The Federal Government edition of the Best Places to Work” rankings for 2019 have been published. The set of statistics breaks down the governmental organizations by size: large, medium, and small agencies. The larger agencies have 15,000 or more employees while the smaller category contains those with more than 100 but less than 1,000. The medium-sized organizations, obviously, are those in between the 1,001 and 14,999 figures.

                For the larger group, the best place to work was NASA with 81.5% of responding workers giving positive marks about their workplace. Second on the list, after a 10% drop from the Space agency’s stellar grade, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can be found at 71.4%. Of the 17 “large” organizations that participated in the survey, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Homeland Security rounded out the bottom. A noticeable 2.5% drop at the USDA from last year’s results, which was the biggest dip among the group, might be the result of a 2019 decision to move several USDA subagencies from the DC area to Missouri. The biggest change overall was the Intelligence Community’s reported job satisfaction, which shot up 3.6%.

                For the middleweights, the top spot was taken by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which had 82.8% of respondents answer positively. The Federal Trade Commission and the Government Accountability Office provided close competition, though, as those agencies had 82.4% and 81.8%, respectively. The middle class of agencies included 25 organizations with the Education Department (43.7%) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, 48.1%) taking the last spots. The NLRB experienced a drastic 7.2% swing for the worse since 2018, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shot up 6.7% from 51.7% to 58.4% for the biggest positive change.

                The top score came from the US International Trade Commission, which made the number 1 spot on the list of small agencies with 85.8% of responding employees giving positive reviews. The Corporation for the National and Community Service, on the other hand, fell a staggering 27 percentage points from 66.3% in 2018 to 39.3% last year, and that made it last on the list of the 28 small agencies. The Selective Service System, which is responsible for any military draft effort, spiked 17.1% to 61.3% in 2019; the biggest such change for the tinier agencies.

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