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Cabinet members honor feds

The power of Public Service Recognition Week will be demonstrated Tuesday morning when three members of President Obama’s cabinet participate in a town hall meeting on “doing more with less during budget cuts.”


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, along with General Services Administration Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, are scheduled to speak at the forum sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. (The Washington Post has a content sharing relationship with the Partnership).

Public Service Recognition Week has been celebrated during the first full week of May since 1985, when it was started by the Public Employees Roundtable.

In addition to the officials at the forum, 15 members of the Obama cabinet, serving as cochairs of the recognition week, signed a letter inviting the nation to thank public servants for the “care, dedication and hard work they deliver on our behalf each and every day.”

The officials said “some of the sharpest minds and most compassionate people can be found in the federal government workforce...Yet, it is rare that they are publicly thanked for the work they do, every day, to serve their fellow Americans.”

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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