Since 1985, the President and Congress have designated the first week of May to honor the men

and women who serve our country as federal, state, county and local government employees

and who ensure that our government is the best in the world. The Atlanta federal community

will celebrate the week of May 1-7, 2011 as Public Service Recognition Week. Highlighting

the week’s activities is The Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon to recognize federal

achievements in 15 categories ranging from outstanding manager to outstanding team work;

and from outstanding volunteerism to outstanding heroism. More than 300 employees were

nominated because they epitomize the phrase, Employees Excelling Extraordinarily, the theme

of this year’s celebration. They care about the people they serve. Federal employees are a part

of the 52,000 metropolitan Atlanta’s dedicated federal professionals who make tremendous

contributions each day.

In addition to their effective and efficient services they perform in their official capacity, they

also give back to the community. For example, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) team

will be recognized for their efforts in leading Federal employees to donate or pledge over $4.7

million for charitable giving during the 2010 campaign. The CFC is the largest workplace giving

campaign in the world and in the 50 years of its history, Federal employees collectively have

given over $7 billion to nonprofit organizations. Also, during the week, Federal employees will

donate, prepare, and feed the youth at Covenant House Georgia each night. Quilts depicting

public service will be on display in the lobby of the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center. These

quilts were commissioned as a part of the Federal Executive Board’s Leadership Government

team project and crafted by Senior Citizens in seven Senior Citizens Centers in Metropolitan

Atlanta, Georgia. Educational materials on public service careers was distributed to nine

metropolitan school district social science coordinators, and federal employees have provided

preparation for the next generation of employees through mentoring, interview skills training and

job shadowing to high school and college students.

Former U. S. Senator Paul Sarbanes was correct in his assessment that, “All Americans owe

a debt of gratitude to those individuals who have dedicated their lives to public service

and, through that service, have made invaluable contributions to our Nation’s growth and


Renard L. Murray, D. M.

Chair, Atlanta Federal Executive Board and

Regional Administrator, Atlanta and Dallas Regions

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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