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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 nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service is committed to the idea that government is most effective when it has an engaged workforce, strong leaders and the information to make smart decisions. 

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 the 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 leaders a way to measure employee engagement across the federal workforce, as well as at individual departments, agencies and their subcomponents. The rankings alert federal leaders to signs of trouble and provide 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, while potential job seekers can gain insights into how federal employees view their agencies.

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 the workplace culture. 

Participating federal organizations are ranked according to overall employee engagement. The vast majority of those entities also are rated on eight additional workplace categories such as leadership, innovation and work–life balance. This year, the Partnership and BCG also rated agencies on how effectively they navigated the coronavirus pandemic, including equipping employees to do their jobs and deliver on the mission. 

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

The Partnership for Public Service and BCG extend thanks to the Office of Personnel Management for its excellent administration of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey upon which the Best Places to Work rankings are based. 

About the Partnership and BCG

For 20 years, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective. 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. 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. In our work with the federal government, BCG is recognized for bringing commercial insights and best practices to our public sector clients.