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News Release

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Contact: Edmund D. Byrnes
Tel: 202-606-2402

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Begins Rollout of 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

Will be distributed to over half a million Federal employees

Washington, DC -- As a part of its promise to listen to what the Federal workforce has to say, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has begun to distribute the 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Previously known as the Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS), the "new and improved" survey will be distributed governmentwide through mid-March. Over half a million Federal employees will be invited to take the survey, approximately 100,000 more than the previous survey.

The survey is intended to measure employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions that characterize successful organizations are present in their agencies. Employees taking the survey are assured that their responses will remain confidential.

"In these times of unprecedented change, it is more important than ever to maintain a focus on the Federal Government's most valuable asset - its employees," said OPM Director John Berry. "Every Federal employee plays a role in fulfilling the mission of each Federal agency or department.  More than ever, their work is critical to the well-being and security of our Nation."

The survey responses will provide general indicators of how well the Federal Government is running its human resources management systems, and it will give senior managers critical information to answer personnel questions that significantly impact how the Federal Government carries out its mission. New items address employee engagement and work/life issues essential to helping make the Federal workplace a model one.

"The Administration has set a course to make the Federal Government America's model employer for the 21st Century," said Berry. "With the cooperation of those taking the survey, we will be better able to gauge what is and isn't working to create a workplace that attracts the best and brightest."

OPM will be encouraging the government's Chief Human Capital Officers to use the data to help them with their workforces, and it is expected that agency managers will make a sophisticated assessment of their own human capital management and develop an action plan for improvement.
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