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Stier's latest defense of federal workers

By Ed O'Keefe

As Public Service Recognition Week draws to a close, Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service pens another Washington Post op-ed in defense of federal workers.

Some key passages:

Yes, our government can and should improve. As with any endeavor, problems arise, things go wrong and some employees fail to make the grade. But as a nation, and particularly during such difficult times, it is in everyone's interest to play a part in making our government more effective, not tearing down its workers or resorting to stereotypes.
As Public Service Recognition Week comes to a close, we should reflect on the importance of the people working in government and the roles they play in so many areas we often take for granted -- defending the homeland, caring for veterans, ensuring elderly and disabled people get their Medicare benefits, and protecting our food and drug supplies.
We need to reconnect Americans to their government. People need to better understand that public servants are their friends and neighbors who are helping address our collective challenges here and abroad.
It is easy to characterize public servants as paper-pushing bureaucrats. Yet in so many cases that is far from the reality. The workers I mentioned, like many others in government, have answered the call to serve our nation and have placed public service over personal gain. They deserve our support and thanks -- not our distrust.

Stier has written similar op-eds for other publications in the past.

Read the full op-ed and leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 8, 2010; 9:27 AM ET
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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