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Public Service Recognition Week

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) has been set aside for the full first week of May for over 30 years to honor those who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. OFM State Human Resources coordinates the Washington state annual celebration and employee awards, to ensure state employees are recognized and honored for their great work and service to the public.

In 2023, PSRW will be held May 7–13. There will be in-person outdoor events planned in Olympia, Spokane and the Tri-Cities this year. 

Online presentations for state employees will be available throughout the week, including infromation on wellness resources, retirement benefits, health benefits, and public service loan forgiveness.

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People gather at picnic tables outdoors in Kennewick at a past PSRW event

Olympia celebrations: May 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m on the Capitol Campus.

Spokane celebrations: May 10 - outdoor event during the lunch hour in partnership with Fairchild Airforce Base and the Military Department. 

Tri-Cities celebration: May 11 - outdoor event held after work hours in partnership with the Federal Agencies and the City of Richland. 

View of a baseball stadium from home base

The Seattle Mariners are providing discount tickets to state employees for the May 6 game (6 p.m.) versus the Houston Astros.

test ready "award nominations" in gold on a black background with a laurel rreath symbol around it

Do you know a state employee or manager who consistently excels beyond expectations? In the spirit of recognizing such service, we're asking you to nominate state government and higher education employees and teams for oeither the  the Excellence in Washington State Government Leadership Award or the  Extra Mile Award.

See 2022 recipients of these awards.