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You Could Be on the Pitcher's Mound With a Member of Obama's Team

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In 2010, Barack Obama threw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Nationals Park. In 2010, Barack Obama threw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Nationals Park. Evan Vucci/AP file photo

Want to see a major league baseball park from the pitcher’s mound? Now’s your chance.

Five federal employees will be chosen to accompany Katherine Archuleta May 6 onto the field at Nationals Park in Washington when the Office of Personnel Management director throws out the first pitch. Archuleta will be there to tout Public Service Recognition Week along with Washington’s baseball team. As part of the week-long celebration, organizers are encouraging people to recognize exceptional federal employees who embody the spirit of public service through stories and photos using the hashtag #FEDSpirit on Archuleta’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds.

“We know there are inspirational, empowering, and exciting stories of federal employees just waiting to be told,” said Archuleta’s blog post announcing her major league baseball debut. “And we’re counting on you to share them.”

The Nats are playing the L.A. Dodgers that night, and the weather forecast for D.C. looks promising, i.e., no rain.

Uncle Sam is not picking up your ballpark tab, however. Invited feds are responsible for their transportation to the stadium and their tickets to the game.

Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.

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