Johnson Addresses Public Service Recognition Week Kickoff Celebration
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Martha N. Johnson
U.S. General Services Administration
Public Service Recognition Week Kickoff Celebration
The National Mall
May 6, 2010
Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for that generous introduction Max.
John (Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management) and I are honored to be here today with Secretaries Chu and Sebelius, and Deputy Secretary Gould to celebrate the great work and unfailing commitment of our nation’s public servants.
Before we move forward, I'd like share with all of you a letter from President Obama in honor of this important week.
"I send warm wishes to all those observing Public Service Recognition Week 2010. Federal, state, and local government employees devote their time and energy to the American people and our country. Each day, they provide essential services that protect us from harm, educate our families, and keep us healthy. Their dedication and expertise are vital to our nation, and my administration is committed to drawing the best and brightest to government service. Together, we will lay a foundation for future progress and build a better tomorrow for all American."
"As you mark this special occasion, I hope you take pride in your contributions and service to our Nation, and I wish you all the best."
As a former talent scout and chief of staff, I understand that today the decision to work in government is more than a call to action; it’s a dedication to making government work for all Americans. It’s a choice by some of the most talented and courageous people we know to preserve and re-imagine our country into the future. And it’s a commitment to work under the noble banner of public servant with honor and integrity.
President Obama issued a challenged; he asked that we revamp the federal workplace. And as you know, the federal workplace is changing. Today, work is what you do, not where you are and this is altering the way we think about and prepare our work force.
Under this administration, we are fortunate to be in a place where we can make working for the federal government, not only a call to action, but also a viable way to build a career and grow.
As Administrator of General Services, I consider myself a steward of the federal worker and as such, it’s my duty to ensure that wherever our dedicated federal work force does its work -- in the field, in the office, or on the moon ... no seriously, our NASA astronauts are the leaders in telework ... and John and I are here today to honor and pledge our commitment to you, your work, and your workplace.
(John Berry delivers remarks)