2019 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®

The most comprehensive and authoritative rating of employee engagement in the federal government.

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The annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, produced by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group, measure employee engagement government-wide as well as at individual departments, agencies and subcomponents. The rankings provide a means of holding leaders accountable for the health of their organizations, shining the spotlight on agencies that are successfully engaging employees as well as on those that are falling short.

In 2019, the federal government-wide Best Places to Work employee engagement score is 61.7 out of 100, a 0.5-point decrease from 2018. This modest dip came during a time when about 800,000 of the 2 million federal employees were affected by a lengthy government shutdown, when there were a number of critical leadership vacancies at agencies across government, and when many agencies were dealing with a variety of political crosscurrents. The 2019 data also shows small increases in eight of 10 workplace categories that help define the overall employee experience, including training and development, performance-based awards and advancement, and effective leadership.

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