The Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) took their annual deep dive into the federal governments best places to work. The Partnership for Public Service released a segment of their 2022 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings and data early, in partnership with The Washington Post. The early release includes the top 10 agencies, from four different categories. While NASA ranks as number one in the large agency category, the Intelligence Community comes in third.

This is NASA’s 11th year in the number one spot. However, it’s worth noting that while the IC has dropped about five points since 2020 in their engagement and satisfaction score, this segment of the federal workforce that lacks remote options has employees who are satisfied with their job and organization. Respondents are also asked if they would recommend their organization as a good place to work. Recruiting may be challenging in the IC, but once in, employees show a higher intent to remain than 14 other large agencies surveyed.  

“Our government faces daunting challenges and tremendous opportunities in the coming year at a time when public trust in government remains low,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Having a highly motivated and engaged workforce is critical for rebuilding that trust through an effective government. These top agencies set the standard for employee engagement in the federal government.”

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings measure whether employees would recommend their agencies as good places to work and whether they are satisfied with their jobs and organizations. Most of the data used to develop the rankings was collected by the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey in June and July 2022. Additional data came from individual agency surveys conducted between June and November of 2022.  

During that timeframe, agency leaders were making difficult decisions about whether employees should return to the office or work remotely part-or-full-time due to the pandemic, leaving the workforce in flux. Employees also were uncertain about pay raises for 2023 amid soaring inflation, while a number of agencies faced increased demands to implement major legislative initiatives.

This preview will be followed by a release of the complete Best Places to Work rankings on April 12, 2023, including the government-wide employee engagement and satisfaction score for 2022, the full rankings for all participating agencies as well as data and analysis regarding a host of critical workplace issues. A complete list of the top 10 rankings in each category is available at 

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.