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What is the Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey?

The Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (OPM FEVS) measures employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characteristic of successful organizations are present in their agencies. The OPM FEVS serves as a tool for employees to share their perceptions in many critical areas including their work experiences, their agency, and leadership. The OPM FEVS provides results at lower levels allowing managers to see where improvements within their work unit are necessary. The results provide agency leaders insight into areas where improvements have been made, as well as areas where improvements are needed.

What is the history of the Survey?

The Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey was first administered in 2002 as the Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS), and then again in 2004, 2006 and 2008.  The FHCS was renamed the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) in 2010 and revised to focus more on actionable items. Starting in 2010, OPM began administering the OPM FEVS annually.

Included in the OPM FEVS, are the items that make up the Annual Employee Survey (AES). Currently in regulation, 5 CFR Part 250, subpart C, requires Executive agencies to conduct an annual survey and when the OPM FEVS is administered, OPM fulfills this obligation for agencies.

Who Participates in the Survey?

The Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is administered to full-time and part-time, permanent, non-seasonal employees of Departments and/large agencies and the small/independent agencies that accept an invitation to participate in the survey.

How is the Survey Administered?

The survey is conducted electronically, with employees notified by email of their selection for the sample. To encourage higher response rates, OPM sends multiple follow-up or reminder emails to participants.

Are the Results Accurate?

The data collected are weighted to ensure survey estimates accurately represent the survey population. Use of unweighted data could produce biased estimates of population statistics. The final data set reflects the agency composition and demographic makeup of the Federal workforce within plus or minus 1 percentage point. Demographic results are not weighted. For more information on OPM FEVS methods, including data weighting and analysis, see the OPM FEVS Technical Report.

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