DHS, National Archives, & Chemical Safety Board Ranked Worst Places to Work

Published: Apr 16, 2015

WASHINGTON— House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing today to examine the findings of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), which ranks federal employee satisfaction among government agencies. The report identifies the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (score of 48%), National Archives and Records Administration (score of 49%) and Chemical Safety Board (score of 38%) among the worst places to work for large and small agencies respectively. *Scores can be found beginning on page 68 of the report

The 2014 survey reached out to 800,000 federal employees within 82 agencies. Of those engaged, nearly 400,000 participated.

“Are agency leaders doing enough? Survey results for the agencies that appear before us today suggest that not enough has been done,” said Chairman Meadows. “Seven in 10 workers said their chance at a promotion is based not on merit, but on favoritism. Something that is extremely troubling to me and the ranking member.”

Follow Up Actions

  • Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows today launched a federal employee “tip line” as a resource for federal employees to share concerns about operations and management of federal agencies. Federal employees can email TellMark@mail.house.gov. Their correspondence will be treated with anonymity and used as a valuable resource to help identify some of the biggest internal issues contributing to lack of workplace satisfaction within federal agencies.
  • The House Oversight Committee will continue to conduct ongoing oversight to ensure that agency leaders are utilizing the feedback from the FEVS survey to improve morale and employee engagement.
  • Subcommittee Chairman Meadows will continue site visits to federal agencies and meetings with federal employees.