President Obama has marked Public Service Recognition Week, which began Sunday, with a letter honoring local, state and federal workers who “tirelessly carry out the work of our government. Diligently serving without the expectation of fanfare, they enforce our laws, teach our children, and lay a strong foundation for our nation’s progress.”


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Fifteen members of Obama’s cabinet also signed a letter inviting everyone to join them “in saying thank you to the public servants you meet and reflect on the many benefits we all enjoy as a result of their dedicated and tireless work.”

One of the highlights of the week is the recognition of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists. Also known as the Sammies, the awards, sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, will honor federal employees in eight categories. The winners will be announced Oct. 3.

This list of finalists is at this link.

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Columnist Joe Davidson covers the federal government in the Federal Insider. It replaced the Federal Diary, which focused on federal employees. 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.