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2009 Best Places to Work Rankings in the Federal Government

The Partnership for Public Service and American University's School of Public Affairs recently released the 2009 edition of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. The Best Places to Work rankings are the most comprehensive and authoritative rating and analysis of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government.

While the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Government Accountability Office maintained their top positions in 2009, both agencies also significantly increased their scores. On the other side of the spectrum, the three lowest-ranked agencies in 2007, the Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security and Small Business Administration (SBA), were all among the most-improved agencies in 2009. SBA improved its index score by a whopping 30 percent.

For the fourth time in a row, survey data showed the primary driver of job satisfaction in the federal space to be effective leadership. While this finding is no surprise, the reasons behind it are. Although conventional wisdom holds that the greatest influence on an employee's satisfaction is his or her immediate supervisor, the 2009 Best Places rankings reveal that the quality of the agency's senior leadership is the primary indicator of employees' leadership satisfaction.

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