It’s Public Service Recognition Week, and we want to thank all public servants for their extraordinary work, which is especially critical now to protect the health and safety of our nation during the coronavirus pandemic.  

PSRW is organized annually by the Partnership for Public Service and Public Employees Roundtable to shine a spotlight on the important and often unsung work of federal, state and local government employees. The week is designated by a bipartisan Senate resolution, a “Dear Colleague” letter from Rep. Phil Roe to fellow House members and a letter of support from 12 Cabinet agency heads who signed on as honorary co-chairs.

To all public servants, thank you again for your support and your service to our country!

Yesterday, the Partnership for Public Service announced 27 finalists for the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. These outstanding federal employees are engaged in important work to strengthen our national defense, spur the economy, protect the environment and advance the health, safety and prosperity of our country.

The Service to America Medals are presented by the Partnership with special appreciation for Mrs. Ronnie F. Heyman and Family, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Chevron, Microsoft and the many other Sammies sponsors whose support makes the program possible.

See this year’s finalists at, and read about their incredible accomplishments in the finalist profiles, which include audio clips of the finalists discussing their work. You can also vote now for your favorite for the 2020 Sammies People’s Choice Award.

Please help us share the finalists’ stories of excellence in government service through your networks. @RPublicService #Sammies2020


Attend the 2020 Sammies Finalist Event

Axios and the Partnership are teaming up with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and bestselling author Michael Lewis to bring you a glimpse of the work by the 2020 finalists this Thursday, May 7, at 7 – 7:30 p.m. EDT.These unsung government heroes are working behind the scenes to address issues affecting the American public, from climate change and cybersecurity to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Register nowto receive the livestream link prior to the event.

#WhyIServe Survey

If you are a current federal employee, take the “Why I Serve” survey so we can highlight the importance of public service in our country. We’ll share these responses in a blog post and on the PSRW website this week. You can also share your responses on social media using #WhyIServe.

PSRW on We the Partnership

Throughout the week, we’ll be updating our blog with new posts with stories of public servants and tips to help you celebrate PSRW. Visit the blog.

White Board Campaign

Proclaim “I serve because…” or “I appreciate public servants because…” using the #PSRW templates.

Instagram Highlights

Follow @rpublicservice on Instagram for PSRW updates. We kicked off the week with a video message from Partnership President and CEO Max Stier thanking public servants.

  • Tuesday, May 5: Learn about “Digital Monuments,” a visual series created by a group of General Services Administration participants in the Partnership’s Excellence in Government program.
  • Wednesday, May 6: See how employees at the Department of Health and Human Services are celebrating PSRW as they take over our Instagram account.

Activity Pages for Children

Download activity sheets to help children celebrate public servants. Share their art on social media using #PSRW.

Connect on Social Media

Update your Facebook profile picture to thank public servants with the PSRW picture frame.

Be sure to let us know how your agency or organization is celebrating PSRW 2020 at @RPublicService or via email to