As Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on how we honored our amazing federal employees. This year, the week started with the President’s Proclamation declaring its observance. In his edict, the president reminded us that being a federal employee is about more than having a job.
“Our public servants — often at great personal sacrifice — continue striving to build a better country and to bring lasting change to the lives of ordinary people across America,” the president said. “Whether leading important scientific advances, helping homeless veterans get off the street and reclaim their lives, supporting small businesses and impoverished communities, or sustaining our environment by reducing harmful pollutants emitted into our air and waterways, these often unsung heroes make vital contributions to our country and help make our founding promise real for more people.”
Across the nation, federal agencies took the time to thank and recognize their employees. Here at American Public University System (APUS), we had an enthusiastic week of celebrations. To acknowledge this occasion, we launched the APUS #PSRW campaign, collaborating with our tens of thousands of alumni, student, and faculty civil servants to reflect on the oath that they take on their first day on the job. I encourage you to visit inpublicsafety.com to see how these amazing individuals fulfill their duties daily through serving the American people. We used social media to honor our federal family and sponsored the Public Service 5K Run/Walk in Washington, D.C., the proceeds of which will benefit the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping civilian federal and postal employees through scholarships and emergency assistance.
One week is not nearly enough time to properly celebrate the passion and commitment public servants bring to their jobs, or the impact they have on our lives. The mission of their agencies and their dedication to serving the American people are what drives them. And they come from – and work in – every corner of the country, reflecting the rich diversity and talent of this great country.
As we end Public Service Recognition Week, we hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on how America’s civil servants make your life better every day. Moreover, we hope that PSRW is just the start of an ongoing conversation about the vital contributions of each member of America’s workforce. They deserve our gratitude and appreciation.
About the Author
DeAnn Wandler is responsible for American Public University System’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development within the government contracting, finance and insurance industries. Prior to joining APUS, DeAnn served as Vice President of Admissions Operations, overseeing the strategic direction and management of 24 career-college campuses throughout the United States. She has more than 15 years of increasingly responsible and successful experience in all areas of higher education, including Vice President of Education Outreach, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions. Her background includes positions at University of Phoenix, Grantham University and Vatterott Educational Centers.
DeAnn currently serves on the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Board of Advisors. She has served as Vice President of Educational Standards on the Greater Kansas City Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and sat on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Executive Women International (EWI).