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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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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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