Only 59 percent of federal employees surveyed by the Office of Personnel Management said they were satisfied with their jobs, says OPM's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The global satisfaction index captured four aspects of employee contentment: their job, their pay, their organization and if they would recommend their organization as a good place to work.
NASA employees are the most engaged with their work among larger agencies and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency topped the category among small agencies, says the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. OPM measured employee engagement as "the employees' sense of purpose that is evident in their display of dedication, persistence and effort in their work or overall attachment to their organization and its mission."
Response rates to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey have dropped by nearly six percentage points over the last four years. In 2010, nearly 53 percent of federal workers responded to the questionnaire. But, by 2014, that number dropped to about 47 percent, the Office of Personnel Management survey shows.
An Interior Department investigation found that the U.S. Park Police's search for a missing woman in 2013 was sufficient despite "inappropriate, insensitive comments" made by a shift commander about her at the time.
Agencies are attempting to dutifully move toward shared services – a core Office of Management and Budget priority – but change is difficult, said Kathleen Turco, chief financial officer of the Veterans Health Administration. Turco said the salary construct within government, known as the Office of Personnel Management's general schedule, impedes innovation and risk taking, which makes adopting shared services more difficult.
Beginning Nov. 1, DoD says that civilian employees on government business who stay at a location for more than 30 days will receive a flat per diem that is about 75 percent of a locality's current rate. If they travel for more than 180 days, then the per diem is only 55 percent of the local rate.
Federal worker satisfaction with their senior leaders hit its lowest point in five years, the 2014 Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey says. But even with that level of dissatisfaction, federal workers said they believed in their own agencies' missions and worked hard to do a good job.
A transgender Army civilian employee faced discrimination from higher ups when they wouldn't recognize her transition from male to female, an Oct. 23 Office of Special Counsel statement says.
The American Federation of Government Employees is suing the Agriculture Department to block implementation of a new poultry inspection system that the union says could result in diseased or tainted poultry being sold to consumers.
Thousands of federal employees are being kept on administrative leave while they await rulings on misconduct, an Oct. 17 Government Accountability Office report says. Over a three years period that the GAO analyzed, more than 57,000 federal workers were place on administrative leave for at least a month.