Best US Federal Government Agencies to work for in 2023 and 2024 according to the Washington Post and FEVS results ; image: office worker smiling

NASA Ranked Top Large US Federal Agency to Work for 12th Straight Year: read about the latest rankings for large, mid-size, and smaller agencies

A recent report from the Washington Post revealed the latest rankings for the best US federal government agencies to work for, according to the latest FEVS (federal employee viewpoint survey) results. The annual report is compiled with data collected during 2023. For large agencies (those which employ at least 15,000 people), the reigning champ for the 11 years prior remained at top for another year in a row: NASA. Working on projects like the Artemis missions and the James Webb telescope has got to be exciting, so I get it. The number 2 spot for this category was also unchanged from the 2022 results, the Department of Health and Human services won that spot. The basement of the list of 17 agencies was also the same as last year with the Social Security Administration seeing only 52.1% of survey respondents saying the SSA was a good place to work.

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The list of mid-size agencies included 26 government organizations that employ 1000 – 14,999 workers. Once more, the top spot was left undisturbed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at number 1. At number 2,  however, the GSA leapt ahead of both the SEC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to claim the runner-up position. At bottom of the medium-sized agencies was the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

When examining the results for smaller agencies that have 100 to 999 employees, the National Indian Gaming Commission took the number 1 spot out of 30 with 93.6% of surveyed employees reporting positively. It was not included in the 2022 results. Last year’s number 4 in this category, the National Endowment for the Humanities, came in at number 2 thanks to 90.5% of respondents having a favorable opinion of their workplace there. The National Endowment saw a jump of 6.5 percentage points from the prior FEVS results, leaving last year’s number 1 at number 3 with a score of 88.1%, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. And the only agency with at least 100 employees to see a score of less than 50% was the last one on the list for at least the second year in a row: the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Not sure what is happening at that agency, but the overall score plummeted from 55% in 2022 to just 40.6% of workers reporting high job satisfaction in 2023. There’s also a list of 459 subagencies or “subcomponents” that employ less than 100 individuals. Only 2 of these had a score worse than the Export-Import Bank of the US: the Federal Bureau of Prisons (DOJ) at 38.1% and the Office of the Chief Operating Officer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency with a score of 39%.

The top-rated agency subcomponent also boasted the top score overall for the second straight year with 96.7% of responding employees giving their workplace a good grade. And that honor belongs to the Office of Negotiations and Restructuring, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

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Benjamin Derge, ChFEBC℠

Ben, a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant℠-designated financial planner with an English degree, combines his love of writing with his knowledge of federal employee benefits in service of our clients as a content strategist here at STWS. He posts new content every week on the Benefits Ben blog. Ben specializes in helping federal employees, retirees, and their families optimize their benefits. His expertise encompasses digital marketing, benefits assistance, annuity management, investment management, and ensuring clients receive superior service and reliable advice.

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Best US Federal Government Agencies to work for in 2023 and 2024 according to the Washington Post and FEVS results ; image: office worker smiling
Best US Federal Government Agencies to Work For