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News Release

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Issues Federal Human Capital Survey Results Focusing on Individual Federal Agencies

Results are meant to help agencies maintain or improve their human capital efforts

Washington, DC - During a briefing today at the National Press Club, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released agency-by-agency results and, for the first time, agency rankings from its 2006 Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS). The Survey's governmentwide results were issued on January 17.

"Federal agencies are accountable for ensuring they have an effective that gets things done," said OPM Director Linda M. Springer at the beginning of the briefing. "These rankings do a great job of letting individual agencies know where they stand on meeting human capital expectations. They also give managers and supervisors important insight into those workforce issues that need immediate attention."

To help agencies better gauge their progress and standing, OPM developed and ranked agencies on four important indices: Leadership and Knowledge Management, Results-Oriented Performance Culture, Talent Management and Job Satisfaction. Today's briefing spotlighted the top-10 ranked agencies on each index.

The indices are directly tied to the areas of strategic human capital management on which agencies are regularly evaluated. Each index is comprised of specific items on the Federal Human Capital Survey. "This is the real value of these rankings," said Springer. "OPM's rankings are not based on general ratings of overall satisfaction with the agency, with no indication of why an agency ranks high or low. With these rankings, agencies can ‘drill down' to the item level to target specific areas in need of attention if they want to improve their rankings."

"By completing this survey, federal employees have provided important information about their work environment," said Springer. "Their responses are a rich source of information for addressing important human capital issues that impact the federal workforce."

For the complete set of Agency-by-Agency Survey results, go to

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