2016 Merit Principles Survey on its way to federal employees

Federal employees will get another chance to voice how fairly they think they’re being treated at their agencies.

The Merit Systems Protection Board announced it’s launching the 2016 Merit Principles Survey to about 120,000 feds in July and August.

A press release from MSPB  stated “the federal government faces many workforce challenges, and the MPS gives federal employees an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns about workplace issues.”

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Topics for the 2016 MPS include employee engagement, fair treatment and nondiscrimination, recruitment and retention, sexual and non-sexual harassment, HR services and addressing poor performance.

The release also noted the web-based questionnaire differs from the widespread Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey issued by the Office of Personnel Management because it focuses more on merit system principles and human resources policy and practice.

The MPS is issued every few years instead of annually and sent out in smaller samples.

MSPB previously informed agencies and major unions of the voluntary and confidential survey and asked them to support employees’ participation.

The MPS will be sent to feds in three versions, each focusing on a different set of topics. MSPB will issue them at different times to reduce demand on employees and agencies.

MSPB reports findings and recommendations based on the MPS results to the President, Congress, and other Federal decision-makers “to promote merit-based and effective human resources policies and practices.”

MSPB has issued the Merit Principles Survey since 1983 as part of its statutory oversight responsibilities.