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Civil Service Month

It's time to recognize and appreciate the hard work of civil servants during Civil Service Month - let's thank them for their dedication!
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Get ready to celebrate all the hardworking and dedicated individuals who serve our country on Civil Service Month, which falls on September 1! This month-long celebration recognizes the important role that civil servants play in maintaining and improving our communities. The origins of this holiday can be traced back to 1883, when the United States Congress passed the Pendleton Act which established a merit-based system for federal employment. Since then, civil service has become an integral part of our government and society. So let's take this opportunity to thank and appreciate those who work tirelessly to make our world a better place!

History of Civil Service Month

Civil Service Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1883</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Passage of Pendleton Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pendleton Act was signed into law, establishing a merit-based civil service system and marking the birth of the modern civil service in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1900</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion of Civil Service</div><div class='timeline-text'>Around this time, the civil service system began to expand significantly, covering more positions within the federal government.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1939</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of the FSA</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Federal Service Act established a formalized system for selection and promotion of civil service workers based on merit principles.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Civil Service Employees Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order granting federal employees the right to collective bargaining, recognizing their role in society.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1978</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Signing of Civil Service Reform Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Civil Service Reform Act was signed, leading to significant changes in the way federal agencies select, manage and discipline their employees.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-list'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebration of Civil Service Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Civil Service Month was first celebrated, providing an opportunity to recognize and appreciate civil servants for their contributions.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Civil Service Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local government agency</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your appreciation for civil servants by volunteering at a local government agency. Help out with tasks such as filing, organizing events, or assisting with administrative work.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send thank-you cards to civil servants</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to write thank-you cards to civil servants in your community. Let them know how much their hard work and dedication is appreciated.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a potluck lunch for civil servants</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and colleagues to organize a potluck lunch for civil servants in your community. This is a great way to show your appreciation and give them a break from their busy work schedules.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a civil service recognition event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check if there are any events or ceremonies being held to recognize civil servants in your area. Attend and show your support for their hard work and dedication.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share stories of civil servants making a difference</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread positivity by sharing stories of civil servants making a positive impact in your community. Use social media or write a letter to the editor to highlight their contributions.</p></div></div>

Why Civil Service Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It recognizes the hard work of civil servants</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Civil Service Month is a time to show appreciation for all the hardworking individuals who keep our government running smoothly. From ensuring public safety to providing essential services, civil servants play crucial roles in our society and deserve recognition for their dedication and commitment.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes awareness of the importance of civil service</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many people may not realize the behind-the-scenes work that goes into maintaining our communities and government operations. Civil Service Month serves as a reminder of the valuable contributions made by civil servants and raises awareness about the impact they have on our daily lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages citizens to become involved in their communities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Civil Service Month also highlights the importance of citizen involvement in local government and community development. By recognizing and appreciating civil servants, it inspires others to get involved and make a positive difference in their own communities through volunteering or even pursuing a career in public service.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts for Civil Service Month

Civil Service Month FAQs

When is Civil Service Month?

Civil Service Month is celebrated on September 1 every year. In 2024 Civil Service Month will occur on a Sunday.

Civil Service Month Dates



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