Top 10 Government Agencies to Work For

Partnership for Public Service ranked government agencies in order of best places to work. I look at the 10 agencies with the biggest improvement in the 2010 rankings and provide some feedback.
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At GovLoop, the social network for government employees that I run, we often discuss best and worst of government, like the "Top 5" best and worst places to live as a government employee, worst things to say in a meeting and more. Last week, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released their 2010 Federal Viewpoint Survey data. The data reveals federal employee perception of what it's like to work in specific agencies.

The fine folks at the Partnership for Public Service will take this data and some of their own findings to create an annual ranking of government agencies in order of Best Places to Work. The 2010 rankings will be released in September.

Below, I take a look back at the 10 agencies with the biggest improvement in the 2009 Best Places to Work rankings and provide a special spin on the results.

10) Department of Education (ED) - This might be the one I'm happiest to see on this list. We seriously need good people in this agency and keeping them happy means keeping them around.

9) U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - Talk about global reach. First off, you are saving the world and, second, there's probably a decent shot you get to travel to some cool places. I'd be pretty happy working at USAID, too!

8.) Department of Homeland Security - Well, it makes sense that employee satisfaction has gone up here as they no longer have to deal with my antics (NOTE: that's where I worked before moving full-time to GovLoop). In all seriousness, DHS didn't have the best scores when I was working there, but it's nice to see them moving up the ranks.

7) Office of Personnel Management - The creator of the employee satisfaction survey is on its way up. Is this a form of insider training? Did they taint the results? Nope. I've heard they have been working hard internally and it's cool to see the model makers become the model.

6) Court Services and Offender Supervision Services - This is a head scratcher for me. It seems like a lot of paper work. Then again, that's government as a whole. I am a believer in second chances though.

5) National Transportation Safety Board - Well, I like to see that this agency is on the up and up because I travel quite a bit and would prefer that no accidents happen.

4) National Endowment of the Arts - Music, movies and sweet paintings: yes, please! Also, what these people do and how they do it can determine American culture, which is pretty groovy.

3) Commodity and Trading Futures Commission - According to their description, they protect us from financial abuse and unfair sale prices. Does this mean they have the power to keep gas down? If so, I think we should invest more energy in making them a great agency!

2) Federal Maritime Commission - They protect and regulate ocean transportation of foreign commerce, like keeping our stuff safe from pirates. 'Nuf said.

1) Small Business Association - Helping small businesses and keeping Wal-mart from taking over the world are noble causes. Plus, one of my mentors (thanks, Jack) is working hard to make this agency a great place to spend your career

By the way, you can view the full rankings and slice and dice the data for yourself here. And check out some of the great gov jobs

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