Public Service Recognition Week


For more than 30 years, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) has served as a dedicated opportunity to celebrate public servants across the country and throughout the public sector. Federal, state and local employees, city managers, fire/EMS professionals, nonprofit experts and more are all honored during this time for the ways in which they support and care for members of the public.

Nationally, PSRW touches millions of people—but did you know that ASPA and its members play a significant role?

This year, Chapters, Sections and other groups from across the country will be holding events that will celebrate PSRW through awards, lectures and conferences, touching more than 1,000 ASPA members and constituents.

No matter the size of your organization, there are ways you can get involved, from issuing proclamations from your town to writing op-eds for your local paper to organizing a letter-writing campaign for your local public servants. Public Employees Roundtable, the group that organizes PSRW, has an online toolkit to walk you through these and other options.



Whatever you do and however you engage, make sure you tell ASPA about it so we can include your group's actions/events/news on this page and in our other PSRW publications!

For more information about this event, please visit the PSRW website and search Twitter for #PSRW.

Questions? Contact ASPA's communications chief, Karen Garrett



Ways to Get Involved in D.C.

The Public Employees Roundtable (PER) is sponsoring a number of events in the D.C. area to celebrate PSRW. Visit their website for details about events including:
  • Public Service Charity 5K Run/Walk Supporting FEEA—ASPA members can participate in this event virtually by sponsoring their own local walk/run. More information is online here.
  • Share information about the 2017 Sammies (Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Awards). Finalists for the 2017 Sammies will be announced at a congressional breakfast on Capitol Hill. Help share their stories of excellence in government service using #Sammies2017.
  • Washington Nationals Government Employee Appreciation Night, an annual baseball game honoring public servants, will take place Thursday, May 25. All government employees with valid ID can receive discounted tickets to this game. Pre-game activities will include tributes to public servants in attendance.

More information is available on the PSRW website.