Wallops Island, VA - Oct 2019: A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket at the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. This was Northrop Grumman’s 12th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA once again took top honors in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ratings by the Partnership for Public Service.

The rankings, which incorporate data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to create an overall employee engagement score, showed NASA the top among large agencies with an 81.5 score, more than 10 points above the second-place HHS, which was followed in turn by the intelligence community (collectively rated as a large agency), Commerce and Transportation.


Among mid-sized agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission narrowly overtook the FTC for the top spot at 82.8, followed by GAO, FDIC and SEC. Among small agencies, the International Trade Commission again was the highest-scored, at 85.8, followed by the Farm Credit Administration, Peace Corps, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Among subcomponents, the IG’s office at the TVA again was tops with a 95.7 score, followed by the office of general counsel at the FERC, the office of operations at ITC, the office of the executive director of FERC and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau at Treasury.

The largest improvements were in the intelligence community for large agencies; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for midsized agencies; the Selective Service System among small agencies; and the Foreign Service Institute for subcomponents.

DHS was the lowest rated among the 17 large agencies, just above Agriculture and Air Force; Education was the lowest among the 25 mid-sized agencies, just above NLRB and the Agency for Global Media; the Corporation for National and Community Service the lowest among 28 small agencies, just above the FLRA and the Export-Import Bank; and the DHS office of countering weapons of mass destruction among 420 subcomponents.

Notable decreases were seen at Agriculture, Transportation and Education; the Social Security Administration, the National Labor Relations Board; the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.