Last chance for the GCN reader survey

Annual employee survey starts July 13

The Office of Personnel Management will kick off the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey on July 13, after the effort was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The survey will be open for six weeks, with agencies receiving the first results in October.

FEVS will include a section addressing the COVID-19 pandemic so agencies can learn how employees were able to continue to do their jobs in the face of an emergency.

“The OPM FEVS continues to be one of the most powerful platforms for Federal employees to share their opinions and perceptions regarding work experiences influencing productivity,” OPM acting Director Michael Rigas wrote in a June 25 memo. “With the addition of the COVID-19 pandemic section, the survey also provides employees an opportunity to participate in data collection with the potential to shape future policies and interagency learning regarding human capital management in the face of an emergency.”

FEVS is administered to full-time and part-time, permanent, non-seasonal employees of departments and large agencies and to employees at small and independent agencies that accept an invitation to participate.

On March 31, Rigas announced that the FEVS would be postponed so agencies could focus on their critical missions and allow them to maximize employee participation in the survey.

Results from the last survey released in November showed a 42.6% response rate, with 615,000 out of about 1.44 million employees participating. 

Reader comments

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Wed, Jul 1, 2020, comment is both priceless & correct

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

This and previous surveys is a waste of employee time and is a constant joke. The results are never examined in detail to see what type of deficient and ineffective management does to productive employees. It also does nothing to examine the age and gender biases of lousy managers.

Wed, Jul 1, 2020

A constant do nothing survey like this one does nothing to eliminate deficient management, age and gender bias so rampant in civil service. The big outfit in Bethesda is plagued by poor managers who cheat, lie and get away with attendance, teleworking etc. They also write each other up for large bonuses and force out older individuals. The deficient managers need elimination but this will never happen. Best advice stop wasting federal employees time on such limited use surveys.

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