Public Service Recognition Week
As you may know, the Office of the Secretary of State has proudly administered Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) during the first week of May for more than 20 years. It is a nationally recognized week that celebrates the achievements of our public servants. In Washington State, we hold statewide celebrations culminating in an event on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. Last year, the Office of the Secretary of State and a group of PSRW volunteers were able to bring together more than 2,000 employees to the Olympia event.
In the past, the staff of the Productivity Board were charged with planning and executing this incredible week of celebration. However, two years ago the Productivity Board was abruptly suspended from the state budget, taking with it the Employee Suggestion and Teamwork Incentive Programs, along with the staff needed to administer PSRW.
Our office was able to adjust, temporarily placing the celebration in the hands of the Washington State Combined Fund Drive (CFD) staff. The CFD staff performed admirably, and while we are proud of their efforts in planning each event, it has become clear that we can no longer use the staff time of our CFD personnel, and by extension precious donor dollars, for a series of events that do not fit directly with the mission of the CFD.
Due to another two-year suspension of the Productivity Board, it is with great regret that our office can no longer administer PSRW events in Olympia or assist in the planning of any other events around the state.
We encourage agencies and offices to continue recognizing their employees during PSRW. We are continuing to work toward the reinstatement of the Productivity Board so that our office can help administer events statewide to recognize all state employees.