I've been hearing some grumbling about all the hassle at the FSA for signup. And your humble correspondent has been known to point out certain flaws in the USDA.
But how do USDA employees rate their department? Or how does the USDA compare as a place to work with other agencies?
Every other year the Office of Personnel Management conducts a mammoth survey of the federal workforce. From the responses of more than 200,000 federal employees, the OPM calculates agency-by-agency scores on four dimensions: leadership (which indicates how favorably employees of an agency regard their leaders), performance (which indicates the extent to which employees believe their agency promotes improvements in processes, products, and services), talent (which indicates the degree to which employees think their agency has the talent needed to achieve its goals), and job satisfaction (which indicates how satisfied employees are with their jobs). In the 2008 survey, the results of which were released a couple of months ago, 37 agencies were rated.
The official release of the results listed only the agencies that placed in the top ten of each of the four categories, apparently to avoid embarrassing the bottom-dwelling agencies. Joe Davidson of the Washington Post subsequently obtained the complete lists, which included all 37 agencies, and identified the bottom ten on each dimension as well as the top ten in a piece in the Post. He also put the full listings — ratings as well as rankings — for all 37 agencies available online. [More]
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Unsurprisingly, nukes rule. But it is something to remember when dealing with USDA employees that they do not rate their own department as highly as other agencies.
Perhaps they too realize the hypocrisy of most farm programs.