That’s obviously a twist on the old joke. But it’s not a joke. This country faces new and difficult challenges, and we need the best and the brightest more than ever to work for the federal government. Two organizations, the Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) have teamed up to help make that happen. They produce the The Best Places to Work rankings — the most comprehensive and authoritative rating of employee engagement in the federal government.

Agencies and subcomponents are ranked on a Best Places to Work index score, which measures overall employee engagement. The agencies and subcomponents are scored in 10 workplace environment (“best in class”) categories such as effective leadership, employee skills/mission match and work/life balance.

There is also the Overall Index Scores for Employee Satisfaction and Engagement which measures the performance of agencies and agency subcomponents related to employee satisfaction and engagement. And the winners are:

  • Large Agencies: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Small Agencies: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Agency Subcomponents: Office of Inspector General (Treasury)

Here is a link to the complete rankings.