What are the Best Agencies to Work for in Government?

The Partnership for Public Service has released its annual rankings of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Did your agency make the list?

The Partnership for Public Service has released its annual rankings of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

The 2016 rankings show a 1.3-point rise in federal employee engagement compared to 2015, for a score of 59.4 out of 100. While employee engagement has been on the rise, the Partnership for Public Service cautions that there is more work to be done.

“Best in class private-sector organizations understand that improved employee engagement leads to better performance and improved outcomes” said Max Stier, Partnership president and CEO. “People are our government’s greatest asset, and the new administration should commit itself to strengthening the federal workforce and improving the workplace culture.”

The Best Places to Work rankings include 379 federal agencies and their subcomponents: 18 large federal agencies, 27 midsize agencies, 29 small agencies and 305 subcomponents. Organizations are rated within one of four groupings: large agency (15,000 or more employees), midsize agency (1,000-14,999 employees), small agency (100-999 employees) and agency subcomponent (subagency, bureau, division, center or office).

The top ten rated agencies for large, medium and small are listed below. For complete rankings, see the lists at bestplacestowork.org.

Large Agencies

  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Department of Commerce
  3. Intelligence Community
  4. Department of State
  5. Department of Health and Human Services
  6. Department of Justice
  7. Department of Labor
  8. Department of Transportation
  9. Department of Agriculture*
  1. Social Security Administration*

Mid-Sized Agencies

  1. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  2. Government Accountability Office*
  1. Peace Corps*
  2. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  3. Federal Trade Commission
  4. Securities and Exchange Commission
  5. Smithsonian Institution
  6. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  7. National Credit Union Administration

Small Agencies

  1. National Endowment for the Arts
  2. Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  3. Office of Management and Budget
  4. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  5. Federal Labor Relations Authority
  6. U.S. International Trade Commission
  7. National Endowment for the Humanities
  8. Congressional Budget Office
  9. National Transportation Safety Board
  10. Farm Credit Administration

* These agencies had the same score

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