Timelines of Public Service (A-6)


Timelines of Public Service (A-6)


"History does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do." 
James Baldwin.
Public services are usually provided by governments to their constituents and financed with public funds. In cases where nonprofit or private organizations provide such services, they can do this in partnership with governments and under government regulation in order to safeguard the public's interests. Public services guarantee universal access to essential services and amenities, including emergency services such as paramedics and ambulances, fire protection, healthcare, law enforcement and police protection, the military, libraries, schools, and social services. Many utilities are also provided as public services, for example: electricity, gas, telecommunications and water. In some parts of the world public services may also include environment protection, housing, transportation, and waste management.
The timeline through which the nature and extent of public services are defined is influenced by a wide range of economic, political and social factors and priorities. The consecutive endeavor and intellectual tensions to provide appropriate public services within limited resources and uncertain clues of each phase of history lead to present and future configurations of public service provisions.  The size of the work force for delivering public goods and services also reflects these kinds of influences. According to the United States Census Bureau's annual survey data (2013), released in December 2014, federal, state and local governments employed 14.2 million full-time public service workers and 4.8 million part-time. Across the nation, local government employees comprise the majority (72.3%) of the state and local government workforce. For the same timeline, local governments employed 76.2% of all full time local employees.

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Senator Edward Moore Kennedy - Timeline of Public Service
"His energetic adherence to perseverance, his plain dogged determination, his ability to rise from the ashes…always with grace, and usually with a liberal dose of humor, were his trademarks…life itself inspired him." – Robert C. Byrd In a career…

Theodore Roosevelt - 26th United States President - Timeline
"There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country. Just as we must conserve our men, women and children, so we must conserve the resources of the land on which they live." – Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt, 33rd Governor…

History of the National Weather Service 1849-2013
The timeline linked here documents the advancement of the National Weather Service between 1849 - 2013

History of the United States Secret Service
The above is linked to the documented history of the United States Secret Service from its creation in 1865, in Washington D.C., to 2008.

Senator Robert. C. Byrd (1917-2010) Longest Serving Member of the United States Congress
Senator Robert Byrd was U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. Sen. Byrd served over 51 years of continuous service with an extraordinary lifetime attendance record of nearly 99 percent. Sen. Byrd has held more…

Senator Robert J. Dole Born 1923- Served 45 Years in Public Office
Robert Dole served for 45 years in public office including service in the Kansas state legislature, both houses of the U.S. Congress, as leader of his party’s national committee, floor leader in the U.S. Senate, and the Republican Party’s nominations…

Fire History Timeline 1804-2004 National Park Service
Since the establishment of Yellowstone National Park as the world’s first national park in 1872, the desire to suppress, control, and manage fire has been an integral part of the management of federal park areas. Managers, first the U.S. Army and,…

Women in Law Enforcement - Timeline: 1854-2011
In 1854, the first known police matrons (also called jail matrons) were hired by New York City to search and guard female prisoners, but they were civilians with no law enforcement powers. Sarah Hill (pictured) became the second police matron in…

FBI a Centennial History: 1908 - 2008
In 2008 the United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) celebrated its 100th anniversary as a crime fighting and national security agency dedicated to protecting America and the international community from world…

NASA’s First A- Aeronautics History 1958-2008
That the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is more than a space agency may come as a surprise to some. Aeronautics, the first A of the NASA acronym, has always been a part of NASA, but against the headline exploits of rocket…
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