The 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Rankings show a few familiar faces at the top and bottom of the list, but a closer look at the results shows several agencies with momentum moving in their favor. Here are nine insights from this year’s rankings.
The Department of Homeland Security is trying something outside of the standard reorganization playbook.
The FEVS results show that the upward movement in employee satisfaction that began two years ago is continuing. That is good news.
Leadership, from the chairman down to front-line supervisors, helped the Securities and Exchange Commission improve its standing on the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
The political popularity of a given administration seems to have low relation to FEVS scores.
The latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results show higher overall employee engagement across the government in 2017.
The Office of Personnel Management is preparing a new talent management and succession planning guide.
These COOs frequently occupy deputy secretary positions that require Senate confirmation, many of which are vacant in the current administration. But it’s the people occupying these offices that are best positioned to make real changes in the way agencies perform their missions.
The Office of Management and Budget’s plan to reorganize the government and restructure the federal workforce isn’t a direct threat to agency employees, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said. The Trump administration sees it as a way to finally recognize what Mulvaney describes as a deep-seated frustration in the federal workforce: top performers are rarely rewarded for their work, while poor-performers escape with few consequences.
Employee engagement efforts at the Securities and Exchange Commission have taken off in the past two years, Lacey Dingman, SEC chief human capital officer, said in an interview. SEC has risen from 27th to 6th among mid-sized agencies in the past five years on the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work rankings.