Agency Rankings by Occupation

HR 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)

Click on the links below to view an agency’s full report. Click on the column headings to sort by rank, agency name, score or change.

Rank Agency 2016 2015 Change (2015‑16)
1 Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), NASA 81.6 72.2 9.4 
2 National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS 79.2 66.9 12.3 
3 Employee Services, OPM 78.6 72.4 6.2 
4 Forest Service (USFS), USDA 76.3 0.0 
5 Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Interior 73.8 71.1 2.7 
6 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Interior 73.5 76.5 -3.0 
7 Departmental Management, USDA 73.2 74.8 -1.6 
8 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Commerce 73.0 72.5 0.5 
8 Office of the Secretary (OS), Interior 73.0 76.6 -3.6 
10 HR Solutions, OPM 72.7 65.6 7.1 
11 U.S. Army Installation Management Agency (IMA), Army 71.8 71.7 0.1 
12 Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), Navy 71.6 74.6 -3.0 
13 Assistant for Administration, Navy 71.3 70.6 0.7 
14 Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Attorneys' Office (EOUSA), DOJ 71.1 66.1 5.0 
15 Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury 70.6 70.0 0.6 
16 Headquarters (HQ), NASA 69.1 61.8 7.3 
17 Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), DOJ 69.0 65.6 3.4 
18 Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO), GSA 68.8 59.3 9.5 
19 Indian Health Service (IHS), HHS 68.5 61.3 7.2 
19 Merit System Audit and Compliance (MSAC), OPM 68.5 61.2 7.3 
21 Office of Human Resources, SEC 67.5 0.0 
22 Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), DOE 67.2 0.0 
23 Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA), DOD 67.1 55.3 11.8 
24 Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), VA 66.7 59.7 7.0 
25 United States Coast Guard (USCG), DHS 66.0 54.2 11.8 
26 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS 64.3 56.4 7.9 
27 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT 63.4 58.3 5.1 
28 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), DOL 63.1 65.6 -2.5 
29 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA 61.8 0.0 
30 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury 61.5 66.4 -4.9 
31 U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce 60.8 63.4 -2.6 
32 HQDA Field Operating Agencies and Staff Support Agencies, Army 60.7 60.9 -0.2 
33 Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM), EPA 60.6 51.3 9.3 
34 Rural Development (RD), USDA 60.1 51.1 9.0 
34 Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS), Treasury 60.1 66.4 -6.3 
36 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DOJ 59.7 65.4 -5.7 
37 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS 58.5 39.8 18.7 
38 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS 58.4 60.1 -1.7 
39 Customs and Border Protection (CBP), DHS 57.5 68.0 -10.5 
40 Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO), HUD 56.9 50.9 6.0 
41 Headquarters - Air Force Reserve Command (HQ AFRES), Air Force 55.6 50.4 5.2 
41 Under Secretary for Management and Performance, DOE 55.6 42.6 13.0 
43 Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA 54.3 59.7 -5.4 
44 Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HHS 52.6 46.1 6.5 
45 Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior 51.1 63.8 -12.7 
46 Office of the Secretary (OS), HHS 50.5 41.9 8.6 
47 Central Office (VACO), VA 49.5 56.4 -6.9 
48 Headquarters, Air Force 48.9 0.0 
49 Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA 48.5 0.0 
49 U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), Army 48.5 51.4 -2.9 
51 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), DOE 47.7 41.6 6.1 
52 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DHS 46.3 44.3 2.0 
53 National Park Service (NPS), Interior 46.1 47.3 -1.2 
54 Management Directorate (MGMT), DHS 45.9 42.1 3.8 
55 Transportation Security Administration (TSA), DHS 44.2 49.4 -5.2 
56 Office of Management (OM), ED 38.3 47.0 -8.7 
57 Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA 21.9 0.0 
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 
Air Education and Training Command (ATC), Air Force 51.6 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 
Installation and Mission Support (AFIMSC), Air Force 0.0 
Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Force 0.0 
Air Mobility Command (AMC), Air Force 0.0 
Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Force 0.0 
Space Command (AFSPC), 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 
Risk Management Agency (RMA), USDA 0.0 
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA 0.0 
Office of the General Counsel (OGC), 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 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), USDA 0.0 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 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 Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), 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 
Joint Activities, Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), Army 0.0 
U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), 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 
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 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce 0.0 
International Trade Administration (ITA), 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 
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 Information Systems Agency (DISA), DOD 0.0 
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), DOD 64.3 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 60.4 0.0 
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), DOD 0.0 
Defense Health Agency (DHA), DOD 0.0 
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), DOD 0.0 
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), 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 
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 
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 
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 
Power Marketing Administrations (PMA), DOE 0.0 
Office of the Secretary (OS), DOE 0.0 
Under Secretary for Science and Energy, DOE 69.9 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 the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), ED 0.0 
Federal Student Aid (FSA), 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 
Public Buildings Service (PBS), 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 Inspector General (OIG), GSA 0.0 
Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), 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 
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS 0.0 
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), DHS 0.0 
National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), 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 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 Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), 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 41.0 0.0 
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior 0.0 
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Interior 66.7 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 
Ames Research Center (ARC), NASA 0.0 
Glenn Research Center (GRC), NASA 0.0 
Langley Research Center (LARC), NASA 0.0 
Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), NASA 0.0 
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), NASA 83.0 0.0 
Johnson Space Center (JSC), NASA 0.0 
Kennedy Space Center (KSC), NASA 0.0 
Immediate Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy 0.0 
Office of Naval Research (ONR), Navy 0.0 
Naval Medical Command (NAVMEDCOM), Navy 0.0 
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Navy 0.0 
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Navy 0.0 
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Navy 0.0 
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Navy 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 
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 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 
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 
National Cemetery Administration (NCA), VA 0.0 

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

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