OPM has delayed for the second time the release of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, telling agencies it “is being postponed to support your critical agency missions as well as maximize employee participation in the survey.”
The new projected start date is September 14, and as before the plan is to administer it in phases, with employees having six weeks to respond.
The survey, which normally is conducted in the spring, was delayed March 31 soon after the pandemic was declared and large numbers of federal employees began teleworking. That delay initially was indefinite, but then in late June OPM announced the first phase would start July 13, a date that now too has been pushed back.
In announcing the delay in a memo released last Friday, OPM told agencies that “We apologize for the late notification and appreciate the efforts you and your staff have undertaken to prepare for the 2020 FEVS. Our OPM Survey Analysis team looks forward to continued work with you to administer a successful survey in September.”
In the June announcement, OPM had said that the survey is to include a number of new questions related to working through the pandemic, as well as simplified versions of long-running questions about employee satisfaction, personnel policies, working conditions and more. Results typically are released starting in the early fall but the additional delay likely will push that to around year’s end or into next year.