headquarters Services

William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies

State and local government

California Tahoe Conservancy

City of Alliance, NE

City of Augusta, GA

City of Boca Raton, FL

City of Columbia, SC

City of Dallas, TX

City of Detroit, MI

City of Flushear, TX

City of Garland, TX

City of Gulfport, MS

City of Hartford, CT

City of High Point, NC

City of Houston, TX

City of Lakeland, FL

City of Laporte, TX

City of Manhattan Beach, CA

City of Marble Falls, TX

City of Memphis, TN

City of Morgantown, WV

City of Norwalk, IA

City of Oak Park, MI

City of Pittsburgh, PA

City of Rancho Cordova, CA

City of Ravenna, OH

City of Red Wing, MN

City of Roseville, CA

City of San Antonio, TX

City of San Marcos, TX

City of Seattle, WA

City of South Daytona, FL

City of St. Charles, IL

City of Toledo, OH

City of Troy, MI

City of Valdez, AK

City of Vancouver, Canada

City of Victoria Municipal Court, TX

City of West University Place, TX

City of Wildwood, NJ

Colorado Judicial Branch – 18th Judicial District Douglas County

Cook County Assessor’s Office, IL

County of Wyoming, NY

D.C. Department of Human Services

Denton State Supported Living Center

Department of Administration, NV

Department of Banking and Securities, PA

Department of Environmental Quality, VA

Department of Health and Human Services, TX

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Department of Public Health, KY

Department of Real Estate, CA

Department of State, NY

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LA

Department of Labor and Workforce Development, NJ

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, DE

Fairfax County Government, VA

Franklin County Job and Family Services, OH

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, CA

James City County Parks and Recreation, VA

Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, VA

Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, WV

Louisiana Deartment of Health

Madison County, IL

Maricopa County, AZ

Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center

Minnesota Senate

Monterey County, CA

New Hampshire Veterans Home

North County Transit District, CA

North County Transit District, CA

North County Transit District, CA

Oregon Employment Department

Parish of Caddo, LA

Parish of La Plata, MD

Pine County, MN

Pitkin County, CO

Potomac River Transportation Company

Rappahannock Rapidan Health District, VA

Seminole County, FL

Snohomish County, WA

South Orange Village, NJ

St. Louis Federal Executive Board, MO

St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, CO

State Controller’s Office, CA

State of Indiana

State of Oregon

State of Virginia

State of Wisconsin

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Thurston County, WA

Town of Maynard, MA

Town of McCordesville, IN

Town of Smithfield, VA

Town of Windham, ME

Township of Proviso, IL

Travis County, TX

Veterans Affairs Department of Juvenile Justice, Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center

Village of Hoffman Estates, IL

Village of Mount Horeb, WI

Village of Schaumburg, IL

Village of Tinley Park, IL

Virginia Department of Health

Yolo County Health Services, CA

Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, CA

Yolo County, CA

Private sector

Accenture Federal Services

Alexandria Renew Enterprises

Banks & Banks Consulting Co., LLC

Bellwether Consulting

Cipla Limited

Cooperative Personnel Services, Inc.


Fors Marsh Group


Partners in Peace II

CG Worldwide

Miles2Go Seminars and Consulting



AIDS Healthcare Foundation

American Society for Public Administration

Association of Government Accountants


Employees Club of California

Enterprise Community Partners

Father Bill’s & MainSpring

Federal Asian Pacific American Council

Federal Managers Association

GJ Holding

Mosaic Muslim Federal Employee Association


Society for Human Resource Management

Southeast Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission

The Volcker Alliance

Wall Community First Aid Squad

Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies

(Video) Public Service Recognition Week 2022

Hobby School of Public Affairs

Schaefer Center for Public Policy, The University of Baltimore

The Evergreen State College

Texas A&M University

University of Arkansas

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs

University of Maryland

University of Washington Tacoma Professional Development Center

Join the Celebration

We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Join our PSRW event virtually, and submit your events for consideration on our calendar.

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Learn more about the Sammies

Our 2022 finalists have been announced. Learn more about the program, register for updates and read the stories of our honorees.

