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The latest rankings of the best places to work in government generally follow a familiar pattern, with NASA at the top of the rankings among large agencies for the ninth straight year and relatively minor changes among the top ranks of agencies in all size groups.

The report by the Partnership for Public Service says that among the 17 largest agencies, NASA was followed by the intelligence community collectively, Transportation, HHS and Commerce. Among the 25 mid-sized agencies, the GAO was on top followed by the FTC, FERC, SEC and National Science Foundation. In the previous report in late 2019, FERC had been on top followed by the FTC and the GAO.


The CBO won among the 29 small agencies, followed by the OSC, International Trade Commission, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Farm Credit Administration; the ITC had been on top in 2019.

Among the 411 subcomponents ranked, the IG’s office at the TVA again was at the top followed by the office of general counsel at the FERC, the Bureau of Competition at the FTC, the Office of Support Operations at SEC and the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the NSF.

While the ratings are not an official government product, they carry influence. High-ranked agencies often tout their standing on their websites and in recruiting pitches, while low-ranked ones often find themselves the subject of additional scrutiny from Congress.

In the large agency category, DHS again finished at the bottom, with Agriculture, SSA and State just above. Among mid-sized agencies the U.S. Agency for Global Media was lowest, with the NLRB, Education and Consumer Financial Protection Board just above.

Among small agencies, the OMB was lowest, just below the Corporation for National and Community Service, International Boundary and Water Commission and International Development Fund. Among subcomponents, the lowest was the International Broadcasting Bureau, with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at Agriculture just above.

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