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2016 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government­®

Annual rankings co-produced by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees, and job seekers, the 2016 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings include the views of more than 421,000 federal workers on a wide range of workplace topics. More than 391 federal agencies and subcomponents are ranked offering the most comprehensive assessment of how federal public servants view their jobs and workplaces, providing insights into worker satisfaction and commitment on issues ranging from leadership and pay to innovation and work-life balance.

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Overview

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ® rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of how federal public servants view their jobs and workplaces, providing employee perspectives on leadership, pay, innovation, work–life balance, and other issues.

The rankings and accompanying data give federal leaders a way to measure the morale and health of the federal workforce as a whole as well as at individual departments, agencies, and their subcomponents. This serves to alert federal leaders to signs of trouble and provides a roadmap to better manage our government’s most important asset—its employees. Best-in-class private-sector organizations understand that increased employee engagement leads to better performance, and federal leaders need to follow suit by placing greater emphasis on strengthening the workforce and the workplace culture.

To learn more about your agency’s rankings, download the brochure or visit Best Places to Work.

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The Best Places to work in the Federal Government 2016 rankings

Looking at agencies by mission

For a second year in a row, the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte expanded on the traditional Best Places to Work rankings of large, mid-size, small and agency subcomponents by placing a select group of agencies into five mission areas: public health, law enforcement and border protection, national security, energy and environment, and infrastructure.

The purpose of ranking by mission area is to examine agencies that have similar responsibilities and employ workers with comparable occupations to see if there are commonalities or discrepancies in employee engagement. The data will allow leaders to compare their organizations to other agencies in their field, see where they are excelling or falling short, and gain insights about how they can better meet the needs of their workers and ultimately the American public.

Each of the five mission groups was reviewed by independent experts. Each agency belongs to only one group on the list. Inclusion in one of the mission groups is dependent on the agency’s participation in the overall Best Places to Work rankings.

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Best Places to Work: Looking at agencies by mission

2016 Best Places to Work by the numbers

Employee engagement is part of the unfinished and never-ending business of government management, which is not an end in itself, but the means to more effectively meet the needs of the American people.

Best Places methodology

The vast majority of the data used to develop these rankings were collected by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) through its Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The survey was administered April through June 2015 to permanent executive branch employees and was completed by more than 421,700 federal workers, for a response rate of 49.7 percent, which increased by 2.9 point from 2015. For further details, see Best Places methodology.

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and transform the way government works.

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