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2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey EMPLOYEES INFLUENCING CHANGE

A Message from the Director

Each year leaders in the Federal Government use the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) as a management tool to drive change and increase employee engagement in the federal workforce. The use of that data continues to translate into better service for the American people.

Our FEVS data is only as good as the feedback we receive from the Federal workforce. In 2016, more than 400,000 employees participated in the survey. I am grateful for your willingness to devote your time to provide the feedback we need to help us improve employee engagement. Employee feedback on key performance metrics captured in the FEVS is singularly important for each agency to realize its mission and to develop effective strategies and tools for guiding improvement.

Agency leaders have taken active steps to improve how employees engage with their jobs, organizations, and missions. The success of those actions is clearly reflected in current FEVS results. Overall, scores on almost three quarters of the survey items showed an increase government-wide from 2015. For 2016, more employees agreed that their work gives them a feeling of personal accomplishment, that they are held accountable for results, and their agency is successful at accomplishing its mission.

Scores on the Employee Engagement Index (EEI) continue to rise steadily across government, with a one percentage point increase government-wide in 2016's overall score compared with the 2015 FEVS. This increase reflects the efforts of agencies across government, an effort that has resulted in higher EEI scores among 52 agencies. Of those 52, seven agencies had increases of 10 or more percentage points. The New IQ index also increased a percentage point from 2015, demonstrating that employees generally feel their agencies are becoming more fair, open, cooperative, and supportive.

FEVS results make it clear that agency leaders and managers have responded to the "People & Culture Cross Agency Goal" of the President's Management Agenda (PMA) by taking active steps to improve how employees engage with their jobs, organizations, and missions.

I personally want to thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your dedicated service and commitment to the American people shines through in the work that you do. I am honored to work in the company of such talented, motivated, and hardworking people. Thank you for all that you do!

Beth F. Cobert
Acting Director
U.S. Office of Personnel Management