It’s Public Service Recogntion Week — that time of year when the country is encouraged to offer a special nod of appreciation to those who labor on every level of government, federal, state, county and local.

In Washington, the week (May 6-12) got underway Sunday with the release of a joint letter praising the federal workforce. The letter, signed by 15 Cabinet members of the Obama administration, states, “Some of

James Gatz, with the Department of Health and Human Services, asks a question at a Town Hall meeting during last year’s Public Service Recognition Week. (SUSAN BIDDLE/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Yet, it is rare that they are publicly thanked for the work they do, every day, to serve their fellow Americans.”

On Monday, the Partnershp for Public Service announced the 33 finalists for its 2012 Service to America Medal. Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein wrote about the “Oscars” of government, which you can read here. Awards, which are announced in the fall, are given in nine categories, including employee of the year.

Here’s a rundown of some of the week’s other events.

Tuesday, May 8, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Public Service Town Hall with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services; Secretary Ray LaHood, Department of Transportation; Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security; other government leaders and Max Stier, Partnership president and CEO. Held at 1100 New York Ave NW, Suite 200 East, Washington, D.C. Contact: Sarah Howe,202-775-9111,

Wednesday, May 9, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.: Service to America Medal finalists breakfast. Invitation only. For more info: 202-775-9111,

Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.: Congressional Reception Celebrating Public Service. The Public Employees Roundtable will host the reception, which will recognize Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) for their support for the federal workforce. U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Invitation only. Contact: Michael Stockert at

The roundtable is a nonpartisan coalition of more than 30 Washington-based organizations formed to support public servants.

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