The overall rankings are determined by the Best Places to Work index score, which measures employee engagement.
NOTE: Revised rankings for small agencies and subcomponents will be released in early 2018. The Office of Personnel Management initially withheld employee survey data from the Partnership on 21 small agencies and 165 subcomponents, making it impossible to include these organizations in 2017 rankings released on December 6. OPM provided the additional data on December 5. The Partnership will analyze the new data, generate index scores for the missing agencies and subcomponents, and issue new rankings in late January. This change will not affect large and midsize agencies.
The index score is not a combined average of an agency’s category scores. It is calculated using a proprietary weighted formula that looks at responses to three different questions in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The more the question predicts intent to remain, the higher the weighting.
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.
|1||National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)||80.9||78.6||2.3|
|5||Intelligence Community (IC)||66.6||67.0||-0.4|
|8||Department of State (DOS)||64.0||66.8||-2.8|
|3||Department of Commerce (DOC)||69.2||67.9||1.3|
|12||Social Security Administration (SSA)||63.0||63.1||-0.1|
|14||Department of the Treasury (USDT)||61.6||58.8||2.8|
|11||Department of Justice (DOJ)||63.7||65.7||-2.0|
|4||Department of Transportation (DOT)||67.6||63.4||4.2|
|10||Department of the Navy (DON)||63.8||60.7||3.1|
|2||Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)||70.4||66.4||4.0|
|9||Department of the Interior (DOI)||63.9||61.0||2.9|
|16||Department of the Air Force (USAF)||60.7||59.3||1.4|
|13||Department of the Army (DA)||62.4||57.8||4.6|
|15||Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities (DOD)||61.1||59.8||1.3|
|7||Department of Agriculture (USDA)||65.9||63.1||2.8|
|6||Department of Labor (DOL)||66.2||65.7||0.5|
|17||Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)||56.1||56.7||-0.6|
|18||Department of Homeland Security (DHS)||52.0||45.8||6.2|
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Department of the Air Force; Department of the Army; Department of the Navy; and Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities are part of the Department of Defense. The 2017 Best Places to Work index score for the entire Department of Defense is 62.3, a 3.0 point increase from its 2016 index score of 59.3.