Agency Rankings by Occupation

Contract Specialist

The Best Places to Work rankings include results based on the index scores of five mission-critical occupations across government. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officer Council have focused on these occupations because shortages or a loss of staff in these job categories could interfere with the ability of agencies to effectively accomplish their missions.

The index score is calculated using a proprietary weighted formula that looks at responses to three different questions in the federal survey. The more the question predicts intent to remain, the higher the weighting.

  • I recommend my organization as a good place to work. (Q. 40)
  • Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your job? (Q. 69)
  • Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your organization? (Q. 71)

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Rank Agency 2016 2015 Change (2015‑16)
1 Kennedy Space Center (KSC), NASA 87.6 84.8 2.8 
2 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce 80.0 66.7 13.3 
3 Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), NASA 78.5 77.0 1.5 
4 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), DOE 77.7 62.2 15.5 
5 Headquarters, Air Force 75.4 0.0 
5 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS 75.4 77.3 -1.9 
7 Ames Research Center (ARC), NASA 74.3 92.1 -17.8 
8 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior 73.6 53.6 20.0 
9 Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), NASA 72.5 71.6 0.9 
10 Johnson Space Center (JSC), NASA 72.3 72.8 -0.5 
11 Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), GSA 71.2 65.6 5.6 
12 Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), DOJ 71.1 0.0 
13 Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), DOD 70.9 70.8 0.1 
14 Headquarters (HQ), NASA 68.5 73.9 -5.4 
15 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Interior 67.3 72.7 -5.4 
16 Transportation Security Administration (TSA), DHS 67.1 52.9 14.2 
17 Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Force 66.9 68.9 -2.0 
17 Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), DOD 66.9 69.5 -2.6 
19 Under Secretary for Management and Performance, DOE 66.8 64.1 2.7 
20 Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), DOD 65.5 60.0 5.5 
21 Air Mobility Command (AMC), Air Force 64.8 58.5 6.3 
22 Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), DOE 64.4 56.6 7.8 
23 United States Coast Guard (USCG), DHS 63.2 62.8 0.4 
24 Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Navy 63.1 52.0 11.1 
25 Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), ED 61.9 57.3 4.6 
26 Installation and Mission Support (AFIMSC), Air Force 61.8 52.2 9.6 
26 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Army 61.8 63.5 -1.7 
28 Customs and Border Protection (CBP), DHS 61.6 53.9 7.7 
29 Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior 61.3 48.5 12.8 
30 Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS 61.2 0.0 
30 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT 61.2 66.7 -5.5 
32 Public Buildings Service (PBS), GSA 60.8 56.9 3.9 
33 Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS), Treasury 59.9 74.1 -14.2 
34 Air Education and Training Command (ATC), Air Force 57.7 57.4 0.3 
35 Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Force 57.2 68.4 -11.2 
36 Power Marketing Administrations (PMA), DOE 56.6 60.0 -3.4 
37 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Navy 56.5 63.4 -6.9 
38 Federal Student Aid (FSA), ED 56.0 64.0 -8.0 
39 Space Command (AFSPC), Air Force 55.7 55.2 0.5 
39 Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury 55.7 48.6 7.1 
41 Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HHS 55.4 0.0 
42 National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS 55.1 53.7 1.4 
43 Management Directorate (MGMT), DHS 54.5 49.0 5.5 
43 National Park Service (NPS), Interior 54.5 49.9 4.6 
45 Under Secretary for Science and Energy, DOE 54.3 56.4 -2.1 
46 U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), Army 51.9 47.6 4.3 
47 National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), DHS 51.0 55.4 -4.4 
48 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS 50.0 55.1 -5.1 
49 Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM), EPA 49.5 0.0 
50 Central Office (VACO), VA 49.3 43.8 5.5 
51 Office of the Secretary (OS), HHS 47.7 33.8 13.9 
52 Forest Service (USFS), USDA 47.4 0.0 
52 Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Interior 47.4 39.0 8.4 
54 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DHS 45.5 36.4 9.1 
55 Office of Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), HUD 45.3 43.6 1.7 
56 Indian Health Service (IHS), HHS 42.3 51.3 -9.0 
57 Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA 40.6 40.0 0.6 
58 Office of the Secretary (OS), Interior 38.4 50.7 -12.3 
Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC), Air Force 0.0 
U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Air Force 0.0 
U.S. Air Forces, Europe (USAFE), Air Force 0.0 
Headquarters - Air Force Reserve Command (HQ AFRES), Air Force 0.0 
Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Air Force 0.0 
25th Air Force, Air Force 0.0 
Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Air Force 0.0 
NORAD/U.S. Northern Command (NORAD), Air Force 0.0 
Air National Guard, Air Force 0.0 
Air Force Elements, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Air Force 0.0 
Air Force Elements, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Air Force 0.0 
Air Force District of Washington (AFDW), Air Force 0.0 
Global Strike Command (AFGSC), Air Force 0.0 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA 0.0 
Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA 0.0 
Risk Management Agency (RMA), USDA 0.0 
Rural Development (RD), USDA 0.0 
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA 0.0 
