The Securities and Exchange Commission has instituted a number of initiatives over the years to get feedback from employees and address their concerns. Senior leaders have held meetings with employees to obtain input, provide answers and let them know their views are important. The SEC, like numerous other agencies and departments, also has held town hall meetings where employees learn about plans for the agency and ask questions.
The Secret Service conducts regular staff surveys and runs Spark, an online employee message board that allows staff to see and elevate staff comments to senior leaders. The comments that receive a significant number of votes are answered by senior leaders.
The Department of Health and Human Services runs an initiative called Ignite Accelerator, an internal program that empowers employee teams to come up with innovative ideas to improve a program or their workplace. Select teams get coaching and guidance to pursue these new ideas. At the Food and Drug Administration, employee teams designed a simplified process for new medical device reviews and approvals as well as created an opioid analytics dashboard to help inform leadership decision-making. Ignite Accelerator also led to a National Cancer Institute initiative that created new mobile health resources to help people quit smoking.