Well, they are sort of Federal employees themselves, so we shouldn't have to justify ourselves to them. However, the Partnership for Public Service has the right perspective on this issue. By working with them to trumpet our successes, through programs like the Service to America Awards, we can educate new lawmakers about the many accomplishments of everyday government employees. Let's invite them to recognize Federal employees in their districts who have achieved worthy accomplishments. Let them know that Feds are doing the best they can to fulfill the missions and mandates of their agencies. We need to elevate the conversation and learn from our military brethren, who have certainly gained the respect of the Congress.