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Hear from government leaders about how they are working to rebuild trust in government and celebrate the work of outstanding public servants.

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Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations show appreciation to government employees by issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies, sharing stories of excellence in public service and more.

Public Service Recognition Week (1)

How to Celebrate PSRW

There are many simple, low-cost ways to celebrate public servants in your community during Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). Ideas range from sending letters to public employees to organizing a celebration showcasing the work of government agencies in your local area. Our guide provides a full list of suggestions and actions you can take during the week.

Celebration ToolkitPSRW Logo2022 PSRW BannerPSRW Certificate ExamplePSRW Certificate Template#GovPossible Toolkit

Public Service Recognition Week (2)

Audience Guides

Our tailored guides for federal agencies, Capitol Hill, local chapters and teachers provide specific recommendations for what you can do to celebrate federal workers during #PSRW.

Federal AgenciesLocal ChaptersTeachersCapitol Hill

Public Service Recognition Week (3)

Use one of our white board templates to write why you serve or support public serviants. Take a picture and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

I Serve Because…I Appreciate Public Servants Because…

Public Service Recognition Week (4)

Activities for children

Share the #PSRW celebration with your little ones! Print out these activity sheets for your kids to enjoy during all of this time at home.

Word SearchColoring Sheet“Thank You” Coloring Sheet

Public Service Recognition Week (5)

Try out our sample posts and images on social media! You can use our #PSRW graphic on Facebook or add a fun sticker to your Instagram story. Browse through all our templates for agencies, public servants and more.

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Upcoming Events

Celebrating Public Service and Rebuilding Trust in Government

Partnership for Public Service

The Partnership for Public Service invites you to attend our Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) kickoff event, Celebrating Public Service and Rebuilding Trust in Government. Join us on Monday, May 2, from 10 – 11:30 am EDT for a virtual discussion exploring our latest research on why trust in government matters.

May 2, 2022

Feds in Motion Challenge

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund

Our Feds In Motion Challenge kicks off Public Service Recognition Week (#PSRW) and is all about moving in your favorite way — walk, run, bike, swim, or roll your wheelchair on your favorite route — to reach the goal of 36 miles (or more!) in 36 days.

May 1–June 5, 2022

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(Video) PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK 2022 | City of High Point


President Joe Biden and Partnership leadership say thank you to our public servants! We encourage government and community leaders to record similar messages that people can post, tweet and share all throughout #PSRW.

President Joe Biden

Max Stier

Partnership President and CEO

James-Christian Blockwood

Partnership Executive Vice President


“While making an impact within public service is often a marathon and not a sprint, knowing that my work makes a difference is something I value tremendously. While it may not be glamorous to ensure publicly funded programs are correctly managed and taxpayer money is handled correctly, it comes with a tremendous sense of duty I have not experienced in the private sector.”

Kyle B., GSA

“Public service is important to me because I like helping people, especially those who may be at greater risk to physical or environmental hazards. I also find it important to be a voice for that which can’t speak up for itself – namely the natural environment: plants, trees, rivers, lakes and animals of all kind.”

Bryan F., EPA

“I worked for years in the private sector, and I was never satisfied; although, I was well paid. My country is important to me, and public service allows me to join the fight to keep our country and the Constitution alive!”

Amy M., DOD

“I believe it is very important to take care of the people not only in our country, but also in the communities in which we live. I think if it were not for our public service personnel, this country wouldn’t be able to continue to function and go on as it has during this crisis and every crisis that has occurred before it.”

Sonsauray D., IRS


Who established Public Service Recognition Week? ›

It was not until 1985 that Public Service Recognition Week was introduced by President Ronald Reagan.

What is Public Service Week? ›

Every year since 1985, the first week of May has been set aside as Public Service Recognition Week, a time to thank dedicated public servants from Federal, state and local governments across the country.

What is the role of a public servant? ›

Public servants work for government and for citizens.

They're responsible to the elected government, not a political party. They develop and deliver public programs or services, inform policy-making, and provide evidence-based advice to leaders.


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