Best Places to Work Agency Rankings

The overall rankings are determined by the Best Places to Work index score, which measures employee engagement.

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.

  • 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 National Endowment for the Arts 85.9 69.3 16.6 
2 Overseas Private Investment Corporation 84.7 86.4 -1.7 
3 Office of Management and Budget 82.7 77.5 5.2 
4 Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 82.3 87.1 -4.8 
5 Federal Labor Relations Authority 80.2 85.2 -5.0 
6 U.S. International Trade Commission 78.9 75.5 3.4 
7 National Endowment for the Humanities 77.1 81.3 -4.2 
8 Congressional Budget Office 75.4 0.0 
9 National Transportation Safety Board 73.2 69.7 3.5 
10 Farm Credit Administration 71.8 67.5 4.3 
11 Merit Systems Protection Board 69.3 73.0 -3.7 
12 Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 67.9 63.1 4.8 
13 Railroad Retirement Board 67.8 68.4 -0.6 
14 Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 67.4 72.9 -5.5 
15 Office of Special Counsel 66.7 58.7 8.0 
16 Surface Transportation Board 64.9 79.8 -14.9 
17 International Boundary and Water Commission 64.7 50.3 14.4 
18 Consumer Product Safety Commission 64.6 63.7 0.9 
19 Corporation for National and Community Service 63.6 63.8 -0.2 
20 Federal Housing Finance Agency 61.3 57.9 3.4 
21 National Gallery of Art 60.9 60.3 0.6 
22 Millennium Challenge Corporation 60.0 47.5 12.5 
23 Federal Maritime Commission 59.3 56.8 2.5 
24 Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 58.5 51.0 7.5 
25 Export-Import Bank of the United States 58.2 59.0 -0.8 
26 Commodity Futures Trading Commission 56.4 48.8 7.6 
27 Selective Service System 55.0 55.1 -0.1 
28 Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 53.6 47.3 6.3 
29 Federal Election Commission 28.4 35.0 -6.6 
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