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America deserves a federal government that is highly effective—meaning one that is efficient, innovative and responsive to the needs of the public. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service is committed to the idea that government works best when it has an engaged workforce, good leaders and the processes, structures and information to make smart decisions. We accomplish our mission by identifying opportunities to make government work better, offering solutions to fix government where it is broken and collaborating with people inside and outside government to bring about change.

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, part of our effort to strengthen the federal workforce and the management of government, offer the most comprehensive assessment of how federal public servants view their jobs and workplaces. The rankings, produced by the Partnership and Boston Consulting Group, provide employee perspectives on leadership, pay, innovation, work–life balance and a range of other issues.

Most importantly, the rankings and accompanying data give federal leaders a way to measure employee engagement across the federal workforce, as well as at individual departments, agencies and their subcomponents. This serves to alert federal leaders to signs of trouble and provides a roadmap to better manage our government’s most important asset—its employees. At the same time, leaders across government can learn from success stories to help improve their own organizations.

The best private sector organizations understand that increased employee engagement leads to better performance and outcomes, and federal leaders need to follow suit by placing greater emphasis on improving employee engagement and workplace culture.

The 2019 Best Places to Work rankings include the views of more than 883,000 civil servants from 490 federal agencies and their subcomponents on a wide range of workplace topics.

This includes 615,395 employees who completed the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey as well as employees from 10 agencies who completed surveys with similar questions during a comparable time frame. These agencies include the Peace Corps, the Smithsonian Institution, the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, the rankings incorporate responses from employees at the nation’s intelligence agencies, which conducted a similar survey but did not report the number of respondents.

Participating federal organizations are ranked according to overall employee engagement.

The vast majority of those entities also are rated on 10 additional workplace categories such as leadership, strategic management, innovation and work–life balance.

This website provides an overview of each department, agency and subcomponent included in the 2019 rankings and expert analysis of what the results mean. Users can conduct side-by-side comparisons of how agencies or their subcomponents rank in various categories, how they compare with other agencies and determine whether they have improved or regressed over time.

The Partnership for Public Service and BCG extend thanks to the Office of Personnel Management for its administration of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.


About the Partnership and BCG

For 18 years, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective for the American people. We work across administrations to help transform the way government operates by increasing collaboration, accountability, efficiency and innovation.

BCG is a global management consulting firm dedicated to advising clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with offices in more than 90 cities in 50 countries. We partner with our clients to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their challenges, and transform their enterprises so that they achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. We continue to seek to be agents of positive change—for our clients, our people, and the greater society in the excellence of our work and the opportunities for personal growth that we provide to our employees. In our work with the federal government, BCG is recognized for bringing commercial insights and best practices to our public sector clients. We are recognized as a Best Place to Work in industry and are proud to co-sponsor the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Rankings.

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