Terry Gerton, president & CEO of NAPA and Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association, discuss the importance of recognizing federal employees, and why it’s important to change their current perception.
Agency leaders often spend big chunks of their careers on specific missions, sometimes for an entire career. Challenging as individual agencies charges might be, there are some grand challenges career executives have in common across government. As Public Service Recognition Week draws to a close, Terry Gerton, president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, discussed some of those difficulties on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
By Terry Gerton
Public Service Recognition Week provides an opportunity to highlight the incredible contributions of ordinary individuals accomplishing extraordinary things on behalf of their fellow citizens. We at the National Academy of Public Administration are proud to highlight the accomplishments of our Fellows, whose amazing careers exemplify the values of selfless service and devotion to country. Each of them has contributed to making our government, at every level, work better.
By Robert Shea
If all you read was the front page of one of the major daily newspapers—or the Drudge Report or The Huffington Post—you’d think government was paralyzed as a result of crisis and scandal. Sluggish appointments and roiling controversies don’t help government operate smoothly, that’s for sure. But what agencies do on a day-to-day basis to serve American citizens is largely unaffected by these distractions. Moreover, major reform and improvement efforts have been launched that promise to have a lasting, positive effect on how government works. We have America’s public servants to thank for that, and this is the week to do it.
By Jeff Neal
This is Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) – a week set aside to recognize the work done by government employees at local, state and federal levels. Government employees do not get the thanks they deserve for the great work they do at every level of government. Instead, we see constant bad-mouthing of government workers, and politicians using them to make political points.