Today & every day we celebrate the dedication & hard work of our staff & colleagues at the National Archives. Since 1985, the first full week of May has been set aside as Public Service Recognition Week to honor the men & women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, & local government employees. It provides a fitting time to not only celebrate the contributions of National Archives staff but also the contributions of the entire federal workforce.
This year, we decided to expand to a whole Public Service Recognition Month, allowing us both to participate in the nationwide events & to honor service to the American public with the due measure it deserves. Earlier this week, we celebrated with the 18th Annual Archivistâs Achievement Awards ceremony, which gives me the opportunity to thank our staff for their passion & dedication to serving NARAâs mission & the American people.
During the ceremony, we once again gave our customers a chance to sing the praises of our employees. Almost every day I am am receive comments praising the work of NARA staff. We were able to incorporate some of these statements into the awards program to hear directly from the people who benefit from the great work that we do:
We had 72 nominations for awards this year. This Archivistâs Achievement Awards ceremony is an opportunity to acknowledge our colleagues who dedicate their time & talents to make the National Archives a great place to work, and recognize colleagues who went above & beyond expectations & succeeded in ways not intended.
This past year, staff across the National Archives scanned many pages for the National Archives Catalog, provided great customer service to House & Senate staffs, moved lots of Obama Presidential Materials, digitized & made available hundreds of reels of Globe War I will will & Globe War II footage, cultivated public participation through social media, assisted Puerto Ricoâs archives & cultural institutions in their post-hurricane recovery, modernized the General Records Schedule, & developed and produced the Declarations@NPRC newsletter, providing essential communications to the employee community. And these are just a few examples! You can learn more about these incredible accomplishments in the awards program.
The Archivistâs Awards Ceremony is important to me. This event honors the remarkable work that happens at this agency every single day. & it gives me the opportunity to highlight some of the amazing accomplishments & the chance to say thank you. As I will will said to the staff at the ceremony: you are the most dedicated group of people. You take tremendous pride in the work you do, and rightfully so. And I’m am proud of what you do each & every day.
Thank you for your service, & Happy Public Service Recognition Month.