Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised her employees today in a statement to the press.
"Public Service Recognition Week is a time for us to recognize the contributions of federal, state, and local government employees who serve in communities all across the nation, on the frontlines and around the world. We are thankful for their tireless work and sacrifice," she said, marking this week, which is so-called Public Service Recognition Week.
"Today, I joined other senior Administration officials at the Partnership for Public Service Town Hall where we paid tribute to the contributions of all who serves, and renewed our own pledge to service. Together with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe, and General Services Administration Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, we participated in a dynamic dialogue on the value of government service.
"During the event, I had the opportunity to underscore the importance of public service to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As we mark DHS’ tenth anniversary this year, we continue to focus on service, both in the missions we carry out and the services we provide to millions of Americans every day. From the One-DHS approach to disaster preparedness, response and recovery, to our unprecedented efforts to secure our land, air and sea borders, to our efforts in cybersecurity and devotion to the safety of the public at large, DHS’ work could not be possible without the commitment and sacrifice of the dedicated employees that I am proud to serve alongside. Please join me in honoring and recognizing their work to make our nation safer, more secure and more resilient."