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The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) continues to be an invaluable tool for assessing the state of Federal workplaces. The workforce is the backbone of the government and employee opinions shared through the survey provide an essential catalyst to achieving effective government.

This year more than 485,000 employees participated in the FEVS, showing their commitment to improving the Federal government. Employee feedback builds upon and supports agency improvement efforts while providing an important baseline for new initiatives.

I am pleased to report that overall 2017 Government-wide FEVS results show that Federal employees have a positive perspective of their workplaces. Overall Employee Engagement is at 67, the highest level since 2011. The New IQ (the Diversity and Inclusion index) is at 60, the highest level since the index was first reported. Results for general satisfaction increased to 64, which is up 3 percentage points from last year, and is the greatest increase among the FEVS indices.

Across the core FEVS items, nearly 100% remained the same or increased from last year, with the largest increases found in supervisory relationships, management communication among work units, and organizational satisfaction. The highest positively rated items continue to highlight employees’ perceptions from last year, including willingness to exert extra effort to get the job done, looking for ways to do a job better, and a belief that their work is important.

While 2017 FEVS results are very positive, survey responses also show several key aspects of Federal workplaces could be improved. Based on employee perspectives, agencies would be more effective to the extent that leaders are able to address insufficient resources, recruit for the right skills, recognize employee performance, and generate commitment and motivation in the workforce.

The results of the survey tell an important story. While multiple aspects of Federal workplaces support effective government, there are always opportunities for improvement. FEVS results point the way to stronger workplaces. The ongoing actions of Federal leadership and employees are key to ensuring that we build on the positive gains we have made over the last few years, while addressing areas in need of improvement.

In close, I offer my thanks to the men and women of the Federal work force. Your dedication to your mission and commitment to providing high quality services continue to enrich the lives of the American people.


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