It’s Coming! OPM Announces Timeline for 2018 FEVS

OPM has announced the timeline for when the 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will be administered.

The Office of Personnel Management has announced the timeline for when the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will be administered this year.


The survey will be provided to employees in two waves, beginning the first week of May. Each agency’s survey will be open for six weeks, with the last surveys closing in late June. The rollout of the results will begin in August. Past results can be found on OPM’s website at

Change for 2018

OPM said that some employees will be invited to participate in a pilot of an improved form of the FEVS. Improvements include: (1) clarifications to definitions (e.g., leadership), (2) item modifications for clarity and to ensure that they are actionable, and (3) new items intended to update topics shown to be essential to agency performance (e.g., performance confidence, agency resilience, and customer service). The pilot test will not influence reporting or scoring in any way.

The improvements are based on recommendations from agency stakeholders and aligned with the goal of strengthening and modernizing the survey.

About the FEVS

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) measures employees’ perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characteristic of successful organizations are present in their agencies.

It serves as a tool for employees to share their perceptions in many critical areas including their work experiences, their agency, and leadership, and the results provide agency leaders insight into areas where improvements have been made, as well as areas where improvements are needed.

It was first administered in 2002 as the Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS), and then again in 2004, 2006 and 2008. It was renamed to the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey in 2010 revised to focus more on actionable items.

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