Federal employees will have their say

Federal Register notice on employee surveys

Related Links

Federal agencies that aren’t conducting employee surveys every year will soon be required to do so. Regulations being drafted specify that survey results must not only be published online but that the surveys include specific questions.

Details of the draft regulations appear in today’s Federal Register. Agency officials and others have until Oct. 17 to comment on them before the Office of Personnel Management issues final regulations.

The notice states that the purpose behind the new survey requirement is to assess leadership and management practices that contribute to agency performance and to measure employee satisfaction with leadership policies and practices, the work environment, rewards and recognition for processional accomplishment, and opportunities for professional development, for example.

Statutory authority for the new requirement was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004.

That law requires agencies to publish the survey results on their Web sites, “unless the head of the agency determines that doing so would jeopardize or negatively impact national security,” the OPM notice states.

The draft regulations also state that OPM will analyze the survey data using new database systems designed to assess how well agency leaders and supervisors are managing employees.

OPM officials expect to issue final survey regulations in early 2006.


  • Comment
    Pilot Class. The author and Barbie Flowers are first row third and second from right, respectively.

    How VA is disrupting tech delivery

    A former Digital Service specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs explains efforts to transition government from a legacy "project" approach to a more user-centered "product" method.

  • Cloud
    cloud migration

    DHS cloud push comes with complications

    A pressing data center closure schedule and an ensuing scramble to move applications means that some Homeland Security components might need more than one hop to get to the cloud.

  • Comment
    Blue Signage and logo of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    Doing digital differently at VA

    The Department of Veterans Affairs CIO explains why digital transformation is not optional.

Stay Connected


Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.