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6 Obama officials to lead public sector recognition

By Ed O'Keefe

Bus ads similar to this are around Washington ahead of next week. (Courtesy the Partnership for Public Service)

Six Obama administration officials will serve as the honorary co-chairs of this year's Public Service Recognition Week, the first time that government officials have led the annual series of events to honor and thank public sector workers at the federal, state and local level.

The festivities begin next Tuesday with a Senate hearing on attracting and retaining federal workers and continues later with exhibits on the Mall from more than 100 federal civilian and military agencies on Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Next Friday hundreds of astronauts, firefighters, police officers and members of the military will meet with Washington-area students on the Mall. A federal job fair will be held there on Saturday and a letter writing project for service members serving abroad will be held on Sunday.

The week's festivities are backed by the White House and Congress, who consider them a good opportunity to talk about government service, according to the Partnership for Public Service, the nonpartisan think tank sponsoring the week's events with 16 other good government groups.

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki will serve as the week's co-chairs.

Al Gore visited the festivities as vice president as did other Clinton and Bush administration officials, but officials have never held such roles in the 25-year history of PSRW.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 26, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Congress, Workplace Issues  
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