Office of the General Counsel (OGC), USDA 0.0 
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA 0.0 
Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA 0.0 
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA 0.0 
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), USDA 0.0 
Food Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNS), USDA 0.0 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA 0.0 
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), USDA 0.0 
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA 0.0 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), USDA 0.0 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, USDA 0.0 
Departmental Management, USDA 0.0 
Farm Service Agency (FSA), USDA 0.0 
U.S. Army North, Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (ASC), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Audit Agency (USAAA), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Installation Management Agency (IMA), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Army 0.0 
Chief of Staff of the Army, Army 0.0 
U.S. Army, Europe (USAREUR), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), Army 0.0 
Network Technology Enterprise Command - 9th Army Signal Command (NETCOM), Army 0.0 
Office of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), Army 0.0 
Joint Activities, Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC), Army 0.0 
Office of the Secretary of the Army (OS), Army 0.0 
Field Operating Offices of Office of the Secretary of the Army, Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT), Army 0.0 
HQDA Field Operating Agencies and Staff Support Agencies, Army 0.0 
Joint Services and DOD Activities Supported the HQDA, Army 0.0 
U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Army 0.0 
U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM), Army 0.0 
Office of the Secretary (OS ), Commerce 0.0 
Economic Development Administration (EDA), Commerce 0.0 
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Commerce 0.0 
International Trade Administration (ITA), Commerce 0.0 
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Commerce 0.0 
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce 0.0 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Commerce 0.0 
National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Commerce 0.0 
U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Commerce 0.0 
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Commerce 0.0 
Joint Chiefs of Staff, DOD 0.0 
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), DOD 0.0 
Defense Security Service, DOD 0.0 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), DOD 0.0 
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), DOD 0.0 
Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), DOD 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), DOD 0.0 
Missile Defense Agency (MDA), DOD 0.0 
Defense Commissary Agency (DECA), DOD 59.6 0.0 
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), DOD 0.0 
Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA), DOD 0.0 
Defense Health Agency (DHA), DOD 0.0 
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), DOD 0.0 
National Defense University (NDU), DOD 0.0 
Defense Microelectronics Activity, DOD 0.0 
Defense Technical Information Center, DOD 0.0 
Defense Media Activity (DMA), DOD 0.0 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), DOJ 0.0 
Office of Justice Programs (OJP), DOJ 0.0 
U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), DOJ 0.0 
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Attorneys' Office (EOUSA), DOJ 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), DOJ 0.0 
U.S. Trustee Program (USTP), DOJ 0.0 
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), DOJ 0.0 
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), DOJ 0.0 
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DOJ 0.0 
Justice Management Division (JMD), DOJ 0.0 
Antitrust Division (ATR), DOJ 0.0 
Civil Division, DOJ 0.0 
Civil Rights Division, DOJ 0.0 
Criminal Division, DOJ 0.0 
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), DOJ 0.0 
Tax Division, DOJ 0.0 
Office of the Secretary, DOL 0.0 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), DOL 63.7 0.0 
Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), DOL 0.0 
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), DOL 0.0 
Employment and Training Administration (ETA), DOL 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), DOL 0.0 
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), DOL 0.0 
Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), DOL 0.0 
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), DOL 0.0 
Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), DOL 0.0 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), DOL 0.0 
Office of the Solicitor (SOL), DOL 0.0 
Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS), DOL 0.0 
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), DOL 0.0 
Wage and Hour Division (WHD), DOL 0.0 
Office of the Secretary (OS), DOE 0.0 
Office of the General Counsel (OGC), FERC 0.0 
Office of Energy Projects (OEP), FERC 0.0 
Office of the Executive Director (OED), FERC 0.0 
Office of Enforcement, FERC 0.0 
Office of Energy Market Regulation (OEMR), FERC 0.0 
Office for Civil Rights (OCR), ED 0.0 
Office of Inspector General (OIG), ED 0.0 
Office of the General Counsel (OGC), ED 0.0 
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), ED 0.0 
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), ED 0.0 
Office of Management (OM), ED 0.0 
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), ED 0.0 
Institute of Education Sciences (IES), ED 0.0 
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), ED 0.0 
Office of Enforcement Compliance Assurance (OECA), EPA 0.0 
Office of Water (OW), EPA 0.0 
Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), EPA 0.0 
Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), EPA 0.0 
Office of Research and Development (ORD), EPA 0.0 
Region 1 - New England, EPA 0.0 
Region 2, EPA 0.0 
Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic, EPA 0.0 
Region 4 - Southeast, EPA 0.0 
Region 5, EPA 0.0 
Region 6 - South Central, EPA 0.0 
Region 7 - Midwest, EPA 0.0 
Region 8 - Mountains and Plains, EPA 0.0 
Region 9 - Pacific Southwest, EPA 0.0 
Region 10 - Pacific Northwest, EPA 0.0 
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), EPA 0.0 
Community Supervision Program (CSP), CSOSA 0.0 
Office of Administrative Services (OAS), GSA 0.0 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), GSA 0.0 
Office of the General Counsel (OGC), GSA 0.0 
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO), GSA 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), GSA 0.0 
Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), GSA 0.0 
GSA IT, GSA 0.0 
Office of Mission Assurance (OMA), GSA 0.0 
Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS 0.0 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS 0.0 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS 0.0 
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), HHS 0.0 
Administration for Children and Families (ACF), HHS 0.0 
Office of Intelligence and Analysis (IA), DHS 0.0 
U.S. Secret Service (USSS), DHS 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), DHS 0.0 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS 0.0 
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), DHS 0.0 
Office of the Secretary (OS), DHS 0.0 
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), DHS 0.0 
Science and Technology Directorate, DHS 0.0 
Office of Administration, HUD 0.0 
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO), HUD 0.0 
Office of the General Counsel (OGC), HUD 0.0 
Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), HUD 0.0 
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), HUD 0.0 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), HUD 0.0 
Office of Field Policy and Management (FPM), HUD 0.0 
Office of Housing, HUD 0.0 
Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), HUD 0.0 
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), HUD 0.0 
Office of Policy Development and Research (PDR), HUD 0.0 
Ginnie Mae (GNMA), HUD 0.0 
Voice of America (VOA), BBG 0.0 
Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), BBG 0.0 
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Interior 41.9 0.0 
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Interior 0.0 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior 0.0 
Office of the Solicitor (SOL), Interior 0.0 
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), Interior 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Interior 0.0 
Glenn Research Center (GRC), NASA 0.0 
Langley Research Center (LARC), NASA 92.1 0.0 
Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), NASA 0.0 
Immediate Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy 0.0 
Assistant for Administration, Navy 0.0 
Office of Naval Research (ONR), Navy 0.0 
Naval Medical Command (NAVMEDCOM), Navy 0.0 
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), Navy 0.0 
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Navy 55.4 0.0 
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Navy 58.0 0.0 
Marine Corps (USMC), Navy 0.0 
Strategic Systems Programs Office (SSP), Navy 0.0 
Military Sealift Command (MSC), Navy 0.0 
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Navy 0.0 
Commander, Navy Installations (CNI), Navy 0.0 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), OPM 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), OPM 0.0 
Federal Investigative Service (FISD), OPM 0.0 
Facilities, Security and Emergency Management, OPM 0.0 
Retirement Services, OPM 0.0 
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), OPM 0.0 
Healthcare and Insurance, OPM 0.0 
Employee Services, OPM 0.0 
HR Solutions, OPM 0.0 
Merit System Audit and Compliance (MSAC), OPM 0.0 
Division of Corporation Finance, SEC 0.0 
Division of Investment Management, SEC 0.0 
Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, SEC 0.0 
Division of Trading and Markets, SEC 0.0 
Office of Financial Management, SEC 0.0 
Office of Support Operations, SEC 0.0 
Office of General Counsel, SEC 0.0 
Office of Human Resources, SEC 0.0 
Office of Information Technology, SEC 0.0 
National Enforcement Program, SEC 0.0 
National Examination Program, SEC 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General, SSA 0.0 
Office of the Secretary (OS), DOT 0.0 
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT 0.0 
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), DOT 0.0 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT 0.0 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), DOT 0.0 
Maritime Administration (MARAD), DOT 0.0 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT 0.0 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT 0.0 
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Treasury 0.0 
Departmental Offices (DO), Treasury 0.0 
Office of Inspector General (OIG), Treasury 0.0 
U.S. Mint (USM), Treasury 0.0 
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Treasury 0.0 
Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), Treasury 0.0 
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury 0.0 
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Treasury 0.0 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), TVA 0.0 
Office of Inspector General (OIG), VA 0.0 
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), VA 0.0 
National Cemetery Administration (NCA), VA 0.0 

Not all agencies have data for occupational groups, due to small sample sizes. Explain this.

Quartile Key
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