This week marks Public Service Recognition Week  – an opportunity to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.
There are more than two million Americans who have answered the call to serve our country and many of them have dedicated their careers to making our government work better. Their tireless efforts many times go unnoticed or unrecognized – and this week is an occasion to highlight the important work they do and thank them for their service to our country and our citizens.
The Commerce Department has employees working in all 50 states and around the globe focused on strengthening our economy. Commerce employees, and the work of our 12 bureaus, touches the daily lives of the American people in many ways, with a wide range of services in the areas of trade and investment, economic development, innovation, entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, and statistical research analysis. From National Weather Service weather forecasts, to the Census Bureau’s decennial census statistics, your work helps improve everyday life.
To recognize the incredible work of Commerce employees, Secretary Penny Pritzker, along with other Administration officials, and Commerce leadership will participate in a number of events with employees to honor their dedication and commitment to their work and thank them for their service. Commerce is also launching the “Coffee with the Secretary” series this week – an opportunity for 20 employees to meet informally with Secretary Pritzker for coffee and to share their thoughts and ideas.
Secretary Pritzker will also speak at the fourth annual Partnership for Public Service Town Hall  Thursday. Along with Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, Secretary Pritzker will discuss the value of government service and the people who work so hard on behalf of the American people.
In addition to crucial partnerships with businesses, universities, communities and the American workforce, the most important government asset is our people, and during the week we will highlight the many ways Commerce employees serve our nation.
To learn more about Public Service Recognition Week and ways to get involved, visit www.publicservicerecognitionweek.org .