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For the first time, fed satisfaction survey will be open to (nearly) all

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The Office of Personnel Management this year plans to more than triple the amount of federal employees invited to take the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. More than 1.8 million permanent feds — both full-time and part-time — will be surveyed beginning in April, OPM said in a memo sent to agencies Jan. 20 and posted online today.

That’s a lot, but — and maybe I’m just picking nits here — it isn’t quite the full, governmentwide census OPM is touting, since there are roughly 2.1 million employees in the federal government (not counting U.S. Postal Service employees).

OPM said it doesn’t plan to hold such an expansive survey every year, but “having large numbers of respondents will allow agencies the opportunity to analyze results and develop action plans at lower levels in the organization this year.”

Last year’s survey, which was answered by about 266,000 feds, showed satisfaction dropped in key areas and suggested budget battles were starting to take a toll on morale. The 2012 survey could show whether that trend is continuing — and is a major cause for alarm — or whether it was just a fluke.

What do you think? Are you feeling more or less satisfied than you were last year?



  1. Lynn Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    No, no, no, and thousand times NO…

  2. IRS agent Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    OPM should get their own house in order instead of wasting more taxpayer dollars on useless surveys – get the retirement checks out, and stop misclassifying people as probationary – a deadly mistake which is ruining lives! At IRS, no one will answer the survey truthfully anyway, since (I quote the territory manager’s sister) “no one will have the guts to tell the truth!) we need to get rid of OPM, IRS, and MSPB, and start over. The nepotism, incompetence, and abuse of power is so out of control – lives are being ruined, and it’s time for CHANGE!!!!!!

  3. Joe Says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Yes, Yes, Yes, a million times Yes!!!

  4. Shocked Employee Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    “Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey-AF” from evaf@opm.gov. There are about 100 questions to be answered, of which one asks the employee to identify his/her sexual orientation. I cannot believe OPM would have the unmitigated gall to ask such a question