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2009 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

The Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation published their 2009 rankings of the best places to work in the federal government. The rankings were based on data from the biannual Federal Human Capital Survey administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and are posted at

Data was collected from 212,000 federal employees in 279 federal organizations and subcomponents, including 30 large agencies and 32 small agencies. Index scores for large organizations ranged from 80.7 to 52.2.

Among those listed as large agencies, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency ranked 1st overall for employee satisfaction and commitment. The US Intelligence Community, which was included in the rankings for the first time, ranked 4th. Surprisingly (or perhaps not) OPM, whose title implies expertise in creating employee satisfaction and commitment, ranked 20th. The Department of Homeland Security ranked 28